Our Endless Numbered Days (Paperback)Claire Fuller (author)
Winner Of The Desmond Elliott Prize 2015
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is everything.
"Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue." - The Times
"Extraordinary...From the opening sentence it is gripping." - Sunday Times
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue. * The Times *
Bewitching...a rivetingly dark tale...spellbinding. * Sunday Express *
Fuller's twisted tale is compulsive, treading the fine line between charming and sinister. With its disturbing twist, Our Endless Numbered Days could well become a classic. * Stylist, 'Book Wars' *
Rewardingly unsettling...as warped and sinister as any Brothers Grimm fairytale, this tautly written, tense novel is brilliant at evoking both the bewitching beauty of its setting - and its inherent dangers...haunting, suspenseful and deftly written...memorably chilling. * Metro *
Straightaway I was intrigued to find out where this novel was heading... Fuller evokes the natural world's beauty and brutality. * The Independent *
A debut novel that brings to mind such unlikely bedfellows as Thoreau's Walden and Emma Donoghue's Room...gripping. * Guardian *
I tore through it, found it utterly gripping and loved its hypnotic atmosphere. The beauty and pleasures of the natural world pitted against the unravelling horrors of isolation and insanity worked brilliantly. * Esther Freud *
A remarkable first novel, I was much impressed by the conviction of the child's eye view, the vivid climate and the power of the narrative. * Penelope Lively *
Our Endless Numbered Days is suspenseful, utterly riveting, and as dark as midnight in the forest. * Rebecca Hunt (author of Everland and Mr Chartwell) *
Excellent...I loved the combination of Peggy/Punzel's absolutely authentic child's precision for detail and her day-to-day matter-of-factness (often very funny) with the strangeness of the world she inhabited...very powerfully imagined... absolutely compelling. * Morag Joss (author of The Night Following) *
Narrated with warmth and compassion, Our Endless Numbered Days is a haunting and beautiful novel. I loved every page. * Daniel Clay (author of Broken) *
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This is one of those books: a lot can be said for it, but not about it. Not without spoiling it. It has to be experienced firsthand. It deserves to be.... More
The Retreaters have been meeting in Peggy's childhood home in London, planning their survival. Her fatgher James and the other members made lists of necessary items, and he also trained her how to behave in case... More
Peggy (17) recalls that hot summer in her 8th year when her father and his survivalist friends spent long evenings arguing and preparing for the end of the world. Her concert pianist mother suddenly leaves home on... More
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