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Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller


Published: 30th January 2017
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Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. But instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, despite Gil's talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach. Twelve years later her adult daughter Flora comes home to look after her injured father.

Secretly, Flora has never believed that her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realising that the answers she's looking for are hidden in the books that surround her.

About the Author

Claire Fuller was born in Oxfordshire, England, in 1967. She gained a degree in sculpture from Winchester School of Art, but went on to have a long career in marketing and didn't start writing until she was forty. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children. She is also an artist and sculptor and has had several short stories published. Our Endless Numbered Days is her first novel.


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Loved it, a great read!


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  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Thought provoking
  • Well Written


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    • Young adults onwards

    Comments about Swimming Lessons:

    The characters were portrayed in a way that provoked feelings that zipped up and down the spectrum of emotions, from utter contempt to pity and understanding. Amazingly well written.

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    Thrilling, transporting, delicately realised and held together by a sophisticated sense of suspense ... more than matches the power of Fuller's debut ... Powerful , pleasing and pleasurable. Sunday Times A compelling portrait of a complicated, unconventional marriage, and of flawed humanity, with all its secrets, silences and deceits. Excellent. Mail on Sunday It's the sharp eye for detail, sometimes bizarre, that makes her writing stand out ... A story suffused with the poignancy of miscommunication between people who love each other, of the things we can never really know. Guardian Claire Fuller has captured love in its fullest form, nursed on betrayal and regret and guilt ... Swimming Lessons is so smoothly, beautifully written, and the human failures here are heartbreaking. David Vann Bewitching and page-turning ... an extraordinarily smart and satisfying read. Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife Extraordinary...From the opening sentence it is gripping...Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror...might well have you crying out for more. Sunday Times on Our Endless Numbered Days Bewitching...a rivetingly dark tale...spellbinding. Sunday Express on Our Endless Numbered Days Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue. The Times on Our Endless Numbered Days 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' on Our Endless Numbered Days 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 on Our Endless Numbered Days A debut novel that brings to mind such unlikely bedfellows as Thoreau's Walden and Emma Donoghue's Room...gripping. Guardian on Our Endless Numbered Days

    ISBN: 9780241252178
    ISBN-10: 0241252172
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 30th January 2017
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.2  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.39
    Edition Number: 1