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Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days

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January 2016 Debut of the Month.

One of our Books of the Year 2015.

Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not from where. Her father is dead, her mother has destroyed all evidence of him from their home. Peggy has a nine-year old brother who she has only just met. Slowly we are drip-fed an extraordinary tale of madness and survival. Young eight-year old Peggy spent an idyllic summer living rough with her father, learning survival skills. He then takes her on a trek across Europe to a deserted wooden hut where they turn native for he believes the world has ended and he and Peggy the only people left alive. How he dies and she eventually gets home is the heart of this terrific tale. It is an unusual, atmospheric, alarming, horrifying tale of madness and survival. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.

If you like Claire Fuller you might also like to read books by Emma Donoghue, Eowyn Ivey and Nathan Filer.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read the full reviews here.

  • Alison Layland - 'A haunting tale that drew me in to a world of beauty and hidden menace.'
  • Michelle McKernan - 'This is a brilliant book which keeps you wanting to know more right until the end. The story is different in style to any others I’ve read which is a refreshing change.'
  • Sue Broom - 'An unusual story focusing on the effects of isolation - a clever and intriguing debut.'
  • Sarah Williams - 'A writer to watch for the future...On the whole this was a pretty good book but it left me unsatisfied because with a little tighter plotting it could have been a fantastic one.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'This book is amazing, powerful, unique and unforgettable!...Claire Fuller is one of those rare writers who don’t come along that often – but when they do there’s nothing quite like it.'
  • Cat Hogwood - 'A story of love, loss, trust and just how far you will go to survive...I would recommend this book to lovers of slightly darker fiction. It was a compelling read.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'When book reveiws tell the reader that it is only at the final few pages is the truth revealed, there is none more true than this one.'  
  • Natalie Plant - 'A well written book about the trials a young girl goes through before making her way back to human existence, interesting but just not for me.'
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'What a well written book, Claire Fuller had me gripped from 50 pages in. Her style of writing was both mature and intelligent and the way she told this story was truly unique.'
  • Nicola Crisp - 'A great book that really built the suspense and intrigue, and was harder and harder to put down as I got nearer the end.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Intriguing, compelling, memorable and truly exceptional.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'Brilliant and intense - says it all!'


Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

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.


'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.' The Sunday Times

'Bewitching...a rivetingly dark tale...spellbinding.' Sunday Express

About the Author

Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller lives in Winchester. She is a director of a marketing agency specializing in marketing communications. She is also an artist and sculptor and has had several short stories published. Our Endless Numbered Days is her first novel.

Author photo © Adrian Harvey

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Publication date

31st December 2015


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Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


304 pages


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