Nominated by:

Redbridge Libraries, London, UK

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin, UK

Our Endless Numbered Days

Claire Fuller      

2017 Longlist

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.

(from publisher)

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. Our Endless Numbered Days is her first novel.

Librarian’s Comments

Written from a child’s viewpoint, this is a dark fabulist narrative, boldly conceived and rivetingly realised. Survivalism meets the coming of age novel.

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