09 Apr Unsettling Origins | Claire Fuller Interview
Claire Fuller, who has just been longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is our guest author for this month’s episode. Making the most of social distancing rules, Kate met up with Claire at a local park to chat about her new book Unsettled Ground, a beautifully written celebration of the natural world, with long-hidden family secrets to be unearthed. It’s not the first time Claire’s writing has been spotlighted by the publishing industry: her debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, picked up the prestigious Desmond Elliot prize in 2015, and her subsequent books, Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange have also been critically acclaimed. She’s a writer who doesn’t easily fit into a neat genre, although she’s been described by The Times as a modern day Daphne du Maurier. Claire has long been a supporter of libraries, and credits creative writing sessions at Winchester Discovery Centre, her local library, for being a catalyst to her literary career.
Hattie and Kate were joined in their online studio by Hollie from Farnborough Library who recommended Suzanne Collins’ prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. We also talked about the Reading Well initiative – a collection of more than 80 books which have been specially selected for the support and guidance they provide for mental health issues. The collection will be available at all Hampshire Libraries and you’ll also find specially curated online shelves on our BorrowBox app.
NEW UNLIMITED TITLES THIS MONTH ON BORROWBOX:
The Widow by Fiona Barton – a psychological thriller about the dark spaces between a husband and wife.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (audiobook only) – The 2019 Man Booker Prize winner and brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri – the first in the Sicillian crime series featuring Inspector Montalbano.
The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts (unlimited on audiobook only) – a dark thriller.
Hitler’s Secret by Rory Clements – a spy thriller set in 1941.
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates – co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation talks about how by empowering women we can change the world.
Need You Dead by Peter James – the 13th Brighton-based DI Roy Grace novel.
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik – a clever and thoughtful novel about identity and belonging.
Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McParlin – a contemporary novel filled with tears, laughter and love
City of Friends by Joanna Trollope – the 20th novel from this best-selling author: about long-standing friendship and emotional journeys. Listen to our interview with Joanna Trollope in a podcast from 2019.