Novelist Claire Fuller talks to Nicola Cornick about her second novel, Swimming Lessons, newly released in paperback. Her previous book, Our Endless Numbered Days, won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize and was a 2016 Richard and Judy Book Club Pick.
Swimming Lessons tells the story of Ingrid Coleman who writes letters to her husband, Gil about the truth of their marriage, but decides not to send them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband collects. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears from an English beach. Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home after Gil says he has spotted Ingrid through a bookshop window. Flora, who has existed in a limbo of hope and grief, imagination and fact, wants answers, but doesn’t realise that what she’s looking for is hidden in the books that surround her.
‘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
Claire will be talking to historical novelist Nicola Cornick at Hungerford Library. Her last two books The Phantom Tree and House of Shadows are both inspired by local places and events.
Tickets are £6 and include a glass of wine. Buy from the bookshop, library or on-line at ArtsForHungerford.