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Bitter Orange

Claire Fuller



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Fig Tree
07 May 2019
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Thriller & suspense
Frances Jellico is dying, her memory clouded by illness. A man who calls himself a vicar visits her often, determined to extract a confession from her. He wants to know what really happened that fateful summer of 1969, when Frances, tasked with surveying the Lyntons' garden architecture for the absent owner, first set eyes on the glamorous, bohemian Cara and Peter. He will want to know how she tumbled into their dazzling lives- the wine-drenched dinners, the skies hot and hazy with cigarettes. The Judas hole she used to spy on the couple.

And the crime that split their lives open like rotten fruit.
By:   Claire Fuller
Imprint:   Fig Tree
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   202g
ISBN:   9780241983461
ISBN 10:   0241983460
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Bitter Orange

Sumptuous and sinister with gothic hints, this is a compelling tale of blurred friendships * Prima * Beautifully written, with echoes of Barbara Vine and Daphne du Maurier * Andrew Taylor, Spectator Books of the Year 2018 * Elegant, atmospheric, vivid * The Big Issue * Cannily releasing clues on the way to an explosive finale . . . The lush setting and remarkable characters make for an immersive mystery * Publishers Weekly * Full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller * Belfast Telegraph * With shades of Brideshead and Manderley, Claire Fuller's atmospheric third novel plays a satisfyingly unpredictable game with reader expectations. Prepare to be meticulously unsettled and horribly enthralled * Country Life * Naturally engaging and elegantly written. Fuller is an amply gifted storyteller * Spectator * Loneliness, guilt and atonement are at the heart of the atmospheric Bitter Orange * Good Housekeeping * Full of complex characters and narrative richness * The Sunday Times Culture * A smart creation from a skilled writer: a heady psychological novel that builds its layers carefully to allow gradual revelations and stomach-churning surprises * Financial Times * Multi-layered, lush, twisty and brilliantly clever * The Sunday Mirror * Fuller is a master at summoning the atmosphere of a heady, hot summer that thrums with tension * Stylist * An exquisite and skilfully written novel, which worms its way under your skin while Frances's loneliness seeps off every page * Red * Dark, beautifully written. It reminds me very much of Ian McEwan's Atonement, with similar slow-build tension and claustrophobic atmosphere * The Pool * A rich, dark pressure cooker of a novel that simmers with slow heat and suppressed tension * Ruth Ware * A compulsive page-turner. Fuller creates an atmosphere of simmering menace with all the assurance of a latter-day Daphne du Maurier * The Times * Bewitching, otherworldly . . . full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller. * Scotsman * Sinister and suspenseful, this gothic novel simmers with guilt, lust and envy * Mail on Sunday * Bitter Orange reads like an assured, old-school, du Maurieresque classic. It's an atmospheric page-turner that speeds us towards a bloody climax of shocks and surprises * Irish Times * A sinister story that considers the terrifying lengths people will go to escape their pasts. In the vein of Shirley Jackson's bone-chilling The Haunting of Hill House, Fuller's disturbing novel will entrap readers in its twisty narrative, leaving them to reckon with what is real and what is unreal. An intoxicating, unsettling masterpiece. * Kirkus * A delicate and disturbing read, alive with love, lust, envy and guilt * S Magazine * Atmospheric. Rich, clever and very readable. * Amanda Craig, Telegraph * It is rare for me to put down a novel and then immediately consider rereading it to see what cleverness I might have missed. This time, though, I am tempted. * Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times * This darkly smouldering, desperately sad, superior psychological thriller contains shades of Zoe Heller's Notes On A Scandal * Daily Mail * A rich and hypnotic read * Tatler * Heady, claustrophobic . . . makes for perfect heatwave reading. Echoes Penelope Lively's Booker-winning Moon Tiger, Anita Brookner's Look At Me, and Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger * Independent * As haunting as tuberose and delicate as a scalpel * Laline Paull * A twisty, thorny, darkly atmospheric page turner about loneliness and belonging * Gabriel Tallent, author of My Absolute Darling * A stealthy shocker about thwarted desire. A sinister, slow-burn tale that saves its most heart-wrenching revelation for last * Metro * Reminds me of JL Carr's A Month in the Country, Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, and Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Incredibly atmospheric, vivid, and intriguing. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading a forgotten classic. * Emma Healey * Rich and compelling. Fuller is an accomplished writer * Observer * Nothing is quite what it seems in this engrossing, moreish novel about a naive woman and the hedonistic couple who beguile her * Sunday Times Culture *

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