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Claire Fuller
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Bitter Orange

Claire Fuller


Fig Tree

Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery;
Thriller & suspense


288 pages

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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:   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.

Rich and compelling. Fuller is an accomplished writer * Observer * 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 * A stealthy shocker about thwarted desire. A sinister, slow-burn tale that saves its most heart-wrenching revelation for last * Metro * A delicate and disturbing read, alive with love, lust, envy and guilt * S Magazine * A twisty, thorny, darkly atmospheric page turner about loneliness and belonging * Gabriel Tallent, author of My Absolute Darling * As haunting as tuberose and delicate as a scalpel * Laline Paull * 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 * 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 * A rich and hypnotic read * Tatler * 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 * Sinister and suspenseful, this gothic novel simmers with guilt, lust and envy * Mail on Sunday * Bewitching, otherworldly . . . full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller. * Scotsman * 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 compulsive page-turner. Fuller creates an atmosphere of simmering menace with all the assurance of a latter-day Daphne du Maurier * The Times * A rich, dark pressure cooker of a novel that simmers with slow heat and suppressed tension * Ruth Ware * Dark, beautifully written. It reminds me very much of Ian McEwan's Atonement, with similar slow-build tension and claustrophobic atmosphere * The Pool * An exquisite and skilfully written novel, which worms its way under your skin while Frances's loneliness seeps off every page * Red * Fuller is a master at summoning the atmosphere of a heady, hot summer that thrums with tension * Stylist * Multi-layered, lush, twisty and brilliantly clever * The Sunday Mirror * 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 * Beautiful and sinister with a gothic thriller feel * Prima * Atmospheric. Rich, clever and very readable. * Amanda Craig, Telegraph * Full of complex characters and narrative richness * The Sunday Times Culture * Loneliness, guilt and atonement are at the heart of the atmospheric Bitter Orange * Good Housekeeping * Naturally engaging and elegantly written. Fuller is an amply gifted storyteller * Spectator * 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 * Full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller * Belfast Telegraph * Cannily releasing clues on the way to an explosive finale . . . The lush setting and remarkable characters make for an immersive mystery * Publishers Weekly * Elegant, atmospheric, vivid * The Big Issue *

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