Claire Fuller in conversation with Ella Berthoud

Hear Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange, Swimming Lessons and Our Endless Numbered Days in conversation with bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud at this evening event at The House of St Barnabas. Author of The Novel Cure, Berthoud will ask Fuller about the books that made her – what she read as a child and a teenager and what she reads now, as well as a bit about her life story along the way. By the end of the evening she’ll be ‘prescribed’ a series of books that might make good reads for her for whatever reason…audience participation is encouraged.

The event takes place at the House of St Barnabas in Soho Square on 11 December. The House of St Barnabas is a members club and charity working towards eliminating homelessness, and the event will be hosted in the Drawing Room so arrive from 6pm to bag a comfy seat. Claire Fuller’s books are widely acclaimed, and her most recent novel Bitter Orange will receive particular focus at the event. Find our review below:

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

A menacing sense of danger bubbles beneath the surface right from the off in Bitter Orange, the third novel by Claire Fuller. Set in 1969 in a dilapidated English country house, Frances is tasked with writing a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner, Mr Liebermann. But from her attic rooms she discovers that she is not alone; fellow house guests Cara and Peter occupy the floor below, and she soon finds she can spy on them in their most private moments via a peep-hole in the floorboards. The once lonely and shy Frances quickly becomes entwined with the hedonistic young couple, and things begin to spin out of control, the boundaries blurring until something goes terribly, irrevocably wrong.

Published by Penguin this August, the book received critical acclaim not just for its gripping plot but also for its lyrical, sensory writing. “Fuller, a skilled stylist, is very good at letting you get to know Frances by degrees and at describing a setting in which the ordinary rules of life feel suspended…. You can taste the wine, smell the musty fabrics and the overripe fruit, hear the hum of lazy insects.” (The New York Times)


Under the Covers with Claire Fuller
11 December 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
The House of St Barnabas 1 Greek Street Soho Square, W1D 4NQ
— Daisy Allsup
28th November 2018