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Claire Fuller and Antonia Honeywell in Conversation

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Thursday 30th March at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3

Bestselling novelists Claire Fuller and Antonia Honeywell will talk about their novels, shared themes and what makes a bestseller. Claire’s debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, won the Desmond Elliot Prize in 2015. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons is newly published. Antonia Honeywell is the author of the bestselling The Ship.Swimming Lessons: Gil’s wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil’s books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?

Our Endless Numbered Days: 1976. Peggy Hillcoat spends the summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

The Ship: Welcome to London, but not as you know it. Oxford Street burned for three weeks; Regent’s Park has been bombed; the British Museum is occupied by those with nowhere else to go.Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos, but now she’s sixteen, her father decides it’s time to use their escape route – a ship big enough to save five hundred people. Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want? What is the price of salvation?