Unsettled Ground
Claire Fuller

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Narrated By: Rachel Bavidge

Duration: 9 hours and 30 minutes

What to expect

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What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant?

What would you do to get it back?

Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance.

But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.

Unsettled Ground is a heart-stopping novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. It is a portrait of life on the fringes of society that explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness.

PRAISE FOR CLAIRE FULLER


'So sharply, so utterly brilliant that I found myself holding my breath while reading it, dazzled by Fuller's mastery and precision' LAUREN GROFF, author of Fates and Furies

'Extraordinary, gripping. Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror' Sunday Times

'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

© Claire Fuller 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Modern and contemporary fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Family life fiction

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Thrilling, transporting, delicately realised and held together by a sophisticated sense of suspense

Sunday Times on Swimming Lessons

A gorgeously written celebration of the natural world as well as a moving portrait of a family struggling against time. This book is ultimately about redemption-about the unexpected importance of neighbors, lovers, and friends, and the ways in which we can re-envision our lives for the better, even after the unimaginable has occurred

Lucy Tan

Claire Fuller strikes the perfect balance between beauty and melancholy, in this relevant and powerful exploration of isolation and life on the fringes of society

Clare Mackintosh, author of After the End

Bewitching, otherworldly, full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller

Scotsman, on Bitter Orange

Unsettled Ground is another sly psychological treat from Claire Fuller, who just keeps on getting better with each book

Laline Paull

Fuller's prose is darkly elegant, her eye for character astute and humane, and her sense of place vividly atmospheric -- here is a writer of great skill, sensitivity and subtlety

Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane

Extraordinary, gripping. Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror

The Sunday Times on Our Endless Numbered Days

So sharply, so utterly brilliant that I found myself holding my breath while reading it, dazzled by Fuller's mastery and precision. Not since Flaubert's A Simple Heart have I encountered a narrative that shows, with such clear and patient fury, how breathtaking vulnerability can come from poverty, pride, and helpless family love

Lauren Groff, author of 'Fates and Furies'

A story suffused with the poignancy of miscommunication between people who love each other, of the things we can never really know

Guardian on Swimming Lessons

I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading a forgotten classic