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Unsettled Ground
Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
From bestselling author Claire Fuller comes a portrait of life on the fringes of society, a heart-stopping novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. 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 fifty-one years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mothers secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.
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NovelNancyM
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This is not an uplifting book as the main character Jeanie is challenged with poverty, illiteracy, and stubborn pride. There is love, music and companionship, but ultimately will a lack of honesty and transparency among people she thinks she knows be possible to overcome?

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jensini
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Interesting so far🌝

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Karons1
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Wow 🤩 this book blew me away ! It made me sad 😢 it made me angry 😤 it made me cry 😭 it made me laugh 😂 I absolutely loved 🥰 it ! Definitely one of my favourite books of the year . Fantastic bookclub pick -highly recommended !

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Karons1
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It‘s good 👍 but oh my goodness it‘s depressing !

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Rissreads
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This book was brilliant. The story and characters are beautifully developed. Unsettled is a great word for how I felt throughout. The two main characters are 51 yr old twins, my age at the moment. It‘s a sad story that made me think about being that age and homeless. Also how different circumstances can put your life on a completely different path, missed opportunities.

CarolynM Great review! I plan to get to this one soon. Your poinsettia is lovely😍 5mo
jlhammar Yes, agree, such a good book! 5mo
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mackelie
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Jeanie and Julius are 51 year old twins when their mother dies. Living an isolated life on the edge of society, they now have to piece things together to survive when things start falling apart.

Beautifully sad story with hopeful ending. Although, I can‘t get over the things that have been lost, the lives that they could have had. I enjoyed the simplicity and realness of the story, struggles people have to go through that are overseen by many.

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TrishB
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I really enjoyed this one ❤️ sad and a bit heart breaking. But very atmospheric and realistic, though to be fair, no one wants this version of life.

jlhammar Loved this one. A favorite from last year. 7mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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TrishB
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Hairdresser reading 😁 a couple of hours peace from the office move!

squirrelbrain Bliss! Hope you‘re enjoying the book! 7mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy! 7mo
Karons1 That‘s been on my kindle TBR for yonks ! Is it any good ? Mixed reviews I think 💭 x x. 7mo
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Centique Good luck for the move too! 💕 7mo
Cathythoughts I look forward to your review! I made a couple of false starts on this one. 🤞🏻 7mo
TrishB @Karons1 ok so far 👍🏻 7mo
TrishB @Centique thank you 😘 7mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts keeping my interest so far! 7mo
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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
After @JillR review last week was really interested in this one! Happy to see this deal 😁

Cathythoughts Thanks Trish ! I have the book already , but that‘s a great deal 9mo
JillR 👍 9mo
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JillR
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What a book. It starts off with some drama but quietly done, and I thought I knew where this was going, but then the blows kept on coming. I was completely riveted and couldn‘t put it down, my heart in my mouth, raging with anger, and maybe some ugly crying. A snapshot of rural life that is far from the bucolic idyll but more a battle against lack of regular work, poverty, prejudice, cruelty and the whims of landowners. Sad, yet quietly uplifting

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
JillR Thanks @trishb, have you read this one? 9mo
TrishB No, but you‘ve made me curious! I‘ve read her others so I don‘t know how this one has passed me by. 9mo
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emmaturi This was one of my favourites from last year. 9mo
JillR @trishb I read Bitter Orange and wasn‘t overwhelmed by it, this was much better I thought x 9mo
JillR @emmaturi it‘s high up on my list for this year too. Reminded me a bit of Elmet by Fiona Mozley which I loved, have you read it? 9mo
Tamra I thought the title well suited to the story! 🙂 9mo
JillR @tamra definitely! 9mo
emmaturi No I haven't read Elmet, but I heard of it. @JillR 9mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It was good. The thing with Fuller‘s books is that they always leave you thinking about them after you‘ve finished. Which is the case here for sure, but overall I thought it was okay, good. It‘s a pretty sad and unsettling story, and I have been thinking about it still after I‘ve finished, but I only always felt it was okay while reading.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I settled on Unsettled Ground to read.

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍 10mo
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Oryx
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This story is stressing me out!
It is good though.
Daisy not so stressed.

Tamra Loved this one! Compelling. 10mo
Cathythoughts I keep meaning to start it ... soon I hope 🤞 10mo
squirrelbrain Yes, this was uncomfortable, but great! 10mo
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Oryx
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Claire/Clare + fruit on the cover + Women's prize listed = me never remembering which book is which.

Think I'll try the tagged one first.

squirrelbrain Ha! They‘re both very good… 10mo
LeahBergen I keep mixing up these authors, too. 😆 10mo
BookwormM I have just started Small Pleasures 🤣🤣 10mo
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Cathythoughts I loved Small Pleasures 10mo
LeeRHarry Loved Small Pleasures and enjoyed Unsettled Ground - both authors I want to read more from 😊 10mo
jhod I have had several very confusing conversations with my mum thinking we were talking about the same author when we weren't. They also both have previous novels with swimming in the title which didn't bp 9mo
jhod Help! 9mo
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Dolly
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Aggghhh! I wish I‘d never picked up this book. Time wasted. Writing ok but ordinary at best. Hackneyed Plot. Misery porn. This is probably not the author for me. Sooo many better books out there.

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Cathythoughts
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Just starting this and I see at the beginning a verse from ‘Scarborough Fair‘
I‘ve always loved that song so much ❤️💔..... memories 💫

jhod This was one of my faves last year, hope you enjoy 😍 10mo
Cathythoughts @jhod Oh good to hear ! Thanks 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
batsy Love the photo 💕 10mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks Suba ! I took so many pictures, I got mixed up ... I can really get hung up on the pictures 🙄🤣 ridiculous! 10mo
emmaturi I found this book really good, one of my favourites from last yea 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hi Cathy 👋 How‘s bonding time with little Emma? 🥰 10mo
Cathythoughts @emmaturi oh great !! More good reviews 💕😁 10mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Bonding with Emma is 🥰🥰🥰 loving it 🥰. Thank you X 10mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Oh, I'm the same!! Litsy is a safe space to talk about our multiple attempts at book pics 😂 10mo
Cathythoughts @batsy 😂😂 Oh man !!! 10mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts haha! So true, especially if we really like a book! 10mo
LeahBergen I love the photo (and your confession of the many attempts at it)! 😆 10mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Yes especially if we really like the book.... obsessed then 😄 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 👍😁 10mo
Centique It‘s a wonderful photo - you clever thing. Are those hyacinths? (I‘m always trying to pick which flowers and plants are pictured!) 10mo
DivineDiana Yes, It is a beautiful song and photo! 10mo
Cathythoughts @Centique Yes ! Hyacinths ❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @DivineDiana 👍❤️❤️ 10mo
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Tamra
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5⭐️ This was such an uncomfortable read that I could not stop reading it! I had to know how the story resolved. Contemporary world, but with a set of adult twins who do not live a modern mainstream lifestyle. I cannot say why without spoiling the plot.

Totally compulsive!

Confession - I ordered all of Fuller‘s backlist before I even finished this one. 😆

Tamra Unsettled ground is a good title! 😶 11mo
LeahBergen I have Bitter Orange waiting on my shelves. I really enjoyed 11mo
Tamra @LeahBergen good to know! 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly I too really enjoyed Swimming Lessons. I have all of her other books but haven‘t read them yet. 😬 @LeahBergen 11mo
rachaich I've only just realised she write Swimming Lessons... I thought it was very good, as was this one. 11mo
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly We just can‘t help ourselves, can we? 😉 11mo
Cathythoughts Stacked ❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Unstacked ! Great review, I just ordered it. 11mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤞🏾🤞🏾 I hope you like it!! 11mo
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thewallflower0707
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I have been ~ influenced ~ to read #UnsettledGround because it popped up on so many nomination lists 📕. It‘s sad and also depressing. Wonderful writing ✍️

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,5 /5

#ClaireFuller

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Tamra
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I have a sneaking suspicion I‘m going to go on a Claire Fuller buying binge. 🤞🏾🤞🏾I hope so! I‘m halfway through and I love her writing.

thewallflower0707 Just bought this book last week! 11mo
slategreyskies Oh, I‘ve never read anything by her. I‘ll have to give her a try. :) 11mo
Tamra @slategreyskies neither have I until this novel. It‘s a very discomfiting situation, such that you have to find out what happens to these adult twins. 😐 11mo
LeeRHarry This was fab and I need to look up the author‘s backlist 😊 11mo
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Tamra
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What a first chapter! Amazing writing. Totally sucked in.

LeeRHarry Loved this one 😊 11mo
everlocalwest Such a great read!!! 11mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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2021 Women's Prize shortlist, I am so glad this was brought to my attention! This is not a book for everyone. It is dark, a bit depressing, & a bit infuriating. It explores human nature in a way not often seen, as usually authors do not tackle homelessness and this is a complex look at 2 characters, homeless, but filled with pride and often treated poorly in their village, all with a suitcase full of mom's secrets to uncover Gorgeously done.

jlhammar Great review. Loved this book! 11mo
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Tamra
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Mrs. Claus has been out shopping for her stocking stuffer. 😉

TheNerdyProfessor This was a great book! 12mo
Tamra @TheNerdyProfessor yay! I‘m looking forward to it. 12mo
Allkat I read her other book Our Endless Numbered Days a few months ago. Want to read another by her. 12mo
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Tamra @Allkat I haven‘t read any of her work yet! 12mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your review 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Caryl Love Subtext Books! 💖 12mo
Tamra @Caryl first visit! It‘s a cute shop. 😊 12mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤞🏾🤞🏾 12mo
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rachaich
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After really not being sure whether I was interested in reading this, I suddenly became vested in finding out what happened! Slow plot that trickles along then rushes. I disliked many of the characters which fitted with the overall storyline.

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rachaich
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Started this strange novel... No clue where it's going!

Crazeedi Hi there! Hope you're doing well, I'm trying to go through my #litsylove list and write to everyone, I've been off my game for a couple months. 13mo
rachaich @Crazeedi I'm ok, taken a while for me to reach a point where I'm content. But I have, and I am. I owe a million letters to beautiful #litsylove folk and feel terrible I've not responded 😫☹😢😧 13mo
Crazeedi @rachaich I know what you mean, but remember it's no stress group, and we can see each other here too 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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Kazzie
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Very interesting. Well written. It was hard to imagine someone without any agency, like the main character, but perhaps being so sheltered and deceived by your parent would cause that. I liked how she got what she wanted in the end, even if it didn‘t look exactly like she imagined

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Well-ReadNeck
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hissingpotatoes There's something compelling about this cover! 1y
Well-ReadNeck @hissingpotatoes I agree! Same with the cover of her earlier novel 1y
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booksandbellyrubs
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The Women's prize winner was announced yesterday this one wasn't it. Although not my favourite of the nominees I read so far, it would've more than deserved the prize as well because it's a beautiful book.
The word "unsettled" in the title is very apt because it's how I felt after finishing this. It's just a little bit heartbreaking. It's a study in how the choices of our parents can affect our life. Pain and beauty combined in this one.

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BookBr
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Lives uprooted by the sudden death of their mother, (adult) twins Julius & Jeanie are left to cope with the aftermath. The evocative language of the book really contrasted with the harsh poverty of its world, and made both all the more striking. Love and loss are made real as the protagonists face challenge after challenge. “It is hard to rewrite your own history,” Jeanie says, but really, that‘s what the book—and adulthood—is all about.

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BookBr
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Looking forward to this one, whose gorgeous cover drew me in just as much as it‘s brief, tantalizing blurb…

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Unsettled Ground is a reflective novel that touches on poverty, grief, and siblings relationship. Adult twins Jeanie and Julius struggle financially after their mother‘s sudden death. Old secrets are revealed and lies untangled as they try to cope with their meagre resources. A soft Pick, and I don‘t think the book should be marketed under the mystery/thriller genre.

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not too satisfied with the ending, seems like it‘s hastily wrapped up nicely. 🤷‍♀️ But I‘m glad the twins got some financial relief, and the friendships of Bridget and Saffron. 1y
BarbaraBB Great review! 1y
callielafleur I'm currently reading this and really enjoying it! 1y
Brimful Good review. Pleased to see this book is shortlisted for the 2021 Costa award. Would have been pleased if it had won the womens Prize 12mo
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Simona
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Mehso-so

As with her previous works, I did like atmosphere in the story and captivating prose, but I wasn‘t seduced by the story. Too many eyes rolling moments in it, for my taste …

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AnneCecilie
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Twins Jeanie and Julius are still living at home with their mother at 51 yr. Then their mother dies, and they learn that things isn‘t as they always thought.

I was a little disappointed in this book. I read Swimming Lessons a few yrs ago and loved it, but I never got involved in this one. I felt that I was on the outside looking in, and never cared about that would happen with the twins.

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KarinWestbrook
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You know that feeling when you read a book, and you just can't put your finger on it, as to what is compelling you forward, to finish the book? That's how Unsettled Ground was for me. Claire Fuller has written a book that is silently captivating; one slow, page at a time. But, it makes perfect sense. She has written a story that has such an excellent sense of place, rural England.

review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4037712038

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I think if you liked Swimming Lessons then you will love Unsettled Ground. This was an AMAZING book. Jeanie was my favorite character. Her ability to adapt & overcome was so invigorating. She struggled & failed & succeeded. I really loved watching her become her own woman on her own terms despite the complications of homelessness & poverty. Overcoming a lifetime of lies, she becomes a force. I would HIGHLY recommend this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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collegecatlady
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A slow burn tale of modern running parallel to tradition. A truly heartbreaking rendition of poverty, pain, and country life. While I can‘t give this five stars as it wasn‘t compelling to keep picking up, it does get four stars from me for its importance in portraying characters like the ones I grew up around. Survival is key, and Julius and Jeanie show you how.

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KarenUK
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#pop2021 #pop21 #somethingbrokenonthecover

Lovely writing, very moving and terribly sad. My heart felt so heavy reading about the cruelty, loss and poverty experienced by the twins. As a result, it did make it tough to keep picking up. But I loved the use of folk songs throughout the narrative, and the sense of place was captured flawlessly. Tough read, and not my favorite of hers, but Claire Fuller‘s writing is always just beautiful. 4⭐️

Cinfhen I felt very similarly @KarenUK and total #CoverCrush 💚 1y
Megabooks Great review! 1y
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EvieBee
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So I get to page 42…the book is really getting good…and then the book starts over again. There are about 30-40 pages missing when it picks up again on page 75. Craziness. I‘ll have to order a copy from overseas.

charl08 Oh no! How frustrating. 1y
EvieBee @charl08 Yes! Wondering if it‘s just this copy. Might have to go into a bookstore and take a look. Enjoyed your review, though! 🤓 1y
Megabooks Terrible!! 1y
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CaramelLunacy That is so frustrating! That is why, to this day, I never finished Oliver Twist - 50 pages at the adventurous part were just missing.... 1y
JennyM Gah 😫 that‘s annoying. 1y
Soubhiville Uh-oh. I‘m sorry, hope your replacement doesn‘t take too long to arrive. 1y
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! I had that happen to me once with 1y
erzascarletbookgasm What? Irksome! Hope you get another copy soon. 1y
Cathythoughts Oh no ! That‘s mad 1y
LeahBergen Nooooo! 😱 1y
quietjenn Ugh. That's so not cool. 1y
EvieBee @charl08 @Megabooks @CaramelLunacy @JennyM @LiteraryinLititz @Soubhiville @MicheleinPhilly @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @quietjenn It‘s a library book, so I took it back today and they said they can get a free replacement from supplier. I‘m back on the hold list on what is now just 1 copy. #5. I may just go buy a copy. I‘m sure I‘ll love it! Otherwise, knowing me, it‘d take a year to circle back to it. Thanks for listening! 🤗 (edited) 1y
DivineDiana That was unfortunate. 🤨 1y
EvieBee @DivineDiana Hopefully I‘ll move quickly up the list! 1y
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AlexGeorge
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Stunning. Not an easy book to read for sure - there is poverty, injustice upon injustice, cruelty that takes your breath away. But Claire Fuller has created characters with extraordinary resilience, and hope, and strength, and therein lies this book‘s glory. And the writing is drop-dead gorgeous. The fact that it‘s set in Wiltshire, where I grew up, didn‘t hurt, either. Fabulous.

TheNerdyProfessor I just finished this one last week. It's one of the best I've read all year. 1y
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Curvybookgirl
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Absolutely fabulous. Well written and heartfelt. Truly worthy of being an award nominee

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EvieBee
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Today‘s vibe. Sipping on a cider on a patio on Main Street. Can‘t wait to start this new book. I feel like I‘ve been waiting forever for my hold to come in.
*Last night I finished OLD HERBACEOUS, and it was so good! A little sad at the end, but so much fun! Makes me want to garden.

vivastory Not going to lie, easy access to Boulevard is one of the best things about living in MO 2y
EvieBee @vivastory Scott, it is amazing!! I‘m also loving 4 Hands. I never knew the craft beer in Missouri was so amazing!! What else do you recommend? 2y
vivastory Honestly Boulevard is the only MO craft beer I have familiarity with. Their line is so extensive, & I've loved most of them. Favorite Boulevards: Space Camper, Tank 7, Bourbon Barrel Quad. You can't go wrong with any in the smokestack series. When winter rolls around they release a favorite: Nutcracker 🍻 2y
EvieBee @vivastory Nice! We‘ve barely scratched the surface it seems, and I can‘t wait to dive in. Thanks so much, Scott! 🍻 2y
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TheNerdyProfessor
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I just finished this gem of a book and I am speechless. Jeanie and Julius are twins whose mother has died and in the aftermath, they come to learn about many secrets she was hiding before her death. They soon become homeless and each deals with their losses in ways that drive them apart - until an accident brings them back together in unexpected ways. This is certainly a slow build: it's dark, sad, but also full of grace and growth. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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emmaturi
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This is one of the six shortlisted books for the Women's Price for Fiction. I really enjoyed it. Jeanie and Julius are twins live with their mother, but she dies very suddenly. They are left to fend with their shattered lives. Their mother kept them very sheltered and they need to adapt to the new situation. I felt for both siblings, and annoyed that the mother didn't let them get on with their own life. Well written and it flowed easily for me!

Brimful This is my pick to win! 1y
emmaturi I think this or Transcendent Kingdom to win @Brimful 1y
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VRM1975
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Twocougs
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Greatly enjoyed another on the Shortlist. Claire Fuller never disappoints. I have to admit, I still have so many questions though.

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Lauren.Archer
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Like the title this book, this was one of the most unsettling books I have ever read. Claire Fuller writes a story that makes us all realize we are never to far away from being pushed over the edge.

Ms.Story This sounds good — haven‘t heard of it before! Stacked. 2y
emmaturi I finished it this week. A fantastic book! 2y
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squirrelbrain
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This was my last book of the #womensprize shortlist and, whilst I liked it, I didn‘t love it. I would have chosen Small Pleasures over this one.

None of the characters was particularly likeable and there wasn‘t much of a storyline. It‘s one of those books that I‘m glad I listened to rather than reading - very much background listening and I think I‘d have liked it less had I read the physical book.

Just a soft pick for me.

BarbaraBB Kudos for finishing them all. Who do you root for? 2y
Ruthiella I‘ve only read Our Endless Numbered Days which I kinda hated, though I‘m not sure if it just wasn‘t the subject matter that put me off. So I‘m reluctant to read more from Fuller, but I will give this one a shot. 2y
PNWBookseller85 Aw! I loved this one. I thought it was totally brilliant as a bit of a character study and the subtlety of Jeanie‘s growth was so surprising and lovely in the end. Totally understand your criticisms though! 2y
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Caroline2 Hmm,I wasn‘t keen on endless days either, too icky and predictable. Think I‘ll skip this one. 👍 2y
squirrelbrain @Ruthiella @BeckyMerilatt @Caroline2 -I think that the issue with this was that I expected a lot more, with it being shortlisted for the #womensprize- I‘d have probably liked it more had I gone in with no expectations. I haven‘t read any other Fuller books though. 2y
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I‘m hoping for the Lockwood, followed closely by How the One-Armed Sister... 2y
Caroline2 I know exactly what you mean. The old hype monster can really ruin books can‘t it, when your expectations are high. That‘s happened to me many a time with prize winning books too. 😬 2y
BarbaraBB That last one I must absolutely read too! 2y
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KarenUK
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Women‘s prize shortlist looking good! Definitely going to try and read all of these.... 📚💕

squirrelbrain I‘ve only got one left to go, which is the one that you tagged. That is up next on audio.... 2y
KarenUK Ooh exciting! @squirrelbrain what‘s your favorite so far? I love Claire Fuller, so I‘m super excited about that one, but it‘s not out here yet..... 2y
BarbaraBB I wanted to write something about Hot Milk but then realized I mix up Deborah Levy with Claire Fuller. How weird! Anyhow, I did enjoy Swimming Lessons too but was underwhelmed by Bitter Orange. Wilt wait for your review 👯‍♀️ 🤍 2y
squirrelbrain I love both No One and One Armed Sister and would be happy for either to win. I think perhaps No One slightly edges it in terms of style and unusualness. 2y
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charl08
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After a week or a fortnight, a month, without anyone living in it, she knows the cottage will slip further into decay. The flagstones in the kitchen will lift higher, soot will blow down the chimneys, rats will come to gnaw and scratch, until, in time, the house will regress into its constituent parts, becoming earth, grass, stone and wood.

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charl08
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...they stop to look out at the slope falling steeply below them, criss-crossed with the tracks of sheep, and further away, the land flattening to a mosaic of fields trimmed with hedges, patches of woods and isolated houses, and between them, the dark trickle of the Ink. Berkshire to their right; Inkbourne and Wiltshire to their left....