Claire Fuller – Our Endless Numbered Days

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"On the far side of the forest, toward the gill, I built a secret place. I bent thin saplings into an arch, weaving and tying them together. I interlaced these with reeds and sticks, and laid fresh ferns over the top so that my father could walk past and not noticed my
green bower. Inside it, curved over the top of my head when I sat upright, but most of the time I lay on more ferns covered with moss that I had prised from the rocks. I stretched out on my back, with my head sticking out of the opening, watching and upside-down world of branches and leaves and blue sky. I was a weaver bird and it was my nest".

Peggy, eight years old, when her father, James takes her from her home in London to a remote hut in the woods.
"Peggy! my father shouted once more."
"My name isn't Peggy,". I called out. "It's Rapunzel".

Peggy had to make up games, and names...from the beginning of this adventure. She wanted to go home. Peggy was crying and saying how much she missed her friend Becky at school and her mom, Ute, who was in Germany at Piano Performance. Peggy's mother was a concert pianist.

Her dad said, "we'll go home when fucking fish begin to fly".

"We can't go home, Rapunzel", She's dead.

Peggy's father becomes Peggy's entire world out in those woods. She becomes devoted to him.

Peggy's mother wasn't dead. --but for another 9 years Peggy grows up in those woods...until one day she finds a pair of boots - begins to look for their owner - unravels a series of events that brought her to the woods.... and in doing so discovers the strength she needs to get back home. She connects with the mother she thought she lost.
Her mother begins to learn the truth about their escape of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods and a secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

Having been completely blown away by Claire Fuller's other book "Swimming Lessons"... I was inspired to read "our endless numbered days" ....Claire's debut.
It's gorgeously written....highly imagined with poetic descriptions.

Mystery and wonder......a haunting tragic story....with raindrops of beauty!


Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons.

When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.

After Peggy’s return to civilization, her mother learns the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

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