Claire Fuller is the author of three novels: Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons, and Bitter Orange, which came out in the UK in September and is out in the US next week. She talked about her love of Shirley Jackson, the intriguing dedication in Bitter Orange, how Leonard Cohen’s music coloured her writing of her latest novel, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

No Voice from the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper, by John Harris

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

Melmoth, by Sarah Perry

A Better Me: The Official Autobiography, by Gary Barlow

The Story of NOW That’s What I Call Music in 100 Artists

Best of Today: 60 Years of Conversations, Contradictions and Controversies, by the BBC

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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