2015 Desmond Elliott Prize winner continues “stealthy march on success” with second novel

We’re always keeping a close eye on the endeavours of past Desmond Elliott Prize winners and are thrilled to see that our 2015 winner, Claire Fuller, is garnering rave reviews for her new novel, Swimming Lessons.

Swimming Lessons centres around Gil Coleman and his wife Ingrid – who has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. The family is forced to confront the mystery of Ingrid’s disappearance when a possible sighting throws the circumstances of her apparent death into question.

In a review for the Sunday Times, Helen Davies said that: “Swimming Lessons more than matches the power and skill of Fuller’s debut [Prize winner, Our Endless Numbered Days] … Powerful, pleasing and pleasurable, Fuller’s second novel looks set to continue her stealthy march on success.”

The Daily Telegraph listed it as one of the best new books of 2017 and Louise Doughty wrote for the Guardian: “Like Fuller’s stunning debut, Swimming Lessons is a story suffused with the poignancy of miscommunication between people who love each other, of the things we can never really know.”

Swimming Lessons is published by Fig Tree and is available now.