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Claire Fuller talks to Claire Armitstead

Unsettled Ground

Hay Festival 2022 , 

Author of Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange Claire Fuller discusses her most recent novel exploring how we can build our lives on broken foundations with the Guardian’s Associate Culture Editor. Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from others. At 51, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural poverty. They make music, and in the garden they grow everything they need. When Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. The twins would do anything to preserve their sanctuary against the outside world, even as their mother’s secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about life at stake.

Claire Fuller talks to Claire Armitstead