Unsettled Ground: Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2021

Claire Fuller

Unsettled Ground: Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2021
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Unsettled Ground: Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2021

Claire Fuller

When you live on the edge of society, it only takes one step to fall between the cracks Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Their rented cottage is simultaneously their armour against the world and their sanctuary. Inside its walls they make music, in its garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. At risk of losing everything, Jeanie and her brother must fight to survive in an increasingly cruel and unyielding world as their mother’s secrets unfold, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake. This is a powerful novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. It is a portrait of life on the fringes of society that explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness.

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