This extract from the novel "Our Endless Numbered Days" by Claire Fuller is presented as part of the UK-Russia Year of language and Literature 2016's New writing from the UK: a competition for Russian translators of English.
The translation is made by Marina Izvekova (Voronezh).
Claire Fuller "Our Endless Numbered Days" (2015)
Publisher: Fig Tree / Penguin Random House
Awards: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize, 2015
Claire Fuller has written many short stories and pieces of flash fiction, several of which have been published and won competitions including the BBC's Opening Lines. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Winchester, and lives in Winchester, England with her husband and children.
Claire Fuller’s debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days was published by Penguin in 2015 and went onto win that year's Desmond Elliott prize. It has also been published the US, Canada and France, and has or will be published in a further eight countries. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons will be published in 2017.
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.