Claire Fuller (born 9 February 1967) is an English author who won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for her debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days. She also won the BBC Opening Lines Short Story Competition in 2014 and the Royal Academy & Pin Drop Short Story Award in 2016.
Fuller was born and raised in Oxfordshire. In the 1980s she studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art, working mainly in wood and stone, before embarking on a marketing career. She began writing fiction at the age of 40 and holds a master’s degree in creative and critical writing from the University of Winchester. Our Endless Numbered Days has been published in the UK by Penguin Books, in the United States (Tin House) and Canada (House of Anansi Press), and in translation in France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Denmark. It will also be published in Germany in 2019.
Fuller’s second novel, Swimming Lessons, was published by Penguin in January 2017. It was also published in the United States (Tin House), Canada (House of Anansi Press) and Germany (Piper Verlag), and will be published in France, China and Poland. Of the writing process, she told a fellow writer, “Getting the words down is torture. Once they’re written, I love rewriting, editing and polishing.”
Fuller’s third novel, Bitter Orange, was published in August 2018 by Penguin Books. It has also been published in the United States (Tin House), Canada (House of Anansi Press) and Germany. It will be published in France, Spain, Greece and Russia.
She is married, with a son and a daughter, both at university.