Unsettled Ground

Unsettled Ground

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/01/2022
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Unsettled Ground
Modern Gothic
An interesting exploration of the results of poverty from the perspective of a rural community. So often this is something that is only ever thought about ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Unsettled Ground
Poignant and beautiful
A sharp and spare story of love, loss and secrets, centred around a daughter, Jeanie, who awakes to find her mother, Dot, dead on the floor of the cottage ... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Unsettled Ground
Just brilliant. I'm not sure why people are calling it dark and disturbing, it's not that at all. It's just a bit sad, and it makes you feel as uneasy ... READ MORE
Hebe at Fareham
Unsettled Ground
Powerful and lingering
This book is so many things but above all, it has a lingering power that stays with you long after you finish it. I've never encountered a book before this... READ MORE
Violet Daniels


Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2021 Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant? What would you do to get it back? Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake. Unsettled Ground is a heart-stopping 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241457467
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 219g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm

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Unsettled Ground
Bleak and heartbreaking
This is the first book I’ve read from Claire Fuller and based on the synopsis and the beautiful cover I’ve pre-ordered it. It reminded me of Emile Zola’s... READ MORE
Bianka Vago
Unsettled Ground
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller is a slow moving story about a brother and sister who are 51 and still live with mother, until they find her dead in the ... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
Unsettled Ground
Simply Divine
'Unsettled Ground' (Fig Tree, 2021) by Claire Fuller - Winner of the Costa Novel Award - is the story of Jeanie and Julius, 51-year old twins, who lose the... READ MORE
Laura Besley
Unsettled Ground
Captivating from start to finish
Unsettled ground is an intimate exploration of poverty and grief, which held me captivated till the end. I loved the central themes of the story, particula... READ MORE
Louise Stephenson
Unsettled Ground
The rythmn of life, not always a pretty tune!
Unworldly twins have their sheltered life turned upside down on the death of their Mum. Revelations of the past, being exposed to the complexities of moder... READ MORE
Unsettled Ground
Early to bed for this one
Read this in two days ,simply because it was such a wonderful sensitive read . Totally immersed in the characters and time and place .
Kim Brown