MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: CLAIRE FULLER

Next up in our series of Desmond Elliott Prize alumni’s favourite debuts, we have 2015 winner, Claire Fuller.

“I thought it would be impossible to come up with a favourite debut novel of all time. Today, though I can tell you what it is; ask me tomorrow and it might be one of many others. Right now it’s Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. And I still can’t believe that I didn’t read this novel, published in 1980, until last year.

In case you’re as slow at getting to it as me, it’s about sisters, Ruthie and Lucille who live in the small American town of Fingerbone and are looked after by a succession of relatives who either die or desert them, and then their eccentric aunt Sylvie comes to stay. It’s an odd tale of transience and loss, but with the most perfect prose I think I’ve ever read.”

Find her on Twitter @ClaireFuller2