I write fiction, both long and short. My debut novel ALL THE GOOD THINGS was published by Viking, Penguin UK on 1st June 2017. It will be followed by my collection of very short fiction HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, which will be published by Influx Press in 2018.
Born in 1987 in Tooting, south London, I now live in Leeds, and my heart is firmly torn between the two cities. I have an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and am represented by Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge and White. I now live in Leeds, where I write, work as a bookseller and teach creative writing.
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Some Good Things about All THE GOOD THINGS:
“Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and genuinely joyous” (Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill)
“Compassionate and beautifully written” (Carys Bray, author of The Museum of You)
“I raced through tis beautiful novel, which oscillates between pain and hope, anger and joy. An important novel which celebrates the fact that good things exist inside every person, no matter how ignored or hidden.” (Sarah Butler, author of Ten Things I’ve Learned About Love and Before the Fire)
“A heartbreaking, vital and seamless insight into a life that might otherwise be ignored or judged. The voice of Bethany is perfect – compelling, whip-smart and deeply affecting.” (Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals)
A Sunday Times Top 50 Summer Read
“The hints of the “bad thing” that she did keep the reader hooked until the end, where we realise that certain women, no matter how hard they fight, have the odds stacked against them.” 10 best debut novels by women authors, The Independent
“A moving, passionate account of someone struggling hard for redemption.” The Times
“One of the best debuts of the year so far – the writer is destined for great things.” The Sun
“The voice of Beth is instantly captivating and has a veracity that really jumps from the page.” Big Issue
“A remarkable book – moving, profound, urgent – and Fisher is clearly a writer to watch.” Yvette Huddleston, Yorkshire Post
***** “Clare Fisher has painted an authentic view of humanity in All the Good Things. It will challenge you. It will break you. Read it.” Go Book Yourself
“Life can be brutal, devastating and challenging and Clare Fisher presents Beth’s version of it with compassion and humanity. This is hugely affecting writing. Outstanding.” Linda’s Book Bag
I’ve spoken about it at Waterstones Leeds, Blackwells Leeds, Riffraff London, at Review Bookshop Peckham alongside Michele Roberts and at Burley Fisher Books, Haggerston alongside Fran Cooper. I will be speaking at Summer in the City on 6th August.
The blog tour featured an astounding 52 bloggers.
One of NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books for June.
Translated editions are also forthcoming in Holland, Italy, Israel and Poland.
Other Things about Me:
When I am not trying to write my second novel, I am working in a bookshop, which I enjoy very much. I teach creative writing on a freelance basis and offer one-to-one manuscript assessment and mentoring through Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. I teach a rolling six week creative writing course at The Bowery, Headingley and have also taught writing in a women’s prison, at schools, art galleries and at literary festivals.
I also run the somewhat confusingly named Hyde Park Book Club Book Club . I am enerally up for interesting collaborations and adventures, so don’t be shy about getting in touch.