How The Light Gets In
Clare Fisher

Longlisted for the 2019 Dylan Thomas prize

Longlisted for the 2019 Edge Hill prize

“Cements her position as an innovative literary talent.”
New Statesman

How The Light Gets In is the first collection from award winning short story writer and novelist, Clare Fisher. A book of very short stories that explores the spaces between light and dark and how we find our way from one to the other.

From buffering Skype chats and the truth about beards, to fried chicken shops and the things smartphones make you less likely to do when alone in a public place, Fisher paints a complex, funny and moving portrait of contemporary British life.

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Praise for Clare Fisher

Sparky and unsettling.
– The Guardian on All The Good Things

If fiction was a language, Clare Fisher would be one of its native speakers: a writer whose whole response to the world is brilliantly story-shaped.
– Francis Spufford

A moving and compassionate writer.
– The Sunday Times

I have no doubt that we are in the presence of a great talent. Top notch storytelling, and a most deserving winner.
– Courttia Newland, Spread the Word Writer’s Prize 2013 Judge

Praise for How the Light Gets In

Cements her position as an innovative literary talent.
New Statesman

The skill that Fisher imbues each section with too – a quiet nod to the theme rather than being heavy handed – is simply an innovative joy to read; I have, truly, never come across anything quite like it.

An emotionally potent and often arresting volume of stories.
Open Pen

Fisher’s tales are funny and moving, and you’ll treasure them all.

A young, modern voice that delves deep into the heart of lived experiences in a contemporary city, exposing truths admitted to only in the deepest recesses of thought and feeling.
Never Imitate

A highly original collection of thoughtful stories that shed light on the beauty of everyday life.
Amy's Ever Growing Bookshelf

Fisher gets at truths we may have felt but haven’t said aloud.
Always Doing

I really enjoyed this book... refreshingly honest.
Fabulous Book Fiend

A sense of accurate detail about everyday life in Britain.
Fiendfully Reading

Fisher’s eye for the texture of the everyday, of the ordinary, stuttering imperfection of human interaction, is what brings this collection to life.

This book should be raved about and shared.
Shoshi's Book Blog

Clare Fisher has a unique voice and is able to go straight to the emotional heart of any subject.
The Gingerbread House

Listen to Clare Fisher on the End of all Things podcast.

About the author

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Born and made in Tooting, south London, award-winning short story writer Clare Fisher's first novel, All the Good Things, was published by Viking in 2017. She now lives in Leeds, where she writes, works as a bookseller and teaches creative writing. 

Paperback ISBN: 978-1910312124

Ebook ISBN: 9781910312131

Publication date: June 2018

Formats: Paperback / eBook