Author Claire Fuller has won the Royal Academy & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2016 for her “exceptional” story “A Quiet Tidy Man”.
Actress Juliet Stevenson presented the award to Fuller at a special event hosted at the Reynolds Room at the Royal Academy of Arts. The presentation was followed by a reading of "A Quiet Tidy Man" by Stevenson.
Elizabeth Day, co-founder of short fiction site Pin Drop, said: "Claire Fuller's brilliant story is such a worthy winner: both darkly comic and deeply moving, with a modern-gothic undertone that reminded me of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. It's going to be a wonderful addition to the Pin Drop archive.”
Fuller's debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, was published by Fig Tree/Penguin in the UK in 2015, and has since been published in a further 12 countries. It won the 2015 Desmond Elliott prize for debut fiction and was a finalist in the 2016 American Bookseller Awards. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons, will be published in early 2017.
A live recording of the story in its entirety, as narrated by Stevenson will be available soon at pindropstudio.com.