The Unreliable Nature Writer

Claire Carroll

Scratch Books



ISBN: 9781739830182


Publication date: 6 June 2024

Rights: UK & Commonwealth



“Ominous yet deeply tender, surreal yet undeniable. I could not look away.” 

Saba Sams, Send Nudes


“Brilliant. A playful and witty take on our relationship with the natural world.”

Irenosen Okojie, Nudibranch


The Unreliable Nature Writer is the eagerly-awaited debut collection of exhilarating, macabre and dreamy short stories from Claire Carroll. 

Shortlisted for The White Review Prize and winner of the Short Fiction Wild Writing Prize, Carroll portrays an unsettlingly hot, vaguely familiar world of humans facing the strain of intimate and global anxieties – trying to live alongside new technologies, failing environments and unknowable natural crises. 

Delightful to read and unsettling to imagine, these are haunting stories about love, loss, strangely-exposing housing applications and cows. 

Claire Carroll

Claire Carroll lives in Somerset and writes experimental fiction about the intersection of nature, technology, and desire. Her short stories and poetry have been published by journals including Gutter Magazineperverse, Lunate Journal, The Oxonian Review, and Short Fiction Journal, as well as shortlisted for The White Review’s Short Story Prize.