Sarah Waters is the author of THE LITTLE STRANGER, FINGERSMITH, THE PAYING GUESTS, TIPPING THE VELVET, AFFINITY and THE NIGHT WATCH. Her novels have won numerous awards and have been adapted for television. She has earned degrees in English literature, and it was during her years as an academic that she had the idea to write a novel.
Awards – Wins and Nominations
Betty Trask Award, Tipping the Velvet
Somerset Maugham Award, Affinity
Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Affinity
John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Shortlist, Affinity
Man Booker Prize Shortlist, Fingersmith
Orange Prize Shortlist, Fingersmith
South Bank Show Award, Fingersmith
CWA Historical Dagger, Fingersmith
Orange Prize Shortlist, The Night Watch
Man Booker Prize, The Night Watch
Man Booker Prize Shortlist, The Little Stranger
South Bank Show Literature Award, The Little Stranger
The Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist, The Paying Guests
Most Recently Published Book (as of April 2019)
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.