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This is the official website of Sarah Waters, the award-winning, bestselling author of six novels to-date: Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch, The Little Stranger and her latest novel, The Paying Guests, which has recently been shortlisted for The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

The site contains plenty of information about the author and her books as well as various extras, including videos and photos. The news section is updated by Sarah's UK publisher, Virago.

Latest News and Updates

Sarah Waters' Desert Island Movies

In November 2015 I was invited to choose my ten Desert Island Movies for an interview with Jo Botting at the Cinema Museum, London. Here’s the list I came up with.

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The Night Watch coming to the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 2016.

Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch is adapted for the stage for the first time, for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, by Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor and is directed by Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom. This World Premiere opens on 19 May and runs until 18 June.

Details here

Sarah Waters awarded Stonewall Writer of the Decade


Evan Davies, Sarah Waters and Sir Ian McKellan at the 2015 Stonewall Awards.

Sarah Waters was named Writer of the Decade at the Stonewall Awards, in November, in a ceremony hosted by Ian McKellen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sarah was presented with the award by Evan Davis.

For further information on Stonewall visit their website.

Photograph © Andy Tyler

Tipping the Velvet – see the stage play now!


The adaptation of Sarah Waters’ debut novel, Tipping the Velvet, has now opened at the Lyric Hammersmith!

The play opened on the 19th September and runs to the 24th October and has been receiving rave reviews from those who have seen already  – for tickets and more information visit the Lyric website

This new adaptation of the novel by acclaimed playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Royal Court/West End) has been in the planning for four years and is being directed by Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Almeida/West End).

Sarah was recently interviewed talking about the adaptation, along with Laura Wade, by the Independent – you can read the interview here

The play will also be running in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh Lyceum on the following dates:

w/c 26 October

w/c 02 November

w/c 09 November

w/c 16 November

Final performance: Saturday 21 November 2015