This is the official website of Sarah Waters, the award-winning, bestselling author of five novels to-date: Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch and her latest title, The Little Stranger.
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Virago is delighted to announce the new Sarah Waters novel which will be published in autumn 2014.
The extraordinary bestselling author, who wrote three astonishing Victorian novels before moving to the 1940s with The Night Watch and The Little Stranger, now turns to the 1920s.
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.
For 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. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach…
Says Lennie Goodings, `It is vintage Sarah Waters in every way – beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises; it is above all, a wonderful, compelling story.’
The deal was done with Judith Murray of Greene & Heaton who has also sold the book via co-agents Jennifer Weltz at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and Dean Cooke at The Cooke Agency to Megan Lynch at Riverhead in the USA and to Lara Hinchberger at McClelland and Stewart in Canada
For further information please contact Susan de Soissons on 020 7911 8069 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Novelist and Queen Mary alumna Sarah Waters has received an Honorary Fellowship from the University, presented by Professor Margaret Reynolds of the School of English and Drama.
Sarah said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be receiving an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary. I have many happy memories of my time as a postgraduate student at the university, and the academic work I did there was very much the starting-point of my career as a novelist. This award therefore feels very special to me. It's a huge treat and honour.”
Sarah Waters studied English Literature at the Universities of Kent and Lancaster and received her PhD from Queen Mary with a thesis titled Wolfskins and Togas: Lesbian and Gay Historical Fictions, 1870 to the present.
Read the full story on the Queen Mary University website.
The Freedom of the City is an important traditional event in London’s history that can trace its roots to the 13th century, and it is typically presented to individuals associated with London who have made a significant impact in their field of work.
A number of ancient privileges are associated with the Freedom – although they are more a product of collective memory than of documented evidence. They include the right to herd sheep over London bridge, to go about the City with a drawn sword, and if convicted of a capital offence, to be hung with a silken rope.