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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

Tipping the Velvet to be adapted for the stage!

Sarah Waters’ debut novel, Tipping the Velvet, is to be adapted for the stage as part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s new season.

The play opens this autumn, and will run from 18th September to 24th October.

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

For tickets and more information visit the Lyric website

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

The Paying Guests shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

We are delighted to announce that The Paying Guests has been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

The Paying Guests was chosen from a longlist of twenty books by a panel of judges chaired by Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty) and including Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, and the novelist and poet Helen Dunmore.

The winner will be announced on the 3rd June.

Launched in 1996, the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.

For more information on the award, see here.

Sarah Waters talks about The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters was interviewed by Canadian LGBT online magazine, Daily Xtra, during her recent visit to Canada. You can watch a video of the interview below:

The US loves The Paying Guests!

Following on from its success in the UK, The Paying Guests has now reached no. 12 on the New York Times bestseller list!

In addition it has also been receiving some wonderful reviews over there since publication, including this from the Washington Post:

'Some novels are so good, so gripping or shattering that they leave you uncertain whether you should have ever started them. You open “The Paying Guests” and immediately surrender to the smooth assuredness of Sarah Waters’s silken prose. Nothing jars. You relax. You turn more pages. You start turning them faster. Before long, you resemble Coleridge’s Wedding-Guest: You cannot choose but read. The book has you in thrall. You will follow Waters and her story anywhere. Yet when that story ends, you find yourself emotionally sucked dry, as much stunned as exhilarated by the power of art.'

Here is a full round-up of reviews so far:

Best Books For Fall 2014 – The Huffington Post – 08/25/2014

Chicago Tribune 22/08/14

Out Magazine 3/9/14

Slate 10/9/14

WashingtonPost 10/9/14

The Boston Globe, 13/9/14

A.V. Club, 15/9/14

The Columbus Dispatch, 14/9/14

The Stranger – 17/9/14

NPR – 15/9/14