The Paying Guests The Little Stranger The Night Watch Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Affinity by Sarah Waters Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters

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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.

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Latest News and Updates

The Night Watch cast announced

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 Rebecca Gatward. The Night Watch plays in the Theatre from 19 May – 18 June.

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The Little Stranger named on the BBC's list of 100 Great British Novels

The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters has been named as one of the 100 greatest British novels, as part of a new poll conducted for the BBC. The list was compiled by BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari, who polled 82 book critics and literary scholars from outside the UK to choose the greatest British novels as seen by the rest of the world. The Little Stranger is ranked at number 45.

The diverse list ranges from classic to contemporary literature, and is also notable for the high number of female writers featured, making up 40 per cent of the top 100.

The full list of novels can be viewed here.

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Sarah Waters' Desert Island Movies

In November 2015 Sarah Waters was invited to choose her ten Desert Island Movies for an interview with Jo Botting at the Cinema Museum, London. Here, Sarah talks through the list she came up with.

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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

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