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, shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015.

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

London Film Festival screening – The Handmaiden, adapted from Fingersmith

The Handmaiden, which was inspired by Sarah Waters' 2002 novel Fingersmith , will be screened at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2016.

Nominated for the 2016 Palme d'Or and directed by Park Chan-Wook, The Handmaiden will be released in UK cinemas in February 2017. Find out more here.

Watch the trailer for The Handmaiden here.

For information of the US release of The Handmaiden, visit the US Sarah Waters website here.

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Sarah Waters on Anne Lister and Shibden Hall

As part of Historic England's season of celebration of LGBQT heritage, Sarah Waters visited Anne Lister’s Shibden Hall. Visit the Historic England website at the links below for the article and videos.

Watch Sarah Waters on Anne Lister and Shibden Hall

Find out more about Pride of Place: England's LGBTQ Heritage, by Historic England.

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Event: Night Shadows: An evening of songs, readings and stories inspired by the Gothic tradition

Thursday 24 November, 6pm, Edinburgh

A programme exploring the horror, romance, and darkness of the Gothic tradition through music and the spoken word. The journey takes us from the dark Scottish neuks of Hogg and Stevenson, over the windswept English Moorland, and across to the foreboding labryinths and chambers of the old Germanic forests.

The event will feature original songs and music by Helen Clark, inspired by fiction from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith, with associated tales, readings and poems delivered by master storyteller David Campbell

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Honorary Fellowships awarded to Sarah Waters

In July 2016, Sarah Waters was awarded honorary fellowships from both Cardiff University and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Find out more below, and watch Sarah’s speech from the ceremony at Cardiff University.

Sarah Waters honoured at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Watch the speech at Cardiff University, originally broadcast on 13th July 2016.

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