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Welcome to SarahWaters.com

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.

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

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

Sarah Waters' latest tour details – London, Beverley, Cheltenham & Manchester

Wednesday, 1st October, 7.30pm

LONDON

An evening with Sarah Waters at the Michael Croft Theatre, in association with Dulwich Books

Location: Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 8SU

Tickets £10/£8. The Paying Guests will be on sale at £15.00.

Tickets: Book tickets online, via email to dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone 020 8670 1920 or pop into the bookshop.

 

 

Saturday, 4th October 7.30pm

BEVERLEY

BEVERLEY FESTIVAL – Sarah Waters in conversation with James Nash

Location: Beverley Minster, Minster Yard N, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP

Tickets for Beverley Literature Festival 2014 are now available! Click the link here to book online.

Tickets can also be bought over the counter at Beverley Library, Champney Road, Beverley HU17 8HE or by phone on 01482 392699. (Monday – Thursday 9am – 4.45pm / Friday 9am – 4pm.

 

Tuesday, 07 October 8pm

CHELTENHAM

Cheltenham Festival, in association with Waterstones

Location: TOWN HALL, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1QA

Tickets: £8 – MEMBERS 10% OFF

Public booking opens on Mon 01 Sep at 12:00pm. Buy tickets here

 

Sunday, 12 October 3pm

MANCHESTER

Manchester Festival, in conversation with Amy Lame

Location: Royal Exchange St Anns Square, Manchester, M2 7DH

Tickets: £8/£6

Book on 0843 208 0500 OR online here

The Paying Guests debuts at number three on the Sunday Times bestseller list

The Paying Guests has debuted at no. 3 in the Sunday Times bestseller list this week – and continues to receive fabulous reviews since publication on August 28. Here are just a selection:

‘As in every Waters novel you will be hooked within a page . . . The Paying Guests is the apotheosis of her talent; at least for now. I have tried and failed to find a single negative thing to say about it.’ Charlotte Mendelson, Financial Times

‘Absolutely brilliant’ Jacqueline Wilson, Sunday Times

‘A lot of work must have gone into writing this novel but it is no labour at all to devour’ Lionel Shriver, New Statesman

‘Brilliantly involving . . . juicy, beautifully observed’ Metro

‘A stay-up-all-night page-turner’ Glamour

‘Masterly . . . Waters is a cracking storyteller’ Tatler

 

Sarah Waters – London event announced

Stylist Exclusive Event – Thursday 28th August

Stylist Book Club in association with Virago are delighted to present an evening with Sarah Waters, held in the Grand Ballroom at The Rosewood Hotel (http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/london). The Rosewood Hotel is the former headquarters of Pearl Assurance, and co-incidentally is the very building where Sarah’s character Leonard works in The Paying Guests, and is next door to the site of the old Holborn Empire, where her characters Frances and Christina venture together for an afternoon at the music hall.

For tickets to this exclusive event visit www.stylist.co.uk/bookclubaugust

Ticket-holders will receive a limited edition, not-for-sale copy of The Paying Guests before the event and a signed first edition of the hardback on the night, plus the opportunity to hear Sarah in conversation with Stylist Publisher, Glenda Marchant.