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

Books by Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is the author of five novels to-date. Click one of the book covers, or the title of the book, in the list below for more information about the print edition of that title.

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Tipping the VelvetTipping the Velvet
[1998]

A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King – oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.

AffinityAffinity
[1999]

From the dark heart of a Victorian prison, disgraced spiritualist Selina Dawes weaves an enigmatic spell. Is she a fraud, or a prodigy? By the time it all begins to matter, you’ll find yourself desperately wanting to believe in magic.

FingersmithFingersmith
[2002]

London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away…

The Night WatchThe Night Watch
[2006]

This is the story of four Londoners – three women and a young man with a past, drawn with absolute truth and intimacy. Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. War leads to strange alliances…

The Little StrangerThe Little Stranger
[2009]

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Its owners – mother, son and daughter – are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own.

The Paying guestsThe Paying Guests
[2014]

It is 1922, and London is tense. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa,  life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.