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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 to judge Baileys Prize/Grazia magazine First Chapter Competition

Sarah Waters has today been announced as a judge for the Baileys Prize First Chapter Competition, in association with Grazia magazine.

The competition launches in this week's edition of Grazia, on sale from Tuesday 8 April, when full details of how to enter will be released.

The winner will be invited to join Grazia editor-in-chief Jane Bruton at the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony on 4 June, where they’ll be presented with their prize of £1,000 in front of some of the world’s best novelists, agents, publishers and editors.

Two runners-up will have their story published on graziadaily.co.uk. All three winners will receive the six shortlisted books for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.

Cover revealed for The Paying Guests

 

Virago is delighted to reveal the cover for Sarah Waters' new novel, The Paying Guests, which will be published on 28 August.

Publisher Lennie Goodings said: ‘Our Creative Director Duncan Spilling has given Sarah Waters' covers a distinctive look, inspired by the typography of the eras in which she sets her books. With The Paying Guests taking place in the 1920s, we wanted a cover which reflects the film posters and iconography of the period, and which hints at the tension and surprises contained within the novel. We love it, and we're sure her many fans will too.’

Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @viragobooks. You can read more about The Paying Guests here.

Sarah Waters' Year in Reading

Sarah Waters recently selected her most memorable reads of 2013 for the book website www.themillions.com, in which she chose classic novels by Elizabeth Taylor and Rebecca West among others.

You can read her full selection here.