Sarah Waters’ debut novel, Tipping the Velvet, is to be adapted for the stage as part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s new season.
The play opens this autumn, and will run from 18th September to 24th October.
This new adaptation of the novel by acclaimed playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Royal Court/West End) has been in the planning for four years. It will be directed by Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Almeida/West End).
We are delighted to announce that The Paying Guests has been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
The Paying Guests was chosen from a longlist of twenty books by a panel of judges chaired by Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty) and including Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, and the novelist and poet Helen Dunmore.
The winner will be announced on the 3rd June.
Launched in 1996, the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.
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.'