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The Paying Guests wins the Independent Bookshop Week Award!
19th June 2015

The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland (The BA) today announced the winners for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2015 (IBW Book Award), which is supported by independent bookshops across the country, and we are delighted to announce that Sarah Waters won in the adult category for The Paying Guests!

There were ten adult titles on the shortlist, which was selected by independent booksellers from nominations put forward by publishers. The other winners were Sally Nicholls in the Children's Fiction category for An Island of Our Own, and Salvatore Rubbino in the Children's Picture Book Category for A Walk in Paris.

Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services, Booksellers Association, said: “The judges lunches were very lively affairs as they talked through the incredibly strong shortlists with passion, intelligence and a lot of enthusiasm. The winners of each category soon emerged as strong favourites and the judges were unanimous in their choices. On behalf of the Booksellers Association, I’d like to congratulate Sarah, Sally and Salvatore on winning this year’s awards.”

The Adult Category was judged by Patrick Neale (Chair); Emma Corfield (Book-ish, Crickhowell); Paul Wallace (David’s, Letchworth); Patrick Gale (author and 2008 IBW Book Award winner) and Cathy Rentzenbrink (Books Editor, The Bookseller).

Sarah Waters said: “It was a great honour to be on the shortlist for the Adult Category of the IBW book award, alongside so many fantastic authors and books. To have won is a huge thrill. I am absolutely delighted.”

Tipping the Velvet to be adapted for the stage!
17th April 2015

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).

For tickets and more information visit the Lyric website

The play will also be running in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh Lyceum on the following dates:

w/c 26 October

w/c 02 November

w/c 09 November

w/c 16 November

Final performance: Saturday 21 November 2015

The Paying Guests shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
14th April 2015

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.

For more information on the award, see here.

Sarah Waters talks about The Paying Guests
23rd March 2015

Sarah Waters was interviewed by Canadian LGBT online magazine, Daily Xtra, during her recent visit to Canada. You can watch a video of the interview below: