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This is the official website of Sarah Waters, the award-winning, bestselling author of six novels to date: Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch, The Little Stranger and her latest novel, The Paying Guests, shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015.

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.

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The film adaptation of The Little Stranger is coming this autumn. Here is a first look at the final cut:






THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.


Domhnall Gleeson
Ruth Wilson
Will Poulter
Charlotte Rampling


Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Lucinda Coxon

Watch the official UK trailer here:

Sarah Waters on BBC World Book Club in London

Sarah Waters on BBC world book club

Sarah Waters on BBC World Book Club in London.

On Tuesday 17 April at 1pm, Sarah Waters will be talking about her acclaimed historical novel, Tipping the Velvet – a saucy, sensuous historical romance set amongst the music halls of Victorian England.

Do you have questions for Sarah? Send them to If you'd like to be in the audience, email the same address to be added to the guest list.

The radio show will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on 5th May 2018.

The Handmaiden wins the 2018 BAFTA award for film not in the English language

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden, inspired by Fingersmith, wins the 2018 BAFTA award for film not in the English language, directed by Park Chan-wook.

Find out more about The Handmaiden here:

The Little Stranger is coming to the big screen

The Little Stranger Film Still


This is the first film still from The Little Stranger, which is coming to UK cinemas in autumn 2018.

The film is being directed by Lenny Abrahamson, produced by Pathé and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling.

Find out more here: