Sarah Waters OBE, was born in Wales in 1966. She has written six novels: Tipping the Velvet (1998), which won the Betty Trask Award; Affinity (1999), which won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Fingersmith (2002), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the South Bank Show Award for Literature and the CWA Historical Dagger; The Night Watch (2006), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; The Little Stranger (2009), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the South Bank Show Literature Award; and The Paying Guests (2014) which was shortlisted for The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was published in paperback in June 2015.
She was included in Granta’s prestigious list of ‘Best of Young British Novelists 2003’, and in the same year was voted Author of the Year by both publishers and booksellers at the British Book Awards and the BA Conference, and won the Waterstones Author of the Year Award. She was awarded Stonewall Writer of the Decade in 2015; Diva Magazine Author of the Year Award in 2017 and The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which is given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work. Sarah was presented with an OBE in 2019 for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Sarah Waters lives in London.