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The Paying Guests is out in paperback today!

The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters’ latest novel The Paying Guests is out today!


The Paying Guests is set in 1922, where in a hushed south London villa life is about to be transformed, as genteel widow Mrs Wray and her discontented daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, bring with them gramophone music, colour, fun – and dangerous desires. The most ordinary of lives, it seems, can explode into passion and drama . . .


Beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises, The Paying Guests is a love story that is also a crime story – and vintage Sarah Waters