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Introducing new look editions

Sarah Waters


This May, Virago are launching new look editions of Sarah Waters’ Victorian novels. Spellbinding, simmering and written with startling power, these novels have thrilled and delighted readers since their first publication. Now, they are to be enjoyed anew with cover art by Jesse Mockrin.

‘When I started work on my first novel, Tipping the Velvet, back in 1995, I had no idea that I was embarking on a journey that would absorb me for so long, would take me into so many different literary and historical settings. The journey has been, and still is, an absolute joy. I hope you admire the books’ new covers, with their glorious Jesse Mockrin artwork, as much as I do!’ 



Tipping the Velvet by Sarah WatersTIPPING THE VELVET

From the oyster huts of Whitstable to the music halls of Victorian London, Tipping the Velvet is the glorious first novel from Sarah Waters

A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King – oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End ‘tom’.

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Affinity by Sarah WatersAFFINITY

An eerily brilliant and spooky tale of spiritualism and deception.

From the dark heart of a Victorian prison, disgraced spiritualist Selina Dawes weaves an enigmatic spell. Is she a fraud, or a prodigy? By the time it all begins to matter, you’ll find yourself desperately wanting to believe in magic.

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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


An extraordinary, ingenious tale of fraud, insanity and secrets.

London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her ‘family’. But from the moment Sue draws breath, her fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

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