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    DescriptionIt is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be. This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all, a wonderful, compelling story.


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    Title
    The Paying Guests
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Waters
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 754 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349004587
    ISBN 10: 0349004587
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV
    BIC E4L: HST
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    28 August 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and has won The South Bank Show Award and The Somerset Maugham Award. Four of her novels have been adapted for television. She has been named as author of the Year four times - by the Booksellers Association, Sunday Times, Waterstone's and The British Book Awards.
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    Absolutely brilliant -- Jacqueline Wilson Sunday Times A page-turning melodrama and a fascinating portrait of London on the verge of great change Guardian Waters's page-turning prose conceals great subtlety. Acutely sensitive to social nuance, she keeps us constantly alert ... From a novelist who has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, this is a winner Intelligent Life (The Economist) The novel's remarkable depth of field - from its class-ridden background to its individuals' peccadilloes - is sharply portrayed by an author writing at her best. Waters's 20-20 vision perceives the interior world of her characters with rare acuity in a prose style so smooth it pours down the page in a book to be prized Scotland on Sunday A sumptuously subdued story of making do and getting by after the great war -- Philip Hensher Guardian Brilliantly involving ... juicy, beautifully observed [and] not afraid to be explicit Metro A triumph Woman & Home You will be hooked within a page ... At her greatest, Waters transcends genre: the delusions in Affinity (1999), the vulnerability in Fingersmith (2002), the undercurrents of social injustice and the unexplained that underlie all her work, take her, in my view, well beyond the capabilities of her more seriously regarded Booker-winning peers. But The Paying Guests is the apotheosis of her talent; at least for now. I have tried and failed to find a single negative thing to say about it. Her next will probably be even better. Until then, read it, Flaubert, Zola, and weep -- Charlotte Mendelson Financial Times A masterpiece of social unease ... It isn't so much the plot that makes you read on - the novel's armature is a comparatively uncomplicated suspense narrative but barnacled to it is an astonishing accretion of detail ... A virtuoso feet of storytelling -- Jane Shilling Evening Standard She give(s) us a poignant love story which symbolically sees in the death of the old order, the death of the old fashioned husband and maybe the birth of an era of love without secrets Independent Waters is brilliant The Times A nod towards Little Dorrit also seems perceptible in the book's quiet ending amid the bustle and clamour of London. Unillusioned but tentatively hopeful, it is a beautifully gauged conclusion to a novel of ambitious reach and triumphant accomplishment -- Peter Kemp Sunday Times The Paying Guests demonstrates the writerly qualities for which Waters is esteemed, proving as 'fantastically moody and resonant', in terms of the rendering of domestic space, as a novel the author herself described as such and which she once said she would like to have written: Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca Literary Review Sarah Waters is, quite simply, one of our greatest writers -- Joanna Briscoe Sunday Express Another wild ride of a novel ... [I was] helplessly pulled along by the magnetic storytelling -- Tracy Chevalier Observer Waters is an author to cherish Guardian Masterly... delightful... tremendously vivid... Waters is a cracking storyteller Tatler Waters is not simply one of our best historical novelists, but one of our best novelists ... sooner or later, she's going to be given the Booker. If you haven't already, start reading her now, and be one step ahead of the crowd -- Matt Thorne Independent on Sunday