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The book that inspired Park Chan-wook's astonishing film The Handmaiden.

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize

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 she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 37mm | 439g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1860498833
  • 9781860498831
  • 12,504

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'It is a rare pleasure to discover a writer as assured as Waters' Joan Smith, Sunday Times 'A chilling, ingenious erotic thriller - unputdownable' Sunday Express 'Sarah Waters is one of the best storytellers alive today.sooner or later she's going to be given the Booker' Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday 'An extraordinarily good novel' Douglas Kennedy, Mail on Sunday
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About Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a Ph.D in English Literature and has lectured for the Open University. She lives in London.
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Rating details

55,700 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 37% (20,471)
4 38% (21,066)
3 18% (10,213)
2 5% (2,818)
1 2% (1,132)

Our customer reviews

An amazing read that details the destiny of two women & their lives borne of the social reality in 1860's England. Waters' prose will have your every sense transported to the psychologically, physically & emotionally stifling settings within this epic. With more twists & turns than a ravaged woman's petticoats secrets are guarded so closely & with such dire outcomes. After reading this I feel incredibly grateful that I did not live in that period but truly appreciative of the vicarious experience Waters has provided here. Such is her skill all her books transport me from page 1 but for me this is her best yet. After reading this you may ponder if are we more than the environment from which we came. Unfortunately it's still a valid question for many women in 2012. At least 50% of the population should read this. The other 50% should listen attentively when we talk about more
by Lisa Preston
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