Fingersmith : shortlisted for the Booker Prize

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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 | 435g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 9781860498831
  • 3,933

Review Text

The paperback publication of the Orange Prize-shortlisted, critically adored new novel from the author of )Tipping The Velvet( and )Affinity(. A tale of fraud, insanity and secrets, which has been compared to the work of Wilkie Collins. "A chilling, ingenious, erotic thriller - unputdownable" )Sunday Express(.
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Totally immersive with brilliantly drawn characters . . . a page-turning thriller while managing to be a tender love story -- Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt
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About Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales. She has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and her books have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch have been adapted for television. Sarah Waters has been named Author of the Year four times: by the British Book Awards, the Booksellers' Association, Waterstone's Booksellers and the Stonewall Awards. She lives in London. She was awarded an OBE in 2019.
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Rating details

98,580 ratings
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4 37% (36,131)
3 17% (17,130)
2 6% (5,705)
1 3% (3,284)

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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