Sarah Waters - Photo by Charlie Hopkinson
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, three-time Booker Prize finalist, with her latest acclaimed bestseller,
The Paying Guests
The year is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as Mrs Wray and her daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers.
With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, the routines of the house and the lives of its inhabitants will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach.
Waters proves once again that her eye for the telling details of class and character that draw people together as well as tear them apart is second to none in this masterpiece of psychological tension and emotional depth.