About The Author
Sarah Waters was born in Wales; she currently lives in London.
Her debut novel, Tipping the Velvet, featuring an oyster girl who falls in love with a music hall male impersonator, was published in 1998, winning a Betty Trask Award. The BBC adaptation, starring Keeley Hawes and Rachael Stirling, won praise as a 'bawdy lesbian picaresque'.
1999's Affinity won the Somerset Maugham Award and saw Waters named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. She completed her trio of Victorian novels with Fingersmith, which was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, with a Bafta-nominated BBC adaptation following.
2006's The Night Watch, set amid London's wartime air raids, was again shortlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange. Waters racked up a third consecutive Booker shortlist appearance in 2009 with The Little Stranger, a rural ghost story.
Her new novel is The Paying Guests, due to be published on 28th August.
It 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.
As the Guest Author opening the Fiction Department in our new Charing Cross Road flagship store, Sarah shares her top ten works of fiction with us.