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The Paying Guests
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The Paying Guests (Hardback)

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'There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap...'Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.' 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. This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all a wonderful, compelling story.



Fiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 28/08/2014 ISBN-13: 9780349004365  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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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I love all of Sarah Waters' books and this has more in common with her previous books The Little Stranger and The Night Watch rather than her earlier novels. The story kept me up reading until gone midnight. Waters is a brilliant writer - I don't want to spoil the plot for you!

- 14/10/2014
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The Paying Guests is the story of Frances, set in 1922. Falling on hard times she takes in lodgers into her own home. What follows is a brilliantly written and gorgeous tale of love and mystery, not knowing where this story will take you this is a beautiful book from the first word till the last full stop.

- 03/10/2014
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