Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 26/06/2012
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Never still waters
It’s difficult to find words for the splendour of Sarah Waters’ writing. When so many boxes require ticking, to enable the reader to say this was a book th... READ MORE
David Learner
Utterly Fantastic
With an enticing victorian setting, this will have you hooked from beginning to end. Just when you think you think know what's going on, your theory is blo... READ MORE
sarah major
Just when you think you know what's going on...
I loved the twists in this book! Just when I thought I had it figured out Sarah Waters pulled the rug out from under my feet. I loved the characters, and e... READ MORE
Megan at Morpeth
A firm favourite. Sarah Waters excels at revealing the seamier side of Victorian life and makes you care deeply for her heroines. What a brilliant , labyri... READ MORE
j hainsworth at Harrogate


Shortlisted for the Orange Prize (now the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction) and the Man 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.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781860498831
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 436g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 37 mm

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This is the first book that I read by Sarah Waters and what a joy it was to read. The plot was well thought out and the charecters were belivable. It is se... READ MORE
vanessa arnold
This was my first introduction to Sarah Waters and what a great one it was! I loved the two main characters, Maud and Sue who are so completely different a... READ MORE
A Steal of a Novel
An enjoyable historical novel with some surprising twists & turns. Maud & Sue are the very different central characters telling the story – one leading an ... READ MORE
Joe Franks
Great story full of twists and turns
This was the first Sarah Waters novel I have read, and I picked a great one to start with. The detail in the story is in depth enough to make you really fe... READ MORE
This is one of my favourite books of the last 5 years. The convoluted plot snakes through the darkest and most twisted levels of Victorian society, complet... READ MORE
G Huddon
This book is simply amazing! A dark, thrilling, Dickensian tale. There is betrayal, heartbreak, theives, defiled minds and depraved literature. All topped... READ MORE
Utterly gripping
Well isn't this a tease and a half, as soon as you think you know what's going on Waters throws an epic curve that doesn't just twist you around it does it... READ MORE
The first time I started reading 'Fingersmith', I admit to not being sure on it. It was a bit slow and it lost my interest for a while. I decided to pick i... READ MORE
Between The Covers - Series 3 Book
So when this book was announced as a read for Between The Covers Series 3 I felt like I was the only one who had never read it! If I am honest it didn't re... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Fantastic read
Had been gripped by end of first chapter and the first twist was in part 1 no spoilers and I found myself reading it at every opportunity I could can't r... READ MORE
Rachel Taylor
Genius plot, twists, excellent characters and a very immersive setting - Highly recommended!
I was scrolling through Twitter one day when a tweet from @yearsofreadingselfishly came up and waxed lyrical about how wonderful The Fingersmith was. Thos... READ MORE