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ISBN 9780349006161

Little, Brown Book Group

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780349006161

ISBN-10 0349006164


Number of Pages 576 Pages
Language (English)


It is 1922 and London is tense. Exservicemen are disillusioned, the outofwork 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 farreaching 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.
About the Author Sarah Watersis the author ofTipping the Velvet, a New York TimesNotable Book,Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award,Fingersmithand theNight Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the orange prize and the Man Booker prize andthe Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson award and aNew York TimesNotable Book. She has also been named one ofGranta's best young Britishnovelists. She lives in London.