Affinity - Virago V S. (Paperback)
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Affinity - Virago V S. (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 26/06/2012
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Waterstones Says

Waters’s second novel takes the richly evoked Victoriana of her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and interlaces an ineffable layer of the supernatural and uncanny. Set in the imposing Millbank Prison, Affinity explores the burgeoning attraction between a ‘lady visitor’ and a sinister, manipulative psychic in beautifully crafted prose and gloriously gothic imagery.   

Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870s, Affinity is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale.

Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London's most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist - Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860496929
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 130 x 199 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Refined, repressed and simmering... a delicious tale of Victorian spiritualism - Mel Steel, Independent on Sunday

Spooky, spellbinding, exquisitely written... I do believe Waters is on the way to becoming a major literary star - Val Hennessy

Beautifully, atmospherically written, this is a tale to thrill your very soul - Metro

An exquisitely sad, pseudo-ghost story... it is a novel that takes countless risks - Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday

Affinity is the work of an intense and atmospheric imagination... Sarah Waters is such an interesting writer, a kind of feminist Dickens - Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Daily Telegraph

Sarah Waters is such a brilliant writer that her readers would believe anything she told them - A.N. Wilson, Daily Mail

Extraordinary... written in a subtly caricatured period style... So well researched is this novel that both diaries seem grotesquely authentic - The Times

Sexy, spooky, stylish, Affinity is a wonderful book - Guardian

Waters displays her incredible talent for the Gothic historical novel in this splendid book about a Victorian women's prison and the affair there between an inmate and a lady visitor - San Francisco Chronicle

Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative... superbly suspenseful... This is gripping, astute fiction that feeds the mind and senses - Seattle Times

Unfolds sinuously and ominously... a powerful plot-twister... a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica. Like a Ouija board, Affinity offers different messages to different readers, scaring the shrouds off everyone in the process - USA Today

A richly detailed exploration of the mysterious affinity that appears to unite two lonely women... Waters has found a superb metaphor for the love that dares not speak its name, and developed it with remarkable ingenuity and power: another stunning performance - Kirkus

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“Affinity”

I found this book compelling but the intrigue a little predictable. The main character was quite a weak character and I found her irritating, I often found myself wishing she would just pull herself together and end... More

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“Affinity”

An interesting plot and an exciting story. I enjoyed reading this book overall.

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“Haunting and very well told.”

If, like me, you have become a Sarah waters fan, you will enjoy this book!

This book tells the tale of woman who are desperate to escape. Whether from the confines of a the bleakest prison against which the story is... More

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