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Hardback 576 Pages / Published: 26/08/2014
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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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349004365
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 880 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 47 mm

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“Full of historical richness...”

Sarah Waters is one of those authors whose presence and renown make me slightly ashamed to admit that this is the very first time I’ve picked up her work. I was won over very quickly with rich period detail, class... More

Paperback edition
28th February 2015
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“Another great period novel”

Sarah Waters’ previous novel, 'The Little Stranger', is a book which, in my eyes, reaches perfection. I was captivated by her use of a ghost story to portray the destruction of an upper-class house through... More

Hardback edition
9th July 2014
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“Suspenseful love story”

Set in the 1920’s ‘The Paying Guests’ deals with the aftermath of the First World War for Francis and her mother. The loss of two beloved brothers in the war, and the debts the father left behind after his death, has... More

Hardback edition
25th August 2014
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