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The Little Stranger

by Sarah Waters

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Horror

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Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 17 January 2010.


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.


The latest novel from prize-wining author Sarah Waters is a gothic ghost story, set in a run-down country house just after WWII. It centres upon a doctor who is called to attend a patient there and the events that slowly begin to unfold. It's full of atmosphere and is story-telling at its best.


The Little Stranger Synopsis

After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote THE NIGHT WATCH, a tender and tragic novel set against the backdrop of wartime Britain. Shortlisted for both the Orange and the Man Booker, it went straight to number one in the bestseller chart. In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.

The Good Book Guide Review

In 1947, Dr Faraday, a struggling doctor in rural Warwickshire, fears the creation of the NHS will signal the end of his practice. Called to the local stately home, where a maid is feigning illness because she believes the house is haunted, brings back memories of his mother working there in its heyday. Hundreds Hall is now in decline, as are its owners the Ayres family. The crumbling house is the scene for a creepy thriller that is more than a conventional ghost story.

The Little Stranger Press Reviews

'It's a gripping story, with beguiling characters ... As well as being a supernatural tale, it is a meditation on the nature of the British and class, and how things are rarely what they seem. Chilling' Kate Mosse, The Times, Summer Read


'Waters writes with a firm, confident hand, deftly building an atmosphere that begins in a still, hot summer and gradually darkens and tightens until we are as gripped by the escalating horror as the Ayres are. She is particularly good at depicting Hundreds, the dilapidated Georgian pile that dazzles ... Waters' persistent picking apart of class is fascinating' Tracy Chevalier, Observer


'By now readers must be confident of her mastery of storytelling ... While at one turn, the novel looks to be a ghost story, the next it is a psychological drama ... But it is also a brilliantly observed story, verging on the comedy, about Britain on the cusp of modern age ... The writing is subtle and poised' Joy lo Dico, Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9781844086061
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844086061
Publication date: 5th January 2010
Author: Sarah Waters
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Horror, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966 and lives in London. She has a Ph.D in English Literature and has lectured for the Open University. She won the Betty Trask Award for Tipping The Velvet and the Somerset Maugham Award and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year  for Affinity. Fingersmith was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize 2002  and for the Man Booker Prize 2002, and won the CWA Historical Dagger  prize before earning her three 2003 Author of the Year awards - from the Booksellers Association, Waterstone's and The British Book Awards. Sarah Waters is also ...

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