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The Little Stranger

Paperback edition released 23/08/2018

by Sarah Waters

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Little Stranger


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.


July 2009 Good Housekeeping selection.


With her usual masterly powers for evoking atmosphere, Sarah Waters treats us to this utterly unnerving ghost story. When Dr Faraday is called to the once-glorious, now decaying, Hundreds Hall to treat a young maid sick with fear, he becomes inextricably involved with the Ayres family: Caroline, her mother and the war-wounded Roderick. Is the house out of time with the world? Is that the root cause of the sadness and strange occurrences? Or is it something else?


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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

Now a major motion picture starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 'Sarah Waters's masterly novel is . . . gripping, confident, unnerving and supremely entertaining' Hilary Mantel In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely 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, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. 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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780349011431
Publication date: 23rd August 2018
Author: Sarah Waters
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Collections: 40+ Books by Welsh Writers,
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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About Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales. She has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and her books have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch have been adapted for television. Sarah Waters has been named Author of the Year four times: by the British Book Awards, the Booksellers' Association, Waterstone's Booksellers and the Stonewall Awards. She lives in London. She was awarded an OBE in 2019.

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