Books by Sarah Waters

Her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, won a 1999 Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday / John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. She was inspired to write it while working on her PhD thesis on lesbian historical fiction that underlined the inadeq

Released: May 1, 2009

"Flawed but nevertheless often gripping thriller from one of the most interesting novelists at work today."
A sinister ancestral home in an advanced state of decay, a family terrorized by its own history, and a narrator drawn into these orbits dominate this creepy novel from Waters (The Night Watch, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WATCH by Sarah Waters
Released: March 23, 2006

"A cut below this author's superb earlier books, but very much worth reading."
Time runs backward, and memory tightens its grip on the variously involved characters of British author Waters's unusual fourth novel—a departure from her highly praised historicals Tipping the Velvet (1999), Affinity (2000) and Fingersmith (2002). Read full book review >
FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

" Nobody writing today surpasses the precocious Waters's virtuosic handling of narrative complexity and thickly textured period detail. This is a marvelous novel."
Imagine a university-educated lesbian Charles Dickens with a similarly keen eye for mendacity and melodrama, and you'll have some idea of the pleasures lurking in Waters's impudent revisionist historicals: Tipping the Velvet (1999), Affinity (2000), and now this richly woven tale of duplicity, passion, and lots of other good stuff. Read full book review >
AFFINITY by Sarah Waters
Released: June 5, 2000

"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 by a young writer whose promise seems just about unlimited."
This ambitious second novel, a richly detailed exploration of the mysterious 'affinity' that appears to unite two lonely women, boldly extends the range of the British writer (Tipping the Velvet, 1999). Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

Echoes of Tom Jones, Great Expectations, and anonymous confessional pornography resound throughout this richly entertaining first novel from England: the picaresque tale of its lesbian heroine's progress through several levels of both polite and refreshingly impolite Victorian society. Read full book review >