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Paying Guests

shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

«A page-turning melodrama and a fascinating portrait of London on the verge of great change»

Guardian

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Detaljer

Forlag
Virago Press Ltd
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
608
ISBN
9780349004600
Utgivelsesår
2015
Format
20 x 13 cm
Priser
Winner of IBW Book Award 2015 UK. Long-listed for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2015 UK and Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 UK and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2016 UK.

Om forfatteren

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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«A page-turning melodrama and a fascinating portrait of London on the verge of great change»

Guardian

«Waters's page-turning prose conceals great subtlety. Acutely sensitive to social nuance, she keeps us constantly alert . . . From a novelist who has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, this is a winner»

Intelligent Life (The Economist)

«The novel's remarkable depth of field - from its class-ridden background to its individuals' peccadilloes - is sharply portrayed by an author writing at her best. Waters's 20-20 vision perceives the interior world of her characters with rare acuity in a prose style so smooth it pours down the page in a book to be prized»

Scotland on Sunday

«Brilliantly involving . . . juicy, beautifully observed [and] not afraid to be explicit»

Metro

«A triumph»

Woman & Home

«You will be hooked within a page . . . At her greatest, Waters transcends genre: the delusions in Affinity (1999), the vulnerability in Fingersmith (2002), the undercurrents of social injustice and the unexplained that underlie all her work, take her, in my view, well beyond the capabilities of her more seriously regarded Booker-winning peers. But The Paying Guests is the apotheosis of her talent; at least for now. I have tried and failed to find a single negative thing to say about it. Her next will probably be even better. Until then, read it, Flaubert, Zola, and weep»

Charlotte Mendelson, Financial Times

«A masterpiece of social unease . . . It isn't so much the plot that makes you read on - the novel's armature is a comparatively uncomplicated suspense narrative but barnacled to it is an astonishing accretion of detail . . . A virtuoso feet of storytelling»

Jane Shilling, Evening Standard

«She give(s) us a poignant love story which symbolically sees in the death of the old order, the death of the old fashioned husband and maybe the birth of an era of love without secrets»

Independent

«Waters is brilliant»

The Times

«A nod towards Little Dorrit also seems perceptible in the book's quiet ending amid the bustle and clamour of London. Unillusioned but tentatively hopeful, it is a beautifully gauged conclusion to a novel of ambitious reach and triumphant accomplishment»

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

«The Paying Guests demonstrates the writerly qualities for which Waters is esteemed, proving as 'fantastically moody and resonant', in terms of the rendering of domestic space, as a novel the author herself described as such and which she once said she would like to have written: Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca»

Literary Review

«Sarah Waters is, quite simply, one of our greatest writers»

Joanna Briscoe, Sunday Express

«Another wild ride of a novel . . . [I was] helplessly pulled along by the magnetic storytelling»

Tracy Chevalier, Observer

«Sumptuous . . . The writing is impeccable. A joy in every respect»

Lionel Shriver, New Statesman

«The Paying Guests reminded me just how clever it is to create characters that captivate through their adventures in a world so well-realised that you can almost reach out and touch it»

Zoe Strachan, Sunday Herald

«Sickeningly tense - and thumpingly good»

Daily Mail

«You know you are in the hands of a skilful, confident writer when you read a Sarah Waters book. She slowly reels you in. She weaves plots and themes that creep up and entangle you while you are innocently following her characters. They go about their shadowy business and by the time you raise your head from the page to take a breath, you're hooked»

Viv Albertine, Telegraph

«Masterly... delightful... tremendously vivid... Waters is a cracking storyteller»

Tatler

«Waters is not simply one of our best historical novelists, but one of our best novelists . . . sooner or later, she's going to be given the Booker. If you haven't already, start reading her now, and be one step ahead of the crowd»

Independent on Sunday

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