The Little Stranger
Shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize. 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. Shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize. First published 2009.
Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009.
Kate writes: I was looking forward to sharing a cold winter's night with this gothic ghost tale of Ms Waters as I'm a huge fan of her work and her magical ability to create a time and place. The Little Stranger is a psychological thriller and commentary on the social and class upheavals in post war Britain. Waters draws you into the dark world of haunted Hundreds Hall, capturing a decayed splendour which the Ayres family suffer, and in which local doctor, Dr Faraday becomes entwined in.
Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and three of her four novels have been adapted for television.