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Sarah Waters

Wales (1966 - )

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a PhD in English Literature and has taught at the Open University.

Sarah Waters recommends

South Riding (1936)
Winifred Holtby
"A twentieth-century classic."

The Group (1962)
Mary McCarthy
"A brilliant novel: honest, engaging and sharp as a tack."

Tony and Susan (1993)
Austin Wright
"So gripping and unsettling... I want to read it all over again."

The Story of My Face (2002)
Kathy Page
"I can't remember the last time I was so compelled, impressed and unsettled by the emotional world of a novel."

The Book of Salt (2003)
Monique Truong
"The Book of Salt reminded me how thrilling really fine writing can be, and how rarely one sees it."
Red Audrey and the Roping
Red Audrey and the Roping (2008)
Jill Malone
"A wonderfully impressive writing debut."
Pretty Monsters
Pretty Monsters (2008)
Kelly Link
"Very scary indeed."
Footnotes to Sex
Footnotes to Sex (2009)
Mia Farlane
"A wonderfully impressive first novel: subtle, smart and very funny. I loved this book."

Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer (2010)
Wesley Stace
"A tremendously imaginative novel... beneath its sparkling surface there are some very murky depths. A wonderfully disquieting read."

Mr Fox (2011)
Helen Oyeyemi
"Mr Fox is a wonderfully original novel, full of images and turns of phrase so arresting, so vivid and inventive, its pages almost glow with them. Helen Oyeyemi has given us a work of playful charm and serious narrative pleasure."

This Burns My Heart (2011)
Samuel Park
"This Burns My Heart is a delicate yet powerful story of love, loss, and endurance. The emotional world of the heroine, Soo-Ja, is beautifully realized; I found myself caught up in her dramas from start to finish, and was reluctant to part with her at the novel's close. A lovely, romantic, haunting book."

Man's World (2016)
Rupert Smith
"A funny, poignant and life-affirming novel."

The Other Hoffmann Sister (2017)
Ben Fergusson
"Beguiling, unsettling and wonderfully atmospheric."

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