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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.
 
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Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (1999) : Tipping the Velvet
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : Fingersmith
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2002) : Fingersmith
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2006) : The Night Watch
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Night Watch
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2009) : The Little Stranger
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : The Little Stranger
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : The Paying Guests


Sarah Waters recommends
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South Riding (1936)
Winifred Holtby
"A twentieth-century classic."
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The Group (1962)
Mary McCarthy
"A brilliant novel: honest, engaging and sharp as a tack."
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Tony and Susan (1993)
Austin Wright
"So gripping and unsettling... I want to read it all over again."
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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."
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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."
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Red Audrey and the Roping (2008)
Jill Malone
"A wonderfully impressive writing debut."
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Pretty Monsters (2008)
Kelly Link
"Very scary indeed."
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Footnotes to Sex (2009)
Mia Farlane
"A wonderfully impressive first novel: subtle, smart and very funny. I loved this book."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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Man's World (2016)
Rupert Smith
"A funny, poignant and life-affirming novel."
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The Other Hoffmann Sister (2017)
Ben Fergusson
"Beguiling, unsettling and wonderfully atmospheric."


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