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The Night Watch

(2006)
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Awards
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
A novel of relationships set in 1940s London that brims with vivid historical detail, thrilling coincidences, and psychological complexity, by the author of the Booker Prize finalist Fingersmith.

Sarah Waters, whose works set in Victorian England have awards and acclaim and have reinvigorated the genres of both historical and lesbian fiction, returns with novel that marks a departure from nineteenth century and a spectacular leap forward in the career of this masterful storyteller.

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit liasons, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of Londoners: three women and a young man with a past-whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in ways that are surprising not always known to them. In wartime London, the women work-as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal, but the emotional interiors of her characters that Waters captures with absolute and intimacy.

Waters describes with perfect knowingness the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger a woman stalking the streets for encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming end. At the same time, Waters is absolute control of a narrative that offers up subtle surprises and exquisite twists, even as it depicts the impact grand historical event on individual lives.

Tender, tragic, and beautifully poignant, The Night Watch is a towering achievement that confirms its author as "one of the best storytellers alive today" (Independent on Sunday).

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March 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59448-905-X / 978-1-59448-905-1 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 1-84408-246-6 / 978-1-84408-246-9 (UK edition)
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Title: The Night Watch (Waterstone's)
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May 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-350-01406-0 / 978-1-350-01406-0
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 1-84408-756-5 / 978-1-84408-756-3 (UK edition)
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Title: The Night Watch
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 1-84408-241-5 / 978-1-84408-241-4 (UK edition)
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February 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 0-356-24610-8 / 978-0-356-24610-9 (UK edition)
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 1-84408-242-3 / 978-1-84408-242-1 (UK edition)
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September 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59448-230-6 / 978-1-59448-230-4 (USA edition)
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January 1960 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 1-84408-344-6 / 978-1-84408-344-2 (UK edition)
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April 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
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April 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
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March 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4193-7535-0 / 978-1-4193-7535-4 (USA edition)
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February 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watch
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February 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watch
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February 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watch
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February 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 1-4055-0140-5 / 978-1-4055-0140-8 (UK edition)
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2006 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Night Watch (UNABRIDGED ON 17 CASSETTES)
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4193-6927-X / 978-1-4193-6927-8 (USA edition)
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2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Night Watch
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ISBN: 1-4193-6929-6 / 978-1-4193-6929-2 (USA edition)
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July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Watch (Modern Plays)
Author(s): Sarah Waters
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February 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Watch
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February 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Watch
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September 2006 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Watch
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Publisher: Riverhead Books
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