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The Night Watch

(2006)
A novel by

 
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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Hardback Editions

March 2006 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59448-905-X / 978-1-59448-905-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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February 2006 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-84408-246-6 / 978-1-84408-246-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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February 2006 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch (Waterstone's)
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-7088-0958-8 / 978-0-7088-0958-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Retailer-exclusive titles
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch (Modern Plays)
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-350-01406-0 / 978-1-350-01406-0
Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-84408-756-5 / 978-1-84408-756-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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January 1960 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-84408-501-5 / 978-1-84408-501-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-84408-241-5 / 978-1-84408-241-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago, London
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February 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-356-24610-8 / 978-0-356-24610-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-84408-242-3 / 978-1-84408-242-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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September 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59448-230-6 / 978-1-59448-230-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1960 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-84408-344-6 / 978-1-84408-344-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Audio Editions

April 2006 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Recorded Books
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March 2006 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4193-7535-0 / 978-1-4193-7535-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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February 2006 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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February 2006 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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February 2006 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4055-0140-5 / 978-1-4055-0140-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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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)
Publisher: Howes Ltd.
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2006 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4193-6929-6 / 978-1-4193-6929-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch (Modern Plays)
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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February 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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February 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Virago
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September 2006 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Night Watch
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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