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The Paying Guests

(2014)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2014

There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap....

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all a wonderful, compelling story.

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Hardback Editions

January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Paying Guests (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4104-7604-9 / 978-1-4104-7604-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59463-311-8 / 978-1-59463-311-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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September 2014 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-7710-8941-4 / 978-0-7710-8941-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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August 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-349-00436-6 / 978-0-349-00436-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Paying Guests: Deluxe Edition
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-349-00547-8 / 978-0-349-00547-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-7710-8944-9 / 978-0-7710-8944-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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September 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59463-392-4 / 978-1-59463-392-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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June 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-349-00460-9 / 978-0-349-00460-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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June 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-59463-494-7 / 978-1-59463-494-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin USA
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-349-00458-7 / 978-0-349-00458-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-349-00616-4 / 978-0-349-00616-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Audio Editions

October 2014 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4450-4367-X / 978-1-4450-4367-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2014 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4450-4368-8 / 978-1-4450-4368-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2014 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-4450-4369-6 / 978-1-4450-4369-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 1-61176-325-8 / 978-1-61176-325-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Paying Guests
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Publisher: Penguin Audio
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Paying Guests
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Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Paying Guests
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January 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
ISBN: 0-553-54484-5 / 978-0-553-54484-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Paying Guests
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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September 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Paying Guests
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Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Paying Guests
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Publisher: Virago
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