The Paying Guests

Publisher: Emblem Editions
"A triumph: spellbinding, profound and almost problematically addictive.... Morally complex, atmospheric, romantic and psychologically deep, The Paying Guests is an astonishing achievement and a notable Booker omission." --Daily Express (UK)

     The year is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as Mrs. Wray and her daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers.
     With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, the routines of the house and the lives of its inhabitants will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach.
     In this psychological and dramatic tour-de-force, beloved international bestseller Sarah Waters proves once again that her eye for the telling details of class and character that draw people together as well as tear them apart is second to none.


"Marvellous--warm and hot and tender and terrible." --National Post
"Waters is so confident--and, line by line, her writing so beautiful, precise and polished - that she sweeps all before her. . . . [I was] helplessly pulled along by the magnetic storytelling. Twice in the last few pages I shouted aloud - though whether in joy or horror I will not tell you. Sarah Waters skilfully keeps you guessing to the end." --The Guardian
"One of the year's most suspenseful novels...a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending." --Entertainment Weekly
"Both a beautifully delineated love story and a darkly suspenseful psychological novel. . . . The reader is in for a seriously heart-pounding roller-coaster ride." --Washington Post