Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a British author known for her historical fiction novels, often featuring lesbian protagonists. Her notable works include 'Tipping the Velvet', 'Fingersmith', and 'The Night Watch'.


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  1. 1. Fingersmith

    The novel is a gripping tale set in Victorian England, revolving around two young women, a petty thief and a rich heiress, whose lives intertwine in unforeseen ways. The thief is part of a con to defraud the heiress of her fortune, but as the plot thickens, the lines between deception and truth, loyalty and betrayal, love and manipulation get blurred. The narrative is filled with unexpected twists and turns, exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and class, and keeps the readers on the edge till the end.

    The 767th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Tipping The Velvet

    This novel is a vivid portrayal of a young woman's sexual and personal awakening in the late 19th century England. The protagonist, a seaside oyster girl, is captivated by a male impersonator and follows her to London, where she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Through a series of transformative experiences in the underbelly of Victorian society, she explores the complexities of love and identity, navigating through various roles and relationships that challenge the era's norms and her own understanding of desire. The narrative is a rich tapestry of music halls, drag culture, and the hidden queer subcultures of the time, offering a poignant exploration of gender and sexuality.

    The 2166th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Affinity

    In "Affinity" by Sarah Waters, a young woman named Margaret Prior becomes a visitor at Millbank Prison in Victorian London, where she becomes intrigued by a spiritualist named Selina Dawes. As their relationship deepens, Margaret is drawn into a web of secrets and deception, leading to unexpected consequences for both women. This atmospheric and suspenseful novel explores themes of desire, obsession, and the blurred boundaries between reality and illusion.

    The 2778th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Little Stranger

    "The Little Stranger" is a gothic novel set in post-World War II Britain, where a country doctor becomes involved with an aristocratic family living in a crumbling mansion. The doctor becomes increasingly entangled with the family as he attempts to unravel the mystery of a malevolent presence that seems to be causing accidents and illness. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the haunting may be more psychological than supernatural, reflecting the decline of the British class system and the trauma of war.

    The 7464th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Night Watch

    Set in 1940s London during and after World War II, this novel unfolds in reverse chronological order, revealing the lives, loves, and losses of its characters in a deeply immersive narrative. Through the experiences of a diverse group of Londoners, including an ambulance driver, a conscientious objector, and a couple navigating the complexities of a lesbian relationship in a time of pervasive social conservatism, the story delves into themes of love, betrayal, and the secrets we keep. The backdrop of the war-torn city serves as a poignant counterpoint to the personal battles and intimate connections that define the characters' lives, offering a unique perspective on the impact of war on everyday existence and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

    The 8968th Greatest Book of All Time