Sarah Waters at Shifting Points of View definitely qualifies. The Paying Guests is one of my favourite books of the year - history, love, crime, and dilapidated houses - totally my jam! Here are some highlights.It takes a lot to get me to go out after I've come home from work, but the chance to listen to
The Paying Guests
"A bit of a bugger to write!" Epiphany came when agent described the novel as a crime story complicated by love, and Waters realised what she actually wanted was a love story complicated by a crime. She was initially inspired by reading about the trial of Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters and wondered what would happen if the affair was with a woman. It's not all flappers and gaiety in the 1920s!
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Currently in the research stages, probably set in the 1950s. Probably won't be out for a while so if you want to read some other books in the same period I thoroughly recommend Eva Rice, particularly The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which as a bonus deals with a similar 'genteel house falling into disrepair' theme as Waters' The Little Stranger and The Paying Guests. Decaying splendour, anyone?
Jeanette Winterson, Emma Donoghue and Mary Renault. I already love the last two (and we've been getting some lovely new editions of Renault recently in the library) so Winterson will probably be my next read while I wait for Waters to finish writing.
Sarah Waters clarified that she won't be writing about known historical personages anytime soon - "The thought makes me feel squeamish!" - so if you'd like to read about a fascinating real 19th century Yorkshire landowner who happened to have multiple lesbian affairs, place a reserve on The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister.
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