The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A page-turning melodrama and a fascinating portrait of London on the verge of great change' Guardian



It is 1922, and in a hushed south London villa life is about to be transformed, as genteel widow Mrs Wray and her discontented daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers. Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', bring with them gramophone music, colour, fun - and dangerous desires. The most ordinary of lives, it seems, can explode into passion and drama... A love story that is also a crime story, this is vintage Sarah Waters.

'Another wild ride of a novel... magnetic storytelling' Tracy Chevalier, Observer

'You will be hooked within a page' Charlotte Mendelson, Financial Times

'Sumptuous... the writing is impeccable. A joy in every respect' New Statesman

'An unsurpassed fictional recorder of vanished eras and hidden lives' Sunday Times

Book information

ISBN: 9780349018539
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 608
Weight: -1g
Height: 198mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 22mm