The Author Sarah Waters

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The Author Sarah Waters

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jun 3, 2015, 4:26pm

I have only read one other book by Sarah Waters, Fingersmith, which I thought was a wonderful read, almost Dickensian in its writing style. Other books that she has written include:
Tipping the Velvet
The Little Stranger
Paying Guests

You can find a lot of information about Sarah Waters at

I found this 2006 interview from the UK newspaper the Guardian - I think it gives you, I believe, a good understanding of Sarah Waters. I took out a quote that might be worth considering:

"Steeped in the melancholy fiction of the time, in particular Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day and Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, this is an altogether quieter, less playful novel than her previous work. But it is as much about plucky heroines overcoming adversity as any of her other novels, with the war providing women with opportunities to discover new identities, a liberation of which the lesbian relationships are only the most obvious. "

Has anyone read her other books? What did you think of them? How do they compare to Night Watch?

How would you describe Sarah Waters' writing style in Night Watch? Does her style change from book to book?

If you have read her other books - which characters appealed to you the most?

jun 4, 2015, 10:15am

I thought Affinity was much better than Night Watch. I found Night Watch very over-written and pretentious. (Also, I've read a bunch of fiction set in the London blitz and they all seem to have read the same primary sources, since they all describe the same things -- and since I read the Sarah Waters last it was really getting boring. I'm starting to think the primary sources might be much more interesting than the fiction.)

jun 26, 2015, 4:16am

I've read Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith and enjoyed the style and flamboyance of them - each quickly sucked me in with fascinating detail (the music halls, the thieves) and set up a fast-tripping plot that kept me guessing (although I thought the final act of Fingersmith was overwrought).

By contrast, The Night Watch feels slower and less engaging. It's a polished piece of work - and yes, I think the style is different, perhaps in an effort to reflect the times - but I'm finding little to hang my interest on in the opening section (the only person I'm curious to learn more about is Kay).