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The Little Stranger

By Sarah Waters

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* The brilliant and chilling new novel from Sarah Waters - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009
* 'Sarah Waters has worked a spell' GUARDIAN

Now a major motion picture starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

'Sarah Waters's masterly novel is . . . gripping, confident, unnerving and supremely entertaining' Hilary Mantel

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

Biographical Notes

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and three of her four novels have been adapted for television.

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  • ISBN: 9781844086061
  • Publication date: 05 Jan 2010
  • Page count: 512
  • Imprint: Virago
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