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    • ISBN:9780748129317
    • Publication date:03 Feb 2011
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Affinity

By Sarah Waters

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* An eerie and utterly compelling novel of mystery and seduction set in a women's prison in Victorian London.

'Affinity is the work of an intense and atmospheric imagination . . . Sarah Waters is such an interesting writer, a kind of feminist Dickens' Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Daily Telegraph

Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870s, Affinity is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale. Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London's most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist - Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.

Biographical Notes

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a PhD in English Literature and has taught at the Open University.

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  • ISBN: 9781860496929
  • Publication date: 26 Jun 2012
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Virago
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