'It is 1862, and two seventeen-year-old girls, one brought up in a London slum, the other in a rambling country house called Briar, are about to meet for the first time. Sue has been sent to Briar to work as a lady's maid to Maud, the luckier by far of these two orphans, or so it seems for the first third of this extraordinary novel. But Sue is not really a servant, having grown up in a thieves' kitchen just south of the Thames: she is in fact the central figure in a cruel plot to defraud Maud of her inheritance . . . Startlingly assured and original' Joan Smith, Sunday Times
* The Orange Prize short-listed, Booker Prize short-listed, critically adored, third novel from Sarah Waters - reissued in with a stunning new jacket
Winner of CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger 2002 and CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2002. Shortlisted for Orange Prize 2002 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2002 and Orange Prize for Fiction 2002 and Booker Prize for Fiction 2002.
Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a Ph.D in English Literature and has lectured for the Open University. She lives in London.