Saturday, October 3, 2009

Book recommendation: 'The Little Stranger' by Sarah Waters

Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2009 and published by Virago, this is a ghost story which will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Set in post-war rural Warwickshire, Sarah Waters wonderfully evokes both the period and its class-ridden society. The story follows the local doctor as he pays an increasing number of visits to the big country house which like the dowager duchess's dress was once grand and is now crumbling away and in permanent decline. As he does so he struggles to explain a number of curious incidents which occur. It's beautifully written in such a way that it seems to creep up on you like the evening shadows and will have you thinking about it long after you've finished. A great read and highly recommended!

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