The book that inspired Park Chan-wook's astonishing film The Handmaiden.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize
London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
A tale of twists, cruelty and love. All unexpected while steeped in the underworld of London and the Berkshire countryside. The characters are stunning and vivid as they are livid.
One hell of a page turner
Praise for a Sarah Waters, an utterly compelling, beautiful narrative.
What a treasure!
The words on the page and touch your heart in a warming fashion! Sarah waters at her best!