The title of the 2014 Sarah Waters novel is to be The Paying Guests, publisher Virago has revealed.
As previously announced, Waters' new novel is to be set in a “tense” London in 1922, in the wake of the First World War, with disillusioned ex-servicemen, and the out-of-work and hungry demanding change.
In a genteel Camberwell villa, bereft of men, impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter Frances have to take in lodgers. When Lilian and Leonard Barber—a modern young couple of the “clerk class”—arrive, the routines of the house are shaken up in unexpected ways.
Publisher Lennie Goodings has said the novel is “vintage Sarah Waters in every way—beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises; it is above all, a wonderful, compelling story.”
The Paying Guests will be published next autumn.