Sarah Waters to tour high street bookshops

Sarah Waters to tour high street bookshops

Sarah Waters will be going on a two-week tour, largely of high street bookshops, to promote her new novel The Paying Guests (Virago).

Waters will begin the tour with an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 25th August.

In the following days she will do evening events at Waterstones in York and Chepstow Books in Monmouthshire.

On 28th August Waters will do an event, the details of which are yet to be revealed, in London.

On 1st September she will be at Waterstones in Nottingham, with appearances during the rest of that week at Blackwell’s in Oxford and Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, culminating in a final date on 4th September at Waterstones in Yeovil.

The Paying Guests is set in the 1920s and focuses on 26-year-old spinster Frances and her widowed mother Mrs Wray, who must take in lodgers to enable ends to meet. When Len and Lillian move in, Frances begins a tentative friendship with the latter, which soon grows into a full-blown affair.

The Bookseller’s fiction previewer Alice O’Keeffe described the novel as a “gripping tale of class, sex and the consequences of a passionate affair” from a writer "indisputably at the top of her game”.

Tickets for the bookshop tour can be booked on Waters’ website.