|The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters|
- published in 2014
- 564 pages (hardcover)
- set in 1920's England just after the war
- shortlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction
- on the longlist for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize
- 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist
- also nominated for other awards unlisted here
- we had mixed feelings about this book
- This is a lengthy novel and took us a while to get into.
- It was argued that the lengthiness was necessary as times were slower then and the descriptions were necessary and important, adding to the flavour of the times.
- For some, the book became a gripping read once you got past the first half of the book.
- It was interesting from a historical point of view.
- The role of women was discussed also women and position in early 20th century London.
- We also talked about the characters, class and social standing of the period.