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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349018492

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An eerily brilliant and spooky tale of spiritualism and deception



‘Now you know why you are drawn to me – why your flesh comes creeping to mine, and what it comes for. Let it creep.’

From the dark heart of a Victorian prison, disgraced spiritualist Selina Dawes weaves an enigmatic spell. Is she a fraud, or a prodigy? By the time it all begins to matter, you’ll find yourself desperately wanting to believe in magic.

‘Refined, repressed and simmering… a delicious tale of Victorian spiritualism’ Independent on Sunday

‘Spooky, spellbinding, exquisitely written’ Val Hennessy

‘Beautifully, atmospherically written, this is a tale to thrill your very soul’ Metro

‘Sexy, spooky, stylish… a wonderful book’ Guardian

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Waters displays her incredible talent for the Gothic historical novel in this splendid book about a Victorian women's prison and the affair there between an inmate and a lady visitor
San Francisco Chronicle
Extraordinary... written in a subtly caricatured period style... So well researched is this novel that both diaries seem grotesquely authentic
The Times
Refined, repressed and simmering... a delicious tale of Victorian spiritualism
Mel Steel, Independent on Sunday
Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative... superbly suspenseful... This is gripping, astute fiction that feeds the mind and senses
Seattle Times
Spooky, spellbinding, exquisitely written... I do believe Waters is on the way to becoming a major literary star
Val Hennessy
Beautifully, atmospherically written, this is a tale to thrill your very soul
Metro
Affinity is the work of an intense and atmospheric imagination... Sarah Waters is such an interesting writer, a kind of feminist Dickens
Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Daily Telegraph
A richly detailed exploration of the mysterious affinity that appears to unite two lonely women... Waters has found a superb metaphor for the love that dares not speak its name, and developed it with remarkable ingenuity and power: another stunning performance
Kirkus
Unfolds sinuously and ominously... a powerful plot-twister... a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica. Like a Ouija board, Affinity offers different messages to different readers, scaring the shrouds off everyone in the process
USA Today
Sarah Waters is such a brilliant writer that her readers would believe anything she told them
A.N. Wilson, Daily Mail
Sexy, spooky, stylish, Affinity is a wonderful book
Guardian
An exquisitely sad, pseudo-ghost story... it is a novel that takes countless risks
Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday