The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
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Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past - whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in sometimes surprising ways. In wartime London, the women work - as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal.
Sarah Waters describes the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman for her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman prowling the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.

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Great story-telling, great plot. - Goodreads
A great read but the ending was shockingly bad. - Goodreads
I do love her writing style. - Goodreads
I hated the plot as well as the narrative. - Goodreads
Sarah Waters is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
Good portrayal of London under the Blitz. - Goodreads

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User Review  - David Meldrum - Goodreads

This is a beautifully written and constructed novel of deceptive power and brilliance. Sarah Waters writes with unfussy economy that sometimes belies the beauty of her prose. There are few writers who ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keiran Thegreat - Goodreads

One of those rare books that will stay with the reader for years to come. Sarah Waters has created a wonderful collection of characters with complex and interlinked stories and relationships. Every ... Read full review


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Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also been named one of Granta's best young British novelists. She lives in London.  

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