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The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters
It is 1922 and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. On genteel Champion Hill, in a hushed Camberwell villa still recovering from the devastating losses of the First World War, life is about to be transformed. Widowed Mrs Wray and her daughter, Frances, an unmarried woman with an interesting past, find themselves obliged to take in lodgers. The arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', brings unsettling things with it: gramophone music, colour, fun. Open doors offer Frances glimpses of the newcomers' habits, sounds travel from their rooms to hers, and the staircase and landing have never seemed to her so busy. As she and Lilian are drawn into an unexpected friendship, loyalties begin to shift, secrets are confessed. The most ordinary of lives, it seems, can explode into passion and drama. No one can foresee just how far the disturbances will reach.

Other books worth a mention this week:

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes

by Tom Kerridge

As the most down-to-earth but high-flying chef on the food scene, Tom Kerridge has become known for his big flavours and beautifully crafted yet accessible food. And with more than 100 of his favourite recipes, Best Ever Dishes brings this spectacular cooking to the home kitchen.

The Zone Of Interest

by Martin Amis

There was an old story about a king who asked his favourite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. Instead, it showed you your soul, it showed you who you really were. But the king couldn't look into the mirror without turning away nor could his courtiers. No one could. What happens when we discover who we really are? And how do we come to terms with it? Fearless and original, The Zone of Interest is a violently dark love story set against a backdrop of unadulterated evil, and a vivid journey into the depths and contradictions of the human soul.


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