In Sarah Water's novel The Little Stranger, post-war austerity Britain is animated by gothic madness as a ghost enacts a larger hysteria around class in decline. In this conversation with Bill Richardson, Waters discusses how psychic hauntings reflect an older generation’s shock over the necessities of change. A grand country estate in Warwickshire becomes a monster representing inherited social roles for a family whose beliefs are as much rattled by the dawn of the National Health Service as they are by a poltergeist.
Still Waters: Sarah Waters in Conversation with Bill Richardson
Recorded at The Vancouver International Writers Festival on October 24, 2009