Still Waters: Sarah Waters in Conversation with Bill Richardson

Recorded at The Vancouver International Writers Festival on October 24, 2009

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.

Sarah Waters is the bestselling author of four widely acclaimed novels: Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch. The winner of many literary awards, she has been shortlisted for both the Man Booker and Orange Broadband Prizes. Her new novel is The Little Stranger. She lives in London. (APRIL 2010)