NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host, Scott Simon, spoke to Will Grozier, “London’s most well-read cabbie” this weekend. He recommends Booker Prize nominee, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, calling it,

…a very well-crafted story of a dysfunctional family in the post-war austere era in Great Britain that gulls you into believing that you’re reading a historical novel until about the hundredth page, when you suddenly realize that you’ve become sucked into a suspense thriller…It’s the story of a little girl who comes back to haunt a family and progressively wreaks destruction on the family, and the thing that anchors it is the very staid and sensible doctor who’s a very logical man, fights tooth and nail against all this irrationality.

Several libraries are showing heavy holds, as high as 198 on 18 copies. It will be released in large type on October 1.

The Booker Prize winner will be announced on October 6.

The Little Stranger
Sarah Waters
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover – (2009-04-30)
ISBN / EAN: 1594488800 / 9781594488801

Unabridged audio:

  • Books on Tape; Read by Simon Vance; 9781415965115; $129
  • Penguin Audio; Read by Simon Vance; 9780143144809; $39.95

Large Type; Thorndike; 9781410419590; Oct 1; $30.95

Downloadable eBook and audio available from OverDrive


  1. Holley Says:

    I was thrilled to hear this interview as The Little Stranger is my favorite book of the year so far!