This October, immerse yourself in the Gothic atmosphere of The Little Stranger, the Booker-nominated fifth novel from award-winning author Sarah Waters. This gripping ghost story deftly navigates the uncanny space between the psychological and the supernatural, drawing on the sense of decay, malaise and uncertainty that characterised the postwar Britain in which it is set. In 2018, Durham Book Festival will see people throughout County Durham reading The Little Stranger and celebrating the incredible career of this gifted author.
A descendant of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, The Little Stranger is bristling with plot twists and allusions that hold a mirror up to our own fears and anxieties.
Haunted by the shadow of the war, and threatened by the incipient advent of modernity, Hundreds Halls provides the backdrop to a family plunged into paranoia, hysteria and the insidious terror of haunting. Is the ghost of a dead child, Mrs Ayres’ first daughter, making its presence felt? Or is something more psychologically sinister at work? In 2018 Durham Book Festival will distribute 3,000 copies of The Little Stranger to schools, libraries, prisons and businesses, and to university staff and students across Durham.