The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

About the book

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked out streets, illicit liaisons, sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch is the work of a truly brilliant and compelling storyteller. This is the story of four Londoners – three women and a young man with a past, drawn with absolute truth and intimacy. Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and lived life at full throttle, now dresses in mannish clothes and wanders the streets with a restless hunger, searching . . . Helen, clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret . . . Viv, glamour girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal, to her soldier lover . . . Duncan, an apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the war. Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. War leads to strange alliances . . .

Tender, tragic and beautifully poignant, set against the backdrop of feats of heroism both epic and ordinary, here is a novel of relationships that offers up subtle surprises and twists. The Night Watch is thrilling. A towering achievement.

Reviewed by Havers

At times gratuitous but extremely good descriptions of wartime, prison and other incidents. A mixed opinion about the characters – also rather muddled. An unusual book which caused much discussion. Not particularly liked

star rating ** ½

 

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1 thought on “The Night Watch by Sarah Waters”

  1. Reviewed by Novel Ideas

    “This book went back in time. It was well researched. Parts of the book were very graphic. A lesbian theme runs through several of her books”

    star rating ***

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