The paying guests

571 pages

English language

Published Sept. 29, 2015 by Emblem, McClelland & Stewart.

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5 stars (4 reviews)

"The year is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as Mrs. Wray and her daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers. With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, the routines of the house and the lives of its inhabitants will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach."--publisher description.

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4 stars

In der ersten Hälfte passiert eigentlich überhaupt nichts. Aber ich hatte aus vorsichtigen Blicken auf spoilerfreie Goodreads-Bewertungen den Eindruck, dass doch noch was passieren würde, und so war es dann auch. Außerdem ist selbst die Ereignislosigkeit angenehm kompetent und detailliert erzählt.


  • Widows
  • Fiction
  • Hospitality
  • Boardinghouses


  • England
  • London
  • London (England)