Sarah Waters: The Night Watch

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  • Claire O'Callaghan (The University of Leicester)

For her fourth novel, The Night Watch, Sarah Waters abandons the rustling petticoats and corsets of the Victorian era depicted in her first three neo-Victorian fictions: Tipping the Velvet (1997), Affinity (1998) and Fingersmith (2002), and jumps to the sadder, austere setting of war-torn London in the 1940s. Published in 2006 by Virago Press, the novel has received the critical acclaim of reviewers and readers alike. Justine Jordan, writing in The Guardian, describes The Night Watch as “a fine nuanced, wise and generous novel” (“Through the bomb sites”, online). Likewise, fellow writer Michèle Roberts praises The Night Watch as “sharply and …

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O'Callaghan, Claire. "The Night Watch". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2010
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