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* Ongoing author PR activity to include media interviews, events and appearances at literary festivals * Extensive nationwide advertising campaign * Reviews and feature coverage * Key title for trade promotions * Reading copies available

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* Ongoing author PR activity to include media interviews, events and appearances at literary festivals * Extensive nationwide advertising campaign * Reviews and feature coverage * Key title for trade promotions * Reading copies available

About the Author

Thrice crowned 2003 Author of the Year - by the Booksellers Association, Waterstone's and The British Book Awards. Winner of The South Bank Show Award, Sunday Times Author of the Year, The Somerset Maugham Award and the CWA. Shortlisted for the Man Booker

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Waters begins Night Watch at the end of her tale in 1947 and works her way backwards to 1941. Since she ensures that characters don't spoil the freshness of earlier events by leaking important information, the first part includes a series of conversations that coyly allude to the characters' pasts and make the narrative slightly difficult to comprehend. The feat of entering this tale aurally is compounded by having to follow three separate narrative lines, which Waters later connects with clever Dickensian precision. Juanita McMahon performs the work persuasively. What she lacks in vocal range, she makes up by endowing characters with accents and speech patterns to reflect distinctions of social class. She gives the character Kay's voice such deep Dietrich-like sexual innuendo that one wonders why her lovers abandon her. Recorded Books politely reminds listeners which disk they have started and repeats the last sentence of the previous. Both are welcome features. Despite the initial challenge, Night Watch is a skillfully written historical account of love of all persuasions trying to survive the dark prospects of London during the blitz. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 12). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'A stunning achievement' John Harding, Daily Mail'Brilliantly done ... the period detail never overwhelms the simple, passionate human story. It's a tour-de-force of hints, clues and dropped threads' Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday 'A truthful, lovel

In this moody, atmospheric novel, Man Booker Prize nominee Waters (Fingersmith) moves past the demimonde of Victorian England to World War II and its aftermath. The lives of four Londoners-Viv, Kay, Helen, and Duncan-intersect as they cope with the war and their personal lives over the course of six years. Each character is trapped by past events having trouble adjusting to peace after so much physical and personal destruction. Viv can't move past a troubled relationship; Kay seeks a purpose in life after the heroism of driving an ambulance; Helen is consumed with jealousy for her lover (and Kay's ex), Julia; and Duncan, having spent much of the war incarcerated, remains in a prison of his own making. Waters's depiction of daily life during the shelling-the random deaths, privations, and breakdowns in social roles between class and gender-is vivid and compelling. Night Watch is structurally more complex than her previous works, but the astonishing period detail and focus on the forgotten corners of society remain. Highly recommended for all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/05.]-Devon Thomas, Chelsea, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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