Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a Ph.D in English Literature and has been an associate lecturer with the Open University. She won the Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted twice for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2000. Fingersmith, her third novel, was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize, and won the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award for Historical Crime Fiction and The South Bank Show Award for Literature. In 2002, she was named Author of the Year three times: by the British Book Awards, by The Booksellers’ Association and Waterstones Booksellers. She was chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. Her fourth novel, The Night Watch, was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize and The Orange Prize in 2006. Here most recent novel, The Little Stranger, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009.
Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet have both been adapted for BBC TV and Affinity from ITV, in 2008. The Night Watch appeared on our screens in 2011, as a one-off drama, from BBC 2, adapted by award winning British writer, Paula Milne and starring Anna Maxwell Martin.