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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
THE LITTLE STRANGER SARAH WATERS Hundreds Hall, and its owners the Ayres, have been physically damaged by World War II and face a hopeless future. The home has become too needy; the mother, son and daughter too poor both financially and spiritually to cope with the demanding repairs. Whether real or imagined, ghostly manifestations begin to eat away at the sanity of all who live at the Hall. Dr Faraday, a rational and rather staid country doctor, is drawn into the family's destruction. This is a gripping tale, with the decay and wilful destruction of Hundreds Hall echoing societal damage wrought by war, with brash modern life rising from the ashes. Shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. ghostly manifestations begin to eat away at the sanity of all who live at the Hall'