Book Talk: The Little Stranger and its Much Debated Ending

This month’s Guardian book club takes Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger as its subject. Shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize and described by Hilary Mantel in her review for the Guardian as “gripping, confident, unnerving and supremely entertaining”, it is a ghost story set in the 1940s in the gently crumbling Hundreds Hall. It tells the story of the Hall’s inhabitants through the eyes of the narrator, stolid, socially clumsy Dr Faraday, who is forced alongside them to the confront the possibility that the Hall is inhabited by a malign and violent presence.

Listen to Professor John Mullan asking Waters about the genesis of her novel – and what really happens at the end of it.

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