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by Sarah Waters
First Lines

image of a woman sat reading by an open window - caption reads 'will these first few lines capture our imagination' - used as the image for Book Beginnings / First Lines, posts

This is for all you ‘First Page Browsers‘ out there

Cover Image of the book 'Affinity' by author Sarah Waters



3 AUGUST 1873

“I was never so frightened as I am now. They have left me sitting in the dark, with only the light from the window to write by. They have put me in my own room, they have locked the door on me. They wanted Ruth to do it, but she would not. She said ‘What, do you want me to lock up my own mistress, who has done nothing?’ In the end the doctor took the key from her and locked the door himself, then made her leave me. Now the house is full of voices, all saying my name. If I close my eyes and listen it might be any ordinary night. I might be waiting for Mrs Brink to come and take me down to a dark circle, and Madeleine or any girl might be there, blushing, thinking of Peter, of Peter’s great dark whiskers and shining hands”

Cover Image of the book 'Affinity' by author Sarah Waters

So, you have taken a sneak peek, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise

Cover Image of the book 'Affinity' by author Sarah Waters


Cover Image of the book 'Affinity' by author Sarah WatersAn upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work.

Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by one apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes.

Selina was imprisoned after a séance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed.

Although initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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