The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Val Penny's Book Reviews

I am not really very keen on ghost stories, but The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters was the reading for my book group this month.

The story is set in 1947. Britain is exhausted by victory, and neither the National Health Service nor the National Trust has yet come along to pick up the pieces.  The scars of war are fresh and great country houses are battered from military occupation, their parks having been dug over for vegetable plots. The civilian population is depressed by rationing, homelessness, post war gloom and austerity.

Dr Faraday is the narrator of the story.  He is a country GP practicing in Warwickshire, England in the area where he was born, to poor parents who sacrificed everything for his education.   He is unmarried and slouching into an impecunious, solitary middle age: he is apprehensive about the coming changes in medical practice and pessimistic about…

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