“Now you know why you are drawn to me – why your flesh comes creeping to mine, and what it comes for. Let it creep.”
From the dark heart of a Victorian prison, disgraced spiritualist Selina Dawes weaves an enigmatic spell. Is she a fraud, or a prodigy? By the time it all begins to matter, you’ll find yourself desperately wanting to believe in magic.
Set in and around the women’’s prison at Milbank in the 1870s, Affinity is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale.
Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some ‘good work’ with the lady criminals of one of London’s most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates – the imprisoned spiritualist – Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.
“Sexy, spooky, stylish, Affinity is a wonderful book from any perspective” Guardian
“Indeed, this is such a brilliant writer that her readers would believe anything she told them” Daily Mail
“A work of intense and atmospheric imagination … Sarah Waters is a kind of feminist Dickens” Telegraph