Lush Victorian crime with love and lesbian romps.
There are so many wonderful books you can move onto from this. Not least Sarah Waters’ other excellent novels – Tipping the Velvet or Affinity being the most obvious choices with their very different stories but similar Victorian settings. Or jump forward in history to The Night Watch (my personal favourite) which has just been beautifully adapted by the BBC, or try her most recent – The Little Stranger – which is currently in the top 100.
Or you can see what’s inspired Sarah by reading from her top 10
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Donna Tartt, The Secret History
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time
Olivia Manning, Fortunes of War
Muriel Spark, Memento Mori
If you liked Fingersmith because of the Victorian setting, strong heroines and dark underbelly and want something written at the time try: Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White; Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend; Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights
If you liked Fingersmith because of the Victorian setting, strong heroines and dark underbelly and want something written recently try: Michel Faber, Crimson Petal and the White; AS Byatt, Possession
If you liked Fingersmith for the criminal elements try: Kate Summerscale, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime
If you’re interested in reading more contemporary female fiction try: Jeanette Winterson, Val McDermid (crime), Emma Donaghue or Stella Duffy
If you want to read other books that have been shortlisted for both the Man Booker and Orange prizes try: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall; Emma Donaghue, Room; Ali Smith, The Accidental; Zadie Smith, On Beauty
And finally, our massively tenuous, completely off the wall suggestions*:
Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears
Goldfinger, Ian Flemming
The Moving Finger, Agatha Christie
The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
*obviously linked by the fact that they all contain the word finger in the title
`We were all more or less thieves at Lant Street. But we were that kind of thief that rather eased the dodgy deed along, than did it… We could pass anything, anything at all, at speeds which would astonish you. There was only one thing, in fact, that had come and got stuck – one thing that had somehow withstood the tremendous pull of that passage – one thing that never had a price put to it. I mean of course, Me.’
Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, is born among petty thieves – fingersmiths – in London’s Borough. From the moment she draws breath, her fate is linked to another orphan, growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away…
About the Book
In Someone Like You, Roald Dahl's first collection of his world famous dark and sinister adult stories, a wife serves a dish that baffles the police; a harmless bet suddenly becomes anything but; a curious machine reveals a horrifying truth about plants; and a man lies awake waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach.
Through vendettas and desperate quests, bitter memories and sordid fantasies, Roald Dahl's stories portray the strange and unexpected, sending a shiver down the spine.
Stories include: Taste, Lamb to the Slaughter, Man from the South, The Soldier, My Lady Love, My Dove, Dip in the Pool, Galloping Foxley, Skin, Poison, The Wish, Neck, The Sound Machine, Nunc Dimittis, The Great Automatic Grammatizator, Claud's Dog.
What we think
'Roald Dahl is a master storyteller and we're incredibly excited to include his short stories as part of World Book Night. Mesmerising, unusual, dark and at times downright bizarre they are practically guaranteed to make anyone fall in love with reading.'
What to read next...
Roald Dahl's daughter, Ophelia, has chosen Sarah Waters's Fingersmith as her recommendation. A sample of it is printed in the back of World Book Night editions for Someone Like You
Where to get the WBN books
Read Someone Like You now – borrow it from your local library or buy it from your local bookshop. More details here.
Also by Roald Dahl
For older readers: Boy; The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar; Over to You; Kiss, Kiss; Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life; My Uncle Oswald; Switch Bitch
Children's novels: James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine, The BFG, The Witches, Matilda, Esio Tror, The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
Roald Dahl is best known for his hilarious, wildly inventive stories for children. But throughout his life he was also a prolific and acclaimed writer of stories for adults. These sinister, surprising tales continue to entertain, amuse and shock generations of readers even today.
Visit the Roald Dahl website www.roalddahl.com