The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Bound by Rachel Ward-Sale
Set just after the Second World War, the little stranger tells the story of an upper class family tormented
by the ghost of a dead daughter. As the family disintegrates, the effect of the new Labour government’s
financial policies tears their estate apart, leaving them impoverished in their crumbling mansion.
The book is bound with double boards covered in shades of brown and craquellure dyed
leather to give a feeling of post war austerity and decay. Sepia images under vellum suggest faded
photographs while the bay window design gives the impression of the family trapped by their
circumstances. The handmade paper flyleaves and doublures are printed with distorted
images of a maid serving tea and the edges are airbrushed through fabric.