Tipping The Velvet - Virago V S. (Paperback)
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Tipping The Velvet - Virago V S. (Paperback)

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Published: 16/05/2024
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From the oyster huts of Whitstable to the music halls of Victorian London, Tipping the Velvet is the glorious first novel from this much-loved author

'Piercing the shadows of the naked stage was a single shaft of rosy limelight, and in the centre of this was a girl: the most marvellous girl - I knew it at once! - that I had ever seen.'

A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.

'Erotic and absorbing... Written with startling power' New York Times Book Review

'An unstoppable read, a sexy and picaresque romp through the lesbian and queer demi-monde of the roaries Nineties' Independent on Sunday

'Waters is an extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit' Observer

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349018485
Number of pages: 496
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Intelligent, witty and stylish, the novel re-imagines a lost lesbian history through vivid sensual detail, evocative period slang (the title is a sexual euphemism) and a satisfyingly complex plot - Independent

Waters is an extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit. This is a lively, gutsy, highly readable debut - Observer

An unstoppable read, a sexy and picaresque romp through the lesbian and queer demi-monde of the roaring Nineties. Imagine Jeanette Winterson on a good day collaborating with Judith Butler to pen a Sapphic Moll Flanders. It's gorgeous - Independent on Sunday

This could be the most important debut of its kind since that of Jeanette Winterson - Daily Telegraph

An extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit in a skilled, multi-layered pastiche of the lesbian historical romance - Christina Patterson, Observer

Erotic and absorbing... Written with startling power - New York Times Book Review

Wonderful... a sensual experience that leaves the reader marveling at the author's craftsmanship, idiosyncrasy, and sheer effort - San Francisco Chronicle

Compelling... readers of all sexes and orientations should identify with this gutsy hero as she learns who she is and how to love - Newsday

Delectable... written in roguishly lilting prose filled with the sights, sounds and stenches of London street life - Seattle Times

Glorious... an exceptional debut - Boston Globe

Richly entertaining... Waters's debut offers terrific entertainment: swiftly paced, crammed with colorful depictions of 1890s London and vividly sketched Dickensian supporting characters, pulsating with highly charged (and explicitly presented) erotic heat - Kirkus

This lush tale fearlessly and feverishly exposes the political, social and sexual subversions of Victorian-era gender-benders: sapphists, libertines and passing women... Waters is a masterful storyteller... Nancy's search for love and identity is a raucous, passionate adventure and a rare, thrilling read - Publishers Weekly

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“Tipping the Velvet”

Others have outlined the story of this book, I just want to try to describe how it affected me. Reading a Sarah Waters novel is to live with her characters; they could be real people, so deeply does she take us into... More

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“Please sir, can I have some more?”

I was originally worried that the story would be too fast paced, or that the plot would be too predictable ... but after the first few chapters, I was head over heels with joy when twisting plots and dilemmas began to... More

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“A fun romp around London”

This was a rip-roaring romp through Victorian London, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nancy is a girl from honest beginnings who is discovering 'tommish' feelings she never thought she would have, as well as a... More

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