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Published: 26/06/2012
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Waterstones Says

A sensuous and rip-roaring tale of an oyster girl turned music-hall star and the famous vaudeville performer for whom she falls, Tipping the Velvet stages a twisty lesbian love story in the freewheeling circles of Victorian London.  

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'.

Nan is captivated by the music hall phenomenon that is Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they start an all-singing and dancing double act. At the same time, behind closed doors, they admit their attraction to each other and their affair begins. But as their relationship becomes passionately all-consuming, it threatens to be the ruin of all of Nan’s ambitions.

A bawdy, vaudevillian delight of a novel, Tipping the Velvet launched the career of one of Britain's most exciting and successful writers, described as `one of the best storytellers alive today' by the Independent. Tipping the Velvet was adapted by Andrew Davies and filmed by Sally Head Productions for the BBC.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860495243
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 197 x 135 x 32 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

The heroine of Sarah Waters's audacious first novel knows her destiny, and seems content with it. Her place is in her father's seaside restaurant, shucking shellfish and stirring soup, singing all the while. "Although I didn't believe the story told to me by Mother--that they had found me as a baby in an oyster-shell, and a greedy customer had almost eaten me for lunch--for 18 years I never doubted my own oysterish sympathies, never looked beyond my father's kitchen for occupation, or for love." At night Nancy Astley often ventures to the nearby music hall, not that she has illusions of being more than an audience member. But the moment she spies a new male impersonator--still something of a curiosity in England circa 1888--her years of innocence come to an end and a life of transformations begins. - Tipping the Velvet, all 472 pages of it, is as saucy, as tantalising, and as touching as the narrator's first encounter with the seductive but shame-ridden Miss Kitty Butler. And at first eve

Club isn't outré enough for her. Kitting Nancy out in full, elegant drag, she dares the front desk to turn them away. "We are here," she mocks, "for the sake of the irregular." - Only after some seven years of hard twists and sensual turns does Nancy conclude that a life of sensation is not enough. Still, Tipping the Velvet is so entertaining that readers will wish he

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - 'She is an extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit. Thisis a lively, gutsy, highly readable debut, probably destined to become a lesbian class

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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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