Tipping The Velvet (Paperback)
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Tipping The Velvet (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 26/06/2012
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Charged with a latent eroticism, Waters’s picaresque period novel is a brilliant portrayal of a lesbian couple adrift in a freewheeling Victorian London. Channelling the energy and sweep of Dickens and Thackeray, Tipping the Velvet is a masterful evocation of love, passion and adventure in the urban metropolis.

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

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

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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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“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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“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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