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Tipping The Velvet - VMC Designer Collection (Paperback)

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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 26/06/2012
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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'.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860495243
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 197 x 135 x 32 mm


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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 even Nancy's family is thrilled with her gender-bending pal, all bu *
Club isn't outre 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 her sentimental--and hedonistic--education had taken twice as long *
Kerry Fried, Amazon.com * '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. Could this be a new genre? The *
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 classic' *

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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

Paperback edition
6th June 2008
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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

Paperback edition
21st May 2012
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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

Paperback edition
26th April 2011
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