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Tipping The Velvet

by Sarah Waters

October 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Tipping The Velvet is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
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''.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 472 pages, 1.25 × 5 × 7.88 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1860495249

ISBN - 13: 9781860495243

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Waters' work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/08/tipping-velvet-by-sarah-waters.html
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved this book! So many twists and turns, and unexpected characters popping up here, there and everywhere! Completely unpredictable. I do feel the ending was rushed, and I think a few loose ends wouldn't have hurt. Other than that no complaints, I couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predicatable An enjoyable read with a plot that moves quickly, yet is predictable. The characters are two dimensional, but work well with the story. My biggest problem with the book was the ending. I felt that she tried to wrap up the many lose ends all at once and as quickly as possible. The ending wasn't really well planned and it left me feeling that she had to quickly end the story or go over her prescribed page limit. I enjoyed wandering the streets of Victorian England. She made the era come alive. A good weekend book if you don't want to read anything too deep. I couldn't put the book down, but the ending does spoil it.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well written Nancy Astley comes from a family of oyster farmers. For the first 19 years of her life she doesn't know much outside of the kitchen and life of an oyster farmer in the late 1800s. Her only source of fun is to visit the theatre every so often and catch live performances, until she sees Kitty Butler onstage dressed as a man. Nancy is immediately captured by Kitty's performance and spends the money on the train ride to see Kitty on stage many times until Kitty eventually invites Nancy into her dressing room. Nancy realizes that she is falling in love with Kitty, and sets out with Kitty to London, far away from her parents, as Kitty's dresser. What follows are the ups and downs of Nancy's life and how she finds herself and learns to love. But, like so many, Nancy doesn't fall in love with the people that are right for her. She spends just as much time picking herself up as she does being happy. It's interesting to see her change her lifestyles so quickly to suit her lovers. I'm really daft when it comes to symbolism in books, but Nancy really is like the oysters she shucked every day. Her exterior is rather rough, but with the right environment you can get at what you really want - a very interesting character. The writing of this novel immediately captures you and keeps the pages turning. The descriptions are fantastic and almost lyrical. The characters are well drawn and quite realistic because they have so many flaws.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is the first book of this style that I've read, and I must say, it has become one of my top three favourite books. I connected with the characters in so many ways, and adored the relationships and emotions that Nancy experienced. It was very true-to-life and a beautiful love story for any one to read.
Date published: 2007-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tipping the Velvet This is a first novel from this English author and the it is set in the 1890's, following the progress of an innocent through a career in the Victorian music halls. The reason I chose to read this one is that this innocent finds herself drawn to female partners, and the novel is actually a bawdy romp giving fascinating insights into the lesbian life of Victorian times .... a time when lesbians were often tagged as toms - plus some interesting gender bending at some points. I must admit though - it's about three quarters of the way through the tale before one actually finds out exactly where the title came from! *s* It was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it - right down to the Victorian erotic postcard look of the sepia cover of the book. It's sort of a lesbian version of Moll Flanders . ( Tipping the Velvet has also been made into a film for television by the BBC, and I am waiting to see that now that I have read the book.)
Date published: 2004-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tipping the Velvet Simply put, the best book I have ever read. I could relate this story to my own life in some respects. No book has ever made me cry so much before. Although I wanted Kitty and Nancy to be together forever, the ending was fabulously complete and perfect. Many thanks to the author Sarah Waters for this incredible story.
Date published: 2002-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally! At long last a book to put on my shelf to accompany some of the few titles I first came across (*) as a young struggling lesbian. Finally something to replace my old beat up copy of RubyFruit Jungle. And what a replacement it is. Definitely not just a read for lesbians, young or old. This book is for any open minded individual who wishes to open a beautiful exploration into the hearts and minds of youthful illusion when it comes to love, and insight into lust, as well as the fulfilling attainment of what is truest in the quest for love. If you are not a reader, they have a miniseries showcasing this story on Pridevision in the month of October. Not having seen that, I still recommend a book any day, before the movie!
Date published: 2002-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Story, Great Book Tipping the velvet is an excellent example of lesbian fiction! A historical perspective and the author's wonderful writing style give the *splash* to this wonderful, captivating story. Fascinating reading... never wanted to put it down. I kept seeing myself and others I know in the vivid characters! A definite must read!
Date published: 2000-10-10

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Tipping The Velvet

by Sarah Waters

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 472 pages, 1.25 × 5 × 7.88 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1860495249

ISBN - 13: 9781860495243

From the Publisher

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''.

About the Author

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and three of her four novels have been adapted for television.

From Our Editors

 

Chronicling the adventures of a young girl, Nancy King, as she explores life and her own sexuality, Sarah Waters offering a moving coming-of-age portrait in Tipping the Velvet. Born in the provincial seaside town of Whistable, Nancy’s life is forever changed when she meets a cross-dressing stage performer named Kitty Butler and travels with her to London as her stagehand and lover. Eventually joining Kitty’s act as a second male impersonator, Nancy’s sexual life and experiences begin to soar, until Kitty dumps her to marry a man, leaving Nancy on the streets, performing sexual acts in exchange for money, to men who mistake her for a male prostitute. Taken in by a rich socialite, Nancy’s new role as girl-toy in a life of opulent luxury furthers her own self-exploration. Filled with a vivid cast of characters and an array of colourful experiences, it is only when Nancy meets a plain, hard-working woman social worker that she begins to establish a true sense of love and a normal life.

Editorial Reviews

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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