Tipping The Velvet

Paperback | October 16, 2012

bySarah Waters

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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'.

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 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 travel...

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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 st...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 1.25 × 5 × 7.88 inPublished:October 16, 2012Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1860495249

ISBN - 13:9781860495243

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 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.

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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 classicâ??