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Sarah Waters
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26 May 2014 Virago V

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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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (26 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860495249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860495243
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966 and lives in London. Author of Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch, her most recent book is The Little Stranger. All of her books have attracted prizes: she won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and was twice shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Fingersmith and The Night Watch were both shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes, and Fingersmith won the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award for Historical Crime Fiction and the South Bank Show Award for Literature. Tipping the Velvet, Affinity and Fingersmith have all been adapted for television.

The Little Stranger was a bestselling hardback and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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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 but her sister, best friend, and bedmate, Alice, "her eyes shining cold and dull, with starlight and suspicion". Not to worry. Soon Nancy and Kitty are off to London, their relationship close though (alas for our heroine) sisterly. We know that bliss will come, and it does, in an exceptionally charged moment. A lesser author would have been content to stop her story there, but Waters has much more in mind for her buttonholing heroine, and for us. In brief, her Everywoman with a sexual difference goes from success onstage to heartbreak to a stint as a male prostitute (necessity truly is the mother of invention) to keeping house for a brother and sister in the Labour movement. And did I mention her long stint as a plaything in the pleasure palace of a rich Sapphist extraordinaire? Diana Lethaby is as cruel as she is carnal, and even the well- concealed Cavendish Ladies' 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 her sentimental--and hedonistic--education had taken twice as long. --Kerry Fried, Amazon.com

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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 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 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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I was skeptical when I picked up "Tipping The Velvet" at a local bookstore. I do not like labels, and Sarah Waters's first novel had been touted by the press, and readers alike, as a "lesbian novel," whatever that means. However, the book's synopsis on the back cover, drew me in and I took a chance and bought it. I am so glad that I did. What a delight! This is a historical novel, set in a Victorian England that few have glimpsed. And "Tipping The Velvet" allows us to view it all, center stage. It is a story peopled with characters that are fleshed out so believably, it is almost like reading with 3-D glasses. The characters, especially Nancy Astley, come right off the page and have the capacity to touch your heart and make you care...deeply.
Nancy is born and raised in an English seaside resort where her parents own an oyster restaurant, and Nancy can shuck with the best of them. She seems perfectly content with her lot in life, loves her family and imagines that someday she will marry one of the neighborhood boys and have a family of her own. During the summer months, when business is booming, Nancy frequents a nearby town's music hall for entertainment. Thus Passion enters her life with a capital "P."
Nancy sees a male impersonator perform for the first time on an evening excursion to the hall. Not just any male impersonator...but the ever so seductive Miss Kitty Butler. Nance is entranced and obsessed with Kitty. She schemes to meet the object of her devotion and becomes first, Kitty's friend, then her employee/girl Friday. Her once normal life is turned topsy-turvy, filled with passionate fantasies. Her family is delighted with Kitty "the celebrity" friend, and accepts her completely.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars im not an avid reader.....but this i loved!! 15 Nov 2001
Format:Paperback
To say that this book is a "page turner" is the understatement of the year. Never have i enjoyed a novel so much,or been interested in the trails and tribulations of a character as i was in following Nans journey through her self discovery.
The sights and sounds of Victorian England literally jump off the page;the poverty and predudice,the awakening of sexuality so beautifully described and the heartbreak of loss and the aftermath so wonderfully handled.
If you intend to buy one book this year,as I did,Sarah Waters' first novel must be the one!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read & a bawdy lesbian picaresque 20 Dec 1998
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Format:Paperback
This book is truly a captivating read! From the moment you meet 18-year old Nan, dreaming of the vaudeville at an English seaside resort in the 1880s, to the close of the book in London five years later, you love the story and don't want to put it down. A guilt-free coming-out story of a nineteenth century "tom" it's a romp and a delight to read. Full of eroticism and true love, as well as adventures on the stage and in high society plus some social politics. I was attracted to the novel by a review in The Online Mirror, which stated: "Imagine Jeanette Winterson, on a good day,collaborating with Judith Butler to pen a sapphic Moll Flanders. Could this be a new genre? The bawdy picaresque novel? Whatever it is, take it with you. It's gorgeous ." I agree! Now I'm looking forward to Sarah Waters' next novel!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a story of life 3 Mar 2003
Format:Paperback
This has to be one of my favourites books. I have read it numerous times and can never put it down! It tells the story of a girl of 18 and how she grows. It tells of her first love, and her true love. It shows how love can be many different things, Hidden, lust of soft and tender. The characters are all accesable and you can relate to them well. By the end of the book you will have laughed, cried and been very shocked. This is a great book and i would recomend it to anyone, lesbian or not!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story about finding oneself 22 Feb 2003
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Sarah Waters manages to tell us a beautiful story which spins around love and lust framed in XIX century England, with its changing attitudes towards women. It is really a portrait of the search of oneself in a difficult world which does not like what is "different".
Nancy moves to London as Kitty's dresser, with whom she has fallen in love, not really understanding what love between women is. She would have never guessed what that journey had in stalls for her: the search for herself, for a life of her own, for friendship and for love. She walks the streets "renting", she is "kept" for a few years by a rich woman, she loses everything more than once, and she eventually gains what she had all along been waiting for.
Beautifully written, the book keeps you hooked on to it, hoping all along that Nan will manage not only to survive but to finally find her place in a turn of the century world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably Fantastic 8 Nov 2002
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Now when people ask me the question: what is your favourite novel of all time I have an answer. No modern writer captures the readers attention and imagination like Sarah Waters does in this novel. You feel part of Nan's world and even when you finish the book you will see the world through her eyes as well as your own - as this book stays with you. It is unquestionably fantastic - it is about growth and the courage to be yourself. Be true to yourself and buy this book.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 19 April 2002
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Format:Paperback
I bought Tipping the Velvet after reading the other reviews on Amazon - and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed every page of it, there wasn't a boring moment in it! Don't let the fact that it's set in the Victorian era put you off. And just because the main character is a lesbian does not mean that there are sex scenes on every page that get more and more sordid as the book goes on (like a lot of lesbian books that I've read). I loved the music hall parts, and the characters that Nan meets as she goes from innocent oyster girl to rent boy to tom.
I would recommend this to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars great book
Brilliant book well worth a read. Arrived quickly .condition wasn't great though.
Published 8 days ago by MrsP
3.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Waters' Debut Novel
Read this soon after watching the BBC TV adaptation. It's quite a lengthy read at 400 + pages. Although I did enjoy the book. it failed to hold my attention at parts. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Musical anorak
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Every Sarah Waters novel is perfection. For some reason I hadn't read this - perhaps because it had been on tv - I'm so glad that I did as it is now my favourite of hers.
Published 2 months ago by Emmabemma
3.0 out of 5 stars TIPPING THE VELVET
where is my book I have paid for??? never received but money taken from my account IT has not been delivered to my Kindle
Published 2 months ago by BERMUDA
4.0 out of 5 stars really well worth reading
This novel, set in 1890s London, gives us the life and the love life of Nancy Astley, from her origins in a Whitstable oyster family, to her time in London as first dresser then... Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tipping the velvet
An absolutely splendid book brilliantly narrated story . It kept me spellbound right up to the very last page. I will read the rest of sarah' s books can't wait
Published 3 months ago by claire annette
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book cover
They sent a different version (different cover) when I specifically wanted this cover to match the other books I have by the author :/
Published 4 months ago by LJL
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
this classic was a great purchase for a friend of mine, great value, swift service, not anything i cannot like, thank you.
Published 6 months ago by sam dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Astounding. Captivating. Soul-wrenching. Beautifully, lovingly and gloriously written. Tipping the velvet ticks every box. I will carry the story of Nancy forever, and willingly!
Published 6 months ago by Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
Watched the BBC drama (with Keeley Hawes) first, read this book. wasn't disappointed. Read again sometime without any doubt, great
Published 7 months ago by Robyn Popadich
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