Tipping the Velvet
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Tipping the Velvet


Nan King, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon 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 begin a glittering career as music-hall stars in 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.

Title:Tipping the Velvet
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:472 pages

    Tipping the Velvet Reviews

  • La Petite Amricaine
    Feb 13, 2011

    It's not often that I like a book, so listen up and listen well.If someone had given me the bare bones outline of Tipping the Velvet and suggest I read it, I'd have kindly told them to piss off. I hav...

  • Tatiana
    Apr 29, 2010

    As seen on The ReadventurerWell, I definitely have never read anything like this before. I dare you to read this book's synopsis and not get curious at least a little bit. The moment I set my eyes on ...

  • Fabian
    Sep 15, 2011

    Call this The Lesbian "Maurice." Girl meets girl... then another one... and then another! Odd that in the late 19th century England so many lesbians would all be out and about strolling the dirty stre...

  • Amanda
    Dec 14, 2008

    LESBIAN SEX SCENES!!!I knew that's all you wanted to hear about. I'm going to go on with my review, but you're welcome to stop reading now that you know the juicy stuff. And no, I will not go on to de...

  • Matt
    Feb 23, 2015

    I’m a straight white male living in the conservative heartland of America who likes reading about the Civil War and drinking cheap white wine (sometimes with ice cubes in the glass). Thus, when Sara...

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    Oct 25, 2012

    "I feel like I've been repeating other people's speeches all my life. Now, when I want to make a speech, I hardly know how.""If you are fretting over how to tell me you are leaving-""I am fretting,"...

  • Kelly
    Apr 27, 2008

    It appears that currently the most common criticism of this book on goodreads is that it seems formulaic. Perhaps I am behind the times, but when did eloquent lesbian coming of age stories set in Engl...

  • Frankie
    Oct 04, 2016

    Awful. Terrible. Boring.First half of the book was better than the last half for sure. I know Sarah Waters books are a bit slow but jesus christ. So fucking boring! And that was with all the change an...

  • Alex
    Oct 29, 2013

    So maybe I Googled "literary smut." So?In the comments below my friends are all like, "and this is the best Google could do?" They're appalled. My friends have high smut standards? But the thing about...

  • Bonnie
    Oct 18, 2011

    Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!4.5 starsSarah Water’s debut novel set in 1890s London is a delightfully shocking tale of exploring the boundaries of gender roles in the Victorian er...

About Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a British novelist. She is best known for her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, as well the novels that followed, including Affinity, Fingersmith, and The Night Watch.Waters attended university, earning degrees in English literature. Before writing novels Waters worked as an academic, earning a doctorate and teaching. Waters went directly from her doctoral thesis to her first novel.