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Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
Tipping the Velvet
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"Lavishly crammed with the songs, smells, and costumes of late Victorian England" (The Daily Telegraph), this delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed... show more
"Lavishly crammed with the songs, smells, and costumes of late Victorian England" (The Daily Telegraph), this delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler. When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint Avenue, " Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education&#151a sort of Moll Flanders in drag&#151finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places. Drawing comparison to the work of Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters's novel is a feast for the senses&#151an erotic, lushly detailed historical novel that bursts with life and dazzlingly casts the turn of the century in a different light.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781573227889 (1573227889)
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 472
Edition language: English
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Linda78
Linda78 rated it
3.5 Tipping the Velvet (Audiobook)
This was well-written and well-narrated by Juanita McMahon, just like Fingersmith was, but it didn't quite grab me the way Fingersmith did. Nancy King and her plights and travails through London on her quest to find herself, love and acceptance are all just a little too over the top for me. And talk...
It's a Books World
It's a Books World rated it
4.5 Review: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Goodreads summary: This delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler. W...
Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
4.0 The end makes it all worthwhile.
Sometimes I get the urge to revisit Nancy and Florence. Every re-read is the same: I dread the middle portion of the book but enjoy the first part and love the final part enough to keep going. I don't know why I can't just give myself permission to skip to the parts I want, but I can't.
Book it Chewie
Book it Chewie rated it
4.0
Wow. Okay. This book was a hell of a roller-coaster for me. It starts out pretty much exactly how I expected. Something sweet, something innocent and naive, before falling down a really long flight of Sin Stairs, very quickly. I'm not unaccustomed to books leaving me reeling after I'd finished rea...
Jemology
Jemology rated it
5.0 Tipping the Velvet
A friend once told me she doesn't like historical lesfic because the sex is so underwhelming and I agree. Until I read this book. ;) An amazon reviewer calls it 'Victorian porn'--sounds like an oxymoron, doesnt it? Unabashed eroticism in a period of prudishness and high morality. In the context of...
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