Tipping the Velvet

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 gli...

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

Tipping the Velvet Reviews

  • 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 England 200 years ago become so commonplace as to even HAVE a formula?Ultimately this is a love story em...
  • 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 describe, in dripping detail, any of the aforementioned LESBIAN SEX SCENES. For shame, I know.So anywa...
  • 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 a short description of Tipping the Velvet on the 1001 Must Read Before You Die Books list, I knew I ...
  • La Petite Américaine
    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 have a job, a kid to raise, and an already low tolerance for contemporary fiction. A book about cross-d...
  • 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 streets. Even odder still that the heroine of the novel stumbles upon them all. This took considerable r...
  • 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 era. It's about finding out who you really are and being comfortable in your own skin and about ove...
  • 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," I said, "over how to tell you how I love you; over how to say that you are the world to me." 3.5 s...
  • 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 the 1800s is they were basically the least smutty time in history, so a dildo goes a long way in th...
  • 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 Sarah Waters sits down to write her novels, I am likely not the intended audience for which she spins...
  • 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 and different stages/people in her (Nancys) lifeI listened to the audiobook in work over 2 weeks. I ca...