Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
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“Erotic and absorbing…Written with starling power.”—The New York Times Book Review

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.

 

About Sarah Waters

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A native of Wales, Sarah Waters is the award-winning author of Affinity and Tipping the Velvet.
 
Published May 1, 2000 by Riverhead. 484 pages
Genres: History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Echoes of Tom Jones, Great Expectations, and anonymous confessional pornography resound throughout this richly entertaining first novel from England: the picaresque tale of its lesbian heroine's progress through several levels of both polite and refreshingly impolite Victorian society.

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With a title that's a euphemism for cunnilingus and a plot awash with graphic lesbian sex, this lush tale fearlessly and feverishly exposes the political, social and sexual subversions of Victorian-er

May 03 1999 | Read Full Review of Tipping the Velvet: A Novel

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Tipping The Velvet BBC2 Panorama BBC1 Faking It C4 Britain's Favourite Hoaxer C4 Howard Goodall's Great Dates C4 In her voluptuous romp of a novel, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters took just over 100 pages to make the Sapphic graphic.

Oct 13 2002 | Read Full Review of Tipping the Velvet: A Novel

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Kitty's shame over her sexual preference sends her into marriage to their manager, Walter Bliss, propelling devastated Nancy into a series of erotic excursions and a struggle for survival, first passing as a young man and hustling, then as wealthy widow Diana Lethaby's kept ""tart,"" finally as t...

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Dominion of New York

Believes everyone is in fact bisexual, so putting her on a lesbian authors list seems counter to her wishes, but here we are.Lesbian works include: Rubyfruit Jungle, Venus Envy.

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After she falls in love with music hall male-impersonator Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes), Nan follows her to London as her stage dresser and eventually joins her on stage (also dressed as a boy) and in her bed, a...

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