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From the oyster huts of Whitstable to the music halls of Victorian London, Tipping the Velvet is the glorious first novel from this much-loved author



‘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’.

‘Erotic and absorbing… Written with startling power’ New York Times Book Review

‘An unstoppable read, a sexy and picaresque romp through the lesbian and queer demi-monde of the roaries Nineties’ Independent on Sunday

‘Waters is an extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit’ Observer

Reviews

This could be the most important debut of its kind since that of Jeanette Winterson
Daily Telegraph
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. It's gorgeous
Independent on Sunday
Intelligent, witty and stylish, the novel re-imagines a lost lesbian history through vivid sensual detail, evocative period slang (the title is a sexual euphemism) and a satisfyingly complex plot
Independent
Richly entertaining... Waters's debut offers terrific entertainment: swiftly paced, crammed with colorful depictions of 1890s London and vividly sketched Dickensian supporting characters, pulsating with highly charged (and explicitly presented) erotic heat
Kirkus
Compelling... readers of all sexes and orientations should identify with this gutsy hero as she learns who she is and how to love
Newsday
Erotic and absorbing... Written with startling power
New York Times Book Review
Delectable... written in roguishly lilting prose filled with the sights, sounds and stenches of London street life
Seattle Times
This lush tale fearlessly and feverishly exposes the political, social and sexual subversions of Victorian-era gender-benders: sapphists, libertines and passing women... Waters is a masterful storyteller... Nancy's search for love and identity is a raucous, passionate adventure and a rare, thrilling read
Publishers Weekly
Glorious... an exceptional debut
Boston Globe
Wonderful... a sensual experience that leaves the reader marveling at the author's craftsmanship, idiosyncrasy, and sheer effort
San Francisco Chronicle
An extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit in a skilled, multi-layered pastiche of the lesbian historical romance
Christina Patterson, Observer
Waters is an extremely confident writer, combining precise, sensuous descriptions with irony and wit. This is a lively, gutsy, highly readable debut
Observer