Page extent: 126
ISBN: 9781783199952
Binding: PaperBack

Tipping the Velvet

Laura Wade, Sarah Waters

PaperBack (18 Sep 2015)

It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers.

Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.

Sarah Waters' debut novel, Tipping the Velvet was highly acclaimed and was chosen by The New York Times and The Library Journal as one of the best books of 1998. Reviewers have offered the most praise for Tipping the Velvet's use of humour, adventure, and sexual explicitness. The novel was adapted into a somewhat controversial three-part series of the same name produced and broadcast by the BBC in 2002.

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ISBN13 9781783199952
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 126


'Laura Wade's adaptation of Sarah Waters' 1998 novel has a big heart, a feminist message and is staged... with a witty inventiveness...Wade ingeniously frames the story by presenting it through the eyes of a gavel-wielding Victorian music-hall chairman... This pays off beautifully... a hymn to theatre.' Michael Billington, Guardian

'It's creative, edgy and self-aware' The Times

'Worth the price of admission for certain brilliant sequences alone' Independent

'There is a carnival of talent in Tipping the Velvet... Wade has doen an incisive scalpel job, carving out, crystal-clear, the major calling-points of the heroine's path towards socialism and sapphism.' Observer

'Stage adaptations are notoriously tricky, but no one could accuse Laura Wade's adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of lacking theatricality... there's lots to admire' Financial Times 

‘If lesbian fiction is to reach a wider readership -- as much, though far from all, of it deserves to do -- Waters is just the person to carry the banner.’ New York Times

‘amazing… (the heroine) begins her story soaked in brine and ends it soaked in sex’ Salon