Tipping the Velvet

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Title Tipping the Velvet
Author(s) Sarah Waters
Published 1998
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Tipping the Velvet is the 1998 debut novel of lesbian author Sarah Waters. It won the Lambda Literary Awards for lesbian fiction and has been adapted into a BBC miniseries, as well as a stage play.

Publisher's Summary

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.


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