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Tipping the Velvet

Tipping the VelvetPublisher: Virago
Published: 1998
Format: Paperback
RRP: £7.99
ISBN: 9781844086061

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"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'.

Nan is captivated by the music hall phenomenon that is 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 start 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.


"A delightful novel which sets a new standard for lesbian historical fiction, and should entice new readers to the genre" – Emma Donoghue

"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. Could this be a new genre? The bawdy lesbian picaresque novel?" – Independent on Sunday