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Sarah Waters on BBC World Book Club in London
22nd March 2018

Sarah Waters on BBC world book club

Sarah Waters on BBC World Book Club in London.

On Tuesday 17 April at 1pm, Sarah Waters will be talking about her acclaimed historical novel, Tipping the Velvet – a saucy, sensuous historical romance set amongst the music halls of Victorian England.

Do you have questions for Sarah? Send them to If you'd like to be in the audience, email the same address to be added to the guest list.

The radio show will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on 5th May 2018.

The Handmaiden wins the 2018 BAFTA award for film not in the English language
21st February 2018

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden, inspired by Fingersmith, wins the 2018 BAFTA award for film not in the English language, directed by Park Chan-wook.

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The Little Stranger is coming to the big screen
14th February 2018

The Little Stranger Film Still


This is the first film still from The Little Stranger, which is coming to UK cinemas in autumn 2018.

The film is being directed by Lenny Abrahamson, produced by Pathé and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling.

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Tipping the Velvet 20th Anniversary Edition
6th November 2017

Tipping the Velvet Anniversary Edition

In February 2018 it will be twenty years since TIPPING THE VELVET was published. To celebrate, Virago will be releasing a beautiful collector's edition hardback, with new afterword from Sarah.

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About the Book:

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'.

It launched the career of one of Britain's most exciting and successful writers. `One of the best storytellers alive today' – Independent. Sarah Waters has written five subsequent bestselling novels, all of which have been filmed or are currently in production and she has received critical and popular acclaim and prize shortlists. She was awarded the Stonewall Writer of the Decade in 2016.

Tipping the Velvet was adapted by Andrew Davies and filmed by Sally Head Productions for the BBC.