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October 25, 2002

Book Review: Tipping The Velvet

Filed under: review, books — suzanne henderson @ 2:53 pm

Fiction novel by Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters creates a wonderful novel exploring a young girl’s fancy of women in the late 1800’s. Young Nancy Astley is swept away from her oyster serving family by a music hall masher, Kitty Butler. Tipping the Velvet follows her struggles as she struggles to hide her identity and eventually finds acceptance as a tom.

The historical richness is expertly paired with the passionate encounters to make this novel a success. Once I started reading, I could hardly put it down.

Wondering what ‘tipping the velvet’ means? Something that would prolly happen between a girl and her female lover at some point. Don’t think I need to be any more specific than that.