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Tipping the Velvet | Paperback (b format)

Released on 04 March 1999

Author: Sarah Waters | Format: Paperback (b format)

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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.

"Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster? If you have, you will remember it. Some quirk of the Kentish coastline makes Whitstable natives - as they are properly called - the largest and the juiciest, the savouriest yet the subtlest, oysters in the whole of England. Whitstable oysters are, quite rightly, famous. The French, who are known for their sensitive palates, regularly cross the Channel for them; they are shipped, in barrels of ice, to the dining tables of Hamburg and Berlin. Why, the King himself, I heard, makes special trips to Whitstable with Mrs Keppel, to eat oyster suppers in a private hotel; and as for the old Queen - she dined on a native a day (or so they say) till the day she died.

Did you ever go to Whitstable, and see the oyster-parlours there? My father kept one; I was born in it - do you recall a narrow, weather-boarded house, painted a flaking blue, half-way between the High Street and the harbour? Do you remember the bulging sign that hung above the door, that said that Astley''s Oysters, the Best in Kent were to be had within? Did you, perhaps, push at that door, and step into the dim, low-ceilinged, fragrant room beyond it? Can you recall the tables with their chequered cloths - the bill of fare chalked on a board - the spirit-lamps, the sweating slabs of butter.
'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.
'This could be the most important debut of its kind since that of Jeanette Winterson' - Daily Telegraph
'A delightful novel which sets a new standard for lesbian historical fiction & should entice new readers to the genre' - Emma Donoghue

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This is a brilliantly written period piece. Sarah Waters has a distinctive writing style, extremely descriptive, sexy and witty. Follow Nan King through her journey from Whitstable oyster girl to music hall star to rent boy in the west end! A really enjoyable read!

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AuthorSarah Waters
PublisherTime Warner Books (UK)
Year1999
ISBN9781860495243
Formatpaperback (B format) - 472 Pages