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Sarah Waters: Tipping the Velvet

Harriett Gilbert talks to British writer Sarah Waters about her chart-topping novel, Tipping the Velvet.

This month World Book Club talks to British writer Sarah Waters about her chart-topping novel, Tipping the Velvet.

Celebrating twenty years since its first publication Tipping the Velvet is a bawdy, historical, lesbian romance, following the startling career of Nan King, oyster girl from Whitstable turned music-hall star turned rent boy. Star-struck and infatuated with actress Kitty Butler Nan starts up a double act with her idol both on and off the stage. But when Kitty, hankering after a more conventional life, spurns Nan in favour of marriage to her manager, a devastated Nan is propelled into a series of ever more erotic excursions and ultimately a struggle for survival. (Photo credit: Charlie Hopkinson.)

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Wed 9 May 2018 23:06GMT

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