Sarah Waters writes rich and riveting historical fiction with a touch of horror. Tipping the Velvet takes place in the 1890s Victorian England. Waters writing has been compared to Charles Dickens and like Dickens her plots are intricate and rife with injustice and inequalities. Waters displays the darker side of human nature with all of the hard edges intact. She weaves her stories with classism, sexism and gender issues adeptly and seamlessly entwining the details of terrible and strange passions and dark erotica into a brilliant tapestry of a darn good story. You will not be able to put it down! In Tipping the Velvet, prepare to be transported from a family oyster bar in Whitstable, Kent to the playhouses of London as well as to the seedy back streets and dark alley ways where the damned and the desperate play. If you like Tipping the Velvet, read all of Sarah Waters books but be careful! Reading Waters alone at night can make the dark of the night darker and the chill of the evening as cold as ice.
Chronicles the picturesque adventures and romantic misadventures of Nan King, a onetime oyster girl from a provincial seaside town who follows a local music hall star to the gay and lesbian world of late Victorian London. Reprint.