Sarah Waters: Tipping the Velvet

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  • Louisa Yates (University of Chester)

Described by the Daily Telegraph as possibly being “the most important debut of its kind since that of Jeanette Winterson” (Unknown reviewer, The Daily Telegraph, quoted on the front cover of Tipping the Velvet) – its “kind” being the queer historical novel – Tipping the Velvet won both the Somerset Maugham and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Awards in 2000. Acclaimed by readers and critics alike, it was one of the best-selling novels of 1999, leading to a prime-time television adaptation by the BBC starring Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes and Anna Chancellor in 2002. Tipping the Velvet is complex and wide-ranging, capturing the huge scale and bustle of …

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Yates, Louisa. "Tipping the Velvet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 January 2008
[, accessed 03 July 2015.]

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