Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters

I listened to the unabridged audio version of Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters and narrated by Juanita McMahon.

Listening time for Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters is 19 hours, 5 minutes.

I'd been wanting to read a novel by Sarah Waters for a number of years now and finally settled on reading, Tipping The Velvet. As many of my regular blog readers already know, I love reading historical fiction novels and Tipping The Velvet fits the bill perfectly as it is a novel set in Victorian England. 

Additionally, Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters explores lesbian affairs/relationships, male impersonation/cross dressing acts in music halls, prostitution, and mild erotica, which made for very interesting reading... As a side note, prior to reading Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters, I wondered what the significance of the title was for this novel... I soon discovered that 'Tipping The Velvet' is actually a slang term for cunnilingus. 

Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters is divided into three parts. The first part is my favorite. However, all three parts of Tipping The Velvet were really good and kept me captivated from start to finish. I enjoyed Sarah Waters's writing and storytelling. The characters and plot were done well. Since I enjoyed Tipping The Velvet so much, maybe I will try reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters down the road.

One of the best features of listening to Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters, was listening to Juanita McMahon narrate this novel. Juanita McMahon is an excellent narrator. I wouldn't mind hearing her narrate more novels in the future.

The following is a plot summary for Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters from Amazon:
Nan King, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they begin a glittering career as music-hall stars in an all-singing and dancing double act. At the same time, behind closed doors, they admit their attraction to each other and their affair begins.
I am giving Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. I have read The Little Stranger and The Paying Guests. I loved the second one, not as much the first one. I am glad to know you found this one good. I have always meant to read it. I think Fingersmith is her most famous one. I liked your review.

    1. Glad to know your thoughts regarding The Little Stranger and The Paying Guests!

      Yes, Fingersmith seems to be the most well know of Sarah Waters's novels. I hope to read it one day.