Jackz (tsunami_puppet) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 3

3. Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
Blurb: 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'.
My View: I could not wait to read this book! Having seen so many adaptations of Waters' novels which were enthralling, I knew her books must be too and this did not disappoint. Waters' has a wonderful way of writing, which makes you want to keep reading. You care about her characters, even the main character of Nan who is far from likeable at times. The book is split into three chapters, each taking place over one-two years in Nan's life and each is beautifully written. The detail Waters' puts in, not only to the characters, but the costumes and descriptions of Victorian London bring the story vividly to the imagination. It is refreshing to read a historical novel which has been so wonderfully and carefully researched. The sex scenes, which are surprisingly few, are well-written and not overly graphic compared to some novels of late. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an 'alternative' love story.
Pages: 472

3 / 50 books. 6% done!
Tags: british, historical fiction, love, romance

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