Tipping the Velvet

by Sarah Waters | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1860495249 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Perdue of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 10/29/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Perdue from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, October 29, 2006
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".

I just had to read the book after seeing the BBC mini-series, but I must say I didn't find the same intensity in the novel itself. I guess it's just a realistic way to put it, but the story just sort of wandered about from place and situation to another. Anyhow Waters has a great sense of the time period the story is set to and the story is entertaining.

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Going to be in a bookring (Europe only). The list will be held in a somewhat geographical order (means that if someone from your country comes in as well, they'll be enlisted just after you) and I'll wait about two weeks (Oct 29 - Nov 12) until sending the book out. After that you'll still be able to join (if the book hasn't come back to me yet, that is).
Please PM if you're interested in joining, and when you do, please:
- make a journal entry when you receive the book and another when you'll pass it along
- don't keep the book to yourself for more than a month
- if you're the last one on the list, please send the book back to me

Ahava, Finland
kinedi, UK
BettyBoekwurm, Portugal
bestfriends, France
penelopewanders, Switzerland
rapturina, the Netherlands

Ta-daa. A perfect circle.

Journal Entry 2 by Ahava from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, November 16, 2006
Thank you, Perdue! I can't wait reading Tipping the velvet, I've only seen the TV series. By the way: the last four numbers of the BCID code are 3357, NOT 3377, as in the front cover. I think I'll fix it. :)

Journal Entry 3 by Ahava from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, February 05, 2007
I'll send the book to the UK this week. :)

Journal Entry 4 by kinedi from Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, February 26, 2007
Arrived safely in the UK. Thanks for posting, looking forward to reading this next

Journal Entry 5 by kinedi from Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, March 12, 2007
Another very enjoyable read by Ms Waters. I had seen her last summer at the Edinburgh Book Festival where she presented her latest book ''Night watch'' and she got me really hooked on the historial fiction written from a lesbian point of view. I think she managed very well to portray that era of music halls, rent boy and life in London's East End. I certainly learnt a lot about what it meant to be in love with someone of your own sex in a time when it was considered very wrong, almost evil.
Thank you very much for sharing this bookring with us.Looking forward to reading ''Night watch'' at some point too. Will PM the next reader now for her/his address.

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In the post to Portugal now. Happy reading

Journal Entry 7 by BettyBoekwurm from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Arrived! I'm finishing another book, and this one will be next.

Thanks for the ring Perdue, and thanks for sending it Kinedi!


Journal Entry 8 by BettyBoekwurm from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Wednesday, April 18, 2007
A very enjoyable book. I watched the BBC version a few years ago and liked it very much. And reading the book was equally pleasant. I've read Sarah Water's "Fingersmith", also very interesting, and I really enjoy the way she builds up her characters and the situations. I'll be looking out for more from her.

Thanks for sharing! I'll be sending the book out to bestfriends soon.

Journal Entry 9 by bestfriends from - Ergens in de provincie, Gelderland Netherlands on Saturday, May 05, 2007
In my mailbox today (after a little unforeseen delay of which BettyBoekwurm kindly informed me by PM).

Looking forward to this one, as I have heard many good things about it! Up next after my current read. Thanks for sharing and sending it.

Journal Entry 10 by bestfriends from - Ergens in de provincie, Gelderland Netherlands on Friday, May 11, 2007
Finished reading a couple of days ago and waited a bit to write a review, as I find it quite difficult what to say about it.

It’s not that I did not like it, I did. Still, there are a few things that also irritated me:

*It’s predictable; you knew what was going to happen to the heroine 2 chapters before it did.
*It’s melodrama.
*It has too many blunt, harsh erotic scenes.(don't really know how to discribe that in English, remember it's my second language). I will try to explain:
In general I have nothing against saucy details and I wasn't "shocked" or anything, just found them a little too "unveiled" for my taste. I think they should be leaving a little more too the reader's imagination to be erotic. Compare it with sex in movies: Now there is a difference between artfully filmed sex scenes and “cheap” pornographically filmed scenes!! For that reason I would like to see the BBC adaption one day, to see how they handled that!

Also: I couldn’t help having the impression that the author used these juicy ingredients to have a success recipe, that would get her novel published (as this is a debut) AND make it sell well, once it would be. I always feel a little "taken", when a book seems to be written to become a bestseller, rather than as an artistic creation that's adding something unique to literature.

However, I did like her style of writing. Should try Fingersmiths, Affinity and/or The Night Watch first, to have a better impression of Ms. Waters work. Put those on my wishlist!


As to the next readers on the shippinglist:

mallary let me know that she wants to be skipped.

rapturina is on a holiday until about mid June. She asked me to wait until she lets me know, that she is back, before I send it to her. We both informed Perdue of this delay. In the meantime the book will stay safely with me. I will give it a good home!

Journal Entry 11 by bestfriends from - Ergens in de provincie, Gelderland Netherlands on Thursday, May 24, 2007


The book will make a little unexpected side-trip to Switzerland before it travels to the Netherlands. Let's say we send it on a holiday too ;-)

Perdue kindly agreed that it might as well go to penelopewanders who indicated she would like to read it in the forums, in stead of letting it wait for rapturina's return.

Book will be sent to her tomorrow.



When I saw this link in the Dutch forum, I decided to add some of the pictures of author's studies and workrooms to journal entries of their books.

Look, this is where this story was born

Released 13 yrs ago (5/25/2007 UTC) at Nearest postoffice France in By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 13 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Thursday, June 07, 2007
Thank you so much for sliding me into this ring. I've got Affinity about to start off on an international ring if anyone hasn't read that one by Sarah Waters yet - just PM me, it's still open. I've really enjoyed the two Sarah Waters books I've read so far. These days here in the Alps it never rains but it pours - after months with no rings or rays in the house, about four have arrived in the same week. I've already read one, but this will have to join the line (or queue depending on where you're standing...). I am, however, a pretty quick reader, so it shouldn't be too long before I get to it. (If only I didn't have to do things like ;) work - distracts from all the reading I'd like to do)
Thank you so much for sending this and making this available.

Journal Entry 14 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Friday, June 22, 2007
On the whole I greatly enjoyed this book. I continue to appreciate Sarah Water's writing, and her characters are strongly portrayed and compelling. While reading the story, at times I was greatly irritated by Nancy - the way she just let herself be brushed along, accepting whatever seemed to land in her path... but then, considering her background and education, perhaps that is a fairly plausible reaction. And her depression and gradual emergence also seem relatively credible.
I'm quite a fan of historical fiction, and this is a fascinating change from the usual pomp and glitter generally portrayed.
Thank you so much for making this available. I'll be sending it on to the Netherlands as soon as I can get it parcelled and to the post.

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Now on its way from the rainy Alps to the lowlands... thanks for the ring!

Journal Entry 16 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, June 28, 2007
It's here! I have a few other bookrings here (why do they never come alone?!) so it'll be a while before I get to this one, but I'm a quick reader so it shouldn't take too long. Especially as I'm really looking forward to this book; I've never read anything by Sarah Waters before, but heard lots about her books, so I'm really curious!

Journal Entry 17 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I thought this was a very entertaining story, nothing more or less. :D Sure, it''s a bit melodramatic and predictable, but I loved the style of writing and thought it was a fun read. I really liked how the book ended, how Nancy came to terms with her past and who she is and found happiness. Not much of a surprise, but I still liked the way the story was wrapped up.

I was highly amused by the excessive use of the words ''queer'' and ''gay''. Obviously they were commonly used words back then with a different meaning than they have now, but Waters used these words so many times, it''s almost like she couldn''t think of any other adverbs/adjectives. :D

On its way back to Perdue as of August 7th. Thanks for the ring!

Journal Entry 18 by Perdue from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I still liked the way the story was wrapped up
Well said, Rapturina, that''s what I thought when I got your packet today. I just love it when people put their heart into wrapping up those bookparcels! (+ special thanks for Sarah, she''s much needed for the possible virtual-or-actual GLTBI/gender studies box!)

Well, thanks for joining and reading ya''ll. Happy BookCrossing altogether!

Journal Entry 19 by Perdue at Kolmen sepän patsas in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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