Tipping the Velvet is a historical novel published as Sarah Waters' debut novel in 1998.
Set in Victorian England during the 1890s, it tells a coming of age story about a young woman named Nan who falls in love with a male impersonator, follows her to London, and finds various ways to support herself as she journeys through the city.
As opposed to previous lesbian-themed fiction she had read where the characters escape an oppressive society to live apart from it, Waters chose characters who interact with their surroundings.
She has acknowledged that the book imagines a lesbian presence and history in Victorian London where none was recorded.
But here’s some encouragement: Forty percent of young people think they are shy, and the percentage gets higher over time.
However most people do not have a shyness disorder to overcome, they just need a little more practice.
About six months after my son was born, he and I were sitting on a blanket at the park with a close friend and her daughter.
And all I can say is, if you say you’re not worried, either you’re in denial or you’re lying.Most likely, she’ll say that what she really wants is a husband (and, by extension, a child).To the outside world, of course, we still call ourselves feminists and insist—vehemently, even—that we’re independent and self-sufficient and don’t believe in any of that damsel-in-distress stuff, but in reality, we aren’t fish who can do without a bicycle, we’re women who want a traditional family. ), every woman I know—no matter how successful and ambitious, how financially and emotionally secure—feels panic, occasionally coupled with desperation, if she hits 30 and finds herself unmarried.The picaresque plot elements have prompted scholars and reviewers to compare it to similar British urban adventure stories written by Charles Dickens and Daniel Defoe.The novel has pervasive lesbian themes, concentrating on eroticism and self-discovery.