Piercing the shadows of the naked stage was a single shaft of rosy limelight, and in the centre of this was a girl: the most marvellous girl - I knew it at once! - that I had ever seen.
'Erotic and absorbing . . . Written with startling power' New York Times Book Review
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.
Although I thought the story dragged a little in places it was, nonetheless, well worth reading. The images brought to life by the reader were amazing. It was as if, by turns, you could smell the greasepaint, feel the fever of the crowds, sink into the tawdriness of life on the streets, sink into the opulence of Diana's home & be thoroughly immersed in the squalor of the East End. Well worth the read.
Tipping the velvet
What an amazing book! What twists! What turns! A must read for all lesbians, and those that want a story of a different kind of love.
An excellent tale of the things that get in the way of love. A beautiful, sometimes somber, fiction of what lesbian love looked like in the very early days.