Sarah Waters

Virago has been home to the wonderful Sarah Waters since 1998, when her debut novel Tipping the Velvet was published to rave reviews. Tipping the Velvet is an exuberant, exultant novel. It's saucy and sensuous and followers the glittering career of Nan King, oyster girl turned music hall star turned rent-boy turned East End tom turned feminist. It was a revolutionary novel.


Twenty years on, Sarah Waters is one of Britain's most acclaimed novelists; her novels have won praise and awards, and been adapted for theatre, film and television. She is one of our best-selling writers, praised by the critics and loved by you, her readers.


Sarah Waters launches our new Virago podcast: we met to discuss Tipping the Velvet and Virago’s 20th Anniversary edition, for which she has written a new afterword.

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