100 Women We Love: Class of 2006

Sarah Waters
South London novelist Waters took her PhD in English Literature and put it to the best use imaginable-titillating lesbians across the world with her lesbo-Victorian romps. Her first novel, Tiping the Velvet (a Victorian slang term for cunnilingus), won a 1999 Betty Trask award, and was made into a sizzling BBC miniseries, as was her novel, Fingersmith. Im delighted that lesbian readers have responded to my books so enthusiastically; Im also thrilled that-in the UK, especially-my books have crossed over and become part of the literary mainstream, said Waters. Her newest novel, The NightWatch, was published in February.
Olivia Patti La Belle