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Sex secrets of the kama sutraSex secrets of the Kama Sutra and other eastern pleasures, by Kayla Ricci
RRP £14.99
Im incredibly picky about sex manuals, and with good reason: so many are filled with made-up men are from mars, women are from venus rubbish which one can only imagine serves to make heterosexual couples feel divided, rather than bringing them closer together. Sex secrets of the Kama Sutra on the other hand, is one of the best manuals Ive seen for elegantly described sex ideas and techniques ranging from the basic to the elaborate. The photography is subtle but sufficiently descriptive, making it the kind of beautifully presented book that is useful, inspiring and unlikely to offend anyone who accidentally stumbles upon it. – Bridget

The golden prince by Rebecca Dean - image of book coverThe Golden Prince, by Rebecca Dean
Edward VIII became notorious for abandoning the throne for Mrs. Simpson, but in the summer of 1911 he was a prince straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Raised by the harsh disciplinarian King George V and his unfeeling Queen Mary, he longed for the warmth that had been deprived of him. The Houghton girls lives were full of fun, both at their magnificent family seat Snowberry, and at the glamorous parties which punctuated their lives. When a moment of serendipity brings Edward and Lily Houghton together, the pressures of a stuffy court are replaced with the lightness that Edward has dreamt of. But a future monarch could not choose his own Queen. Could the devotion of Edward and Lily triumph against him and the impending doom of World War I?

I found this book to be very intriguing and romantic. Prince Edward and Lilly’s romance really pulled at my heart strings, because I know what it’s like to be in love with someone who has been deemed forbidden by your family. I highly recommend this one!
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The 52 Seductions by Betty Herbert - image of book coverThe 52 Seductions, by Betty Herbert
RRP £12.99
Betty and Herbert were a happily married couple. Happy that is apart from the sex side of their relationship. After ten years of marriage sex had become more of a monthly chore than the hot, unable-to-keep-their-hands-off-each-other lust they used to feel for each other.

So how do you get that spark back? Betty set herself and Herbert a challenge: 52 seductions throughout the next year, taking it in turns each week to seduce the other.

A witty, moving and thought provoking book about love, romance, marriage and sex. An unputdownable read.
Note from Lapland

Book cover image for Cougars, cameras and cocks by Amy Adams and Mark CraneCougars, cameras & c*cks: erotica for women who love to look and lust, by Amy Adams & Mark Crane
RRP $US12.95

Amy Adams and Mark Crane are a husband and wife creative team who explore the feminine erotic gaze. Amy is a graphic designer and photographer. She began placing ads on Craigslist seeking models – ordinary people with no prior modeling experience. For payment she offered free prints of her work. Drawing inspiration from the stories told by Amys models, Amy and Mark authored this collection of erotic fiction. The stories are inspired by Amy and Marks experiences or those shared by Amys models.

This bundle of short, sexy stories is not only a fun and enjoyable read. The authors offer an honest insight into how men experience being naked in front of a camera, and emphasize the growing demand for more male nudity for the female gaze.
– Esther Gabriel of Naked men, happy women.

Book cover for Pride and prejudice hidden lusts, by Mitzi SzeretoPride and prejudice: hidden lusts, by Mitzi Szereto
RRP $US15.95
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good romp and a good wife—although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex. In Pride and prejudice: hidden lusts, the entire cast of characters from Austen’s classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this rewrite that goes all the way – and then some! Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.

If Jane Austen had drunk a great deal of absinthe and slipped out of her petticoat… Mitzi Szereto’s erotic parody of Pride and Prejudice might well be the result! – Susie Bright

Book cover for Deborah Lutz's Pleasure bound: Victorian Sex rebels and the new eroticismPleasure bound: Victorian sex rebels and the new eroticism, by Deborah Lutz
RRP $US27.95
For the Aesthetes and the Cannibal Club, two overlapping groups of politically radical men including Algernon Charles Swinburne, Richard Burton, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, it was all sex, all the time.

Historicising the works of these flamboyant sexual prodigies, Deborah Lutz demonstrates the ways in which such figures along with later aficionados of rough trade such as Oscar Wilde helped define our modern notions of sexuality. The influential writers, artists and thinkers Lutz calls Victorian sex rebels promoted womens rights and erotic freedom, even as they doubted religion and challenged Victorian propriety in their lives and in their art. If they saw sexual identity and gender roles as fluid and flirted with everything from flagellation to sodomy, they influenced most sexually themed art of the later 19th century.

Lutzs highly readable account of (male) sexuality during the 1860s in London details the outre sexual escapades of a self-mythologising, self-indulgent male subculture. (It was no coincidence that the 1860s also witnessed stirrings of feminism.) To guard against presentism, she follows an informal historical chronology, structured around themes such as erotic melancholia, aestheticised death and erotic faith. – Times Higher Education

The ghost of Neil Diamond book coverThe ghost of Neil Diamond, by David Milnes
RRP £7.49
The Ghost of Neil Diamond is a rare find, a totally original and fascinating novel that held my interest from beginning to end. The novel is a dark comedy that follows the exploits of Neil Atherton, a Neil Diamond impersonator struggling to make a name for himself in Hong Kong.

Indeed, this well-crafted novel captured my attention from the first paragraph: With a few splashes of cold water Neil washed away his sins. He watched them slip down the plugholes, one by wretched one. The wrongdoings and wrong turns, the bad debts and bad memories sank beyond the U-bend, and his soul lay empty and prepared. Well I could go on and on but the bottom line is that I highly recommend The Ghost of Neil Diamond if youre tired of reading the same old shit all the time and want to check out something truly unique. I for one am looking forward to David Milnes next novel! – Alternative Reel

Book cover of The secret history of rock n roll by Christopher KnowlesThe secret history of rock n roll, by Christopher Knowles
RRP $US16.95
Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows. These sights and sounds all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club; but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the Mystery religions, whose rites often made Lollapalooza look like a church picnic.

The secret history of rock n roll picks up where other rock histories leave off. It tells the story of the Mysteries — their rise, fall, and eventual rebirth in the New World, where rhythms and melodies from the West African and the Celtic diasporas collided with the sound of popular music forever. Youll meet historys first pop divas, headbangers and guitar heroes, and learn the true story of the Puritan Woodstock.

A rock opera of Dionysian proportions craned up against the backbeat of human consciousness. A joyful paean to the gods of rock n roll. —Lon Milo DuQuette, magician-musician, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley

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