By Joanna Briscoe

Printed: 1997

Publisher: Phoenix House. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 15 × 23 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 23 x 4

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In the original dustsheet. Navy cloth binding with silver title on the spine.

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This one is written in the style of a Frenchie “erotic novel”. Pretentious, philosophical, implausible dialogue. No, just… no.

The beginning held the potential that things might be saved by virtue of being hilariously bad. Like when the protagonist says of her vagina: “Only poets are permitted in there. Only those who speak poetry”; or this gem: “he smelled of sweet animal — the imagined scent of lion sweat, or dog”. Oh yeah, turn me on! But alas, it all came to nothing, since what followed was just run-of-the-mill self-absorbed rambling about the greatest love the world has never known, that of Adele and her abusive boyfriend, Laurence. Again, a Frenchie erotic novel. Be warned.


Joanna Briscoe (born 1963) is an English writer who has written four novels and several short stories and has worked as a freelance journalist. Her first novel, Mothers and Other Lovers, won a Betty Trask Award in 1993, and her third, Sleep with Me (2005), was adapted for television.

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