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'One of the most explicit books about sex ever written by a woman' Edmund White A window into a life of insatiable desire and uninhibited sex - this is Parisian art critic Catherine M.'s unabashed autobiography, the story of her sexual awakening and unrestrained pursuit of pleasure. From the glamorous singles clubs of Paris to the Bois de Boulogne, she describes her erotic experiences in precise and beautiful detail. A phenomenal bestseller throughout Europe, The Sexual Life of Catherine M., like the recent Fifty Shades of Grey, breaks with accepted ideas of sex and examines the alternative manifestations of desire. Told in spare, elegant prose, her story will shock, enlighten and liberate you.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 20mm | 158.76g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552771724
  • 9780552771726
  • 113,341

About Catherine Millet

Catherine Millet, who lives in Paris, is an expert on modern art and is the editor of the magazine, Art Press. Her last book, L'Art Contemporain, was published in 1997. She curated the French section of the 1989 Sao Paulo Biennale and the French Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale.
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"'Millet writes extremely is neither pornography nor her coy younger sister, erotica, but a work of libertine philosophy'" The Times Literary Supplement "'Unabashed erotica...a straight-talking romp catalogued with savage wit by a Parisian intellectual'" The Scotsman "'A brilliant testimony of a life spent at the sexual front line' " Independent on Sunday "'One of the most explicit books about sex ever written by a woman'" -- Edmund White "'I thought it was the most honest book I had ever read on the subject of sex'" -- Rown Pelling Daily Telegraph
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Back cover copy

The Sexual Life of Catherine M. is the autobiography of a well-known Parisian art critic who likes to spend nights in the singles clubs of Paris and in the Bois de Boulogne where she has sex with a succession of anonymous men. Unlike many contemporary women writers, there is no guilt in Millet's narrative, no chronicles of use and abuse: on the contrary, she has no regrets about a life of sexual activity. Catherine Millet's writing is a subtle reflection on the boundaries of art and life and she uses her insights on the role of the body in modern art to set the scene for her multiple sexual encounters.

A phenomenal bestseller in France and in all other countries in which it has been published, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. is very much a manifesto of our times - when the sexual equality of women is a reality and where love and sex have gone their own separate ways. Like The Story of O, it is a truly shocking book that captures a decisive moment in our sexual history.
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Review Text

"'I thought it was the most honest book I had ever read on the subject of sex'"
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2,251 ratings
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5 9% (213)
4 18% (406)
3 32% (720)
2 25% (570)
1 15% (342)
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