The Sex Lives of English Women by Wendy Jones
Intimate Questions and Unexpected Answers

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As long as you’re not after any kind of higher purpose, there is no lack of colour in this book; let’s face it, eavesdropping on other people talking openly about sex is never going to be boring.
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'There's a lot of stigma attached to sex. Particularly with women, you have a big dichotomy between: Do you have sex? Do you not? Do you be a slut? Do you be a virgin? Do you be a prude? Do you be a man-whore? You can't really win.'

Women are always being told how to be sexy, but are rarely asked what actually turns them on. Wendy Jones wanted to find out, so she interviewed twenty-four women from all walks of life, including a burlesque dancer, a girl guide leader, a shop assistant, a ninety-four year old who remembers the sexual freedom of the war, a transexual, a nun, a feminist into BDSM, a covered Muslim, a mother, a student, a polyamorist, and a sexual healer.

The women talked about their lives, bodies, sexual fantasies and relationships, about what they've learned, how they have been hurt, what they enjoy and what they long for. The interviews are frank, engaging, and surprising. Each woman is unique but together they speak for a majority, and it's time we listened. This honest and inspiring exploration of female desire will change the way we think and talk about sex forever.

'English women have a reputation for being reserved and uptight; actually behind closed doors we're outrageous.'

 

About Wendy Jones

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Wendy Jones was the first person to do an MA in Life Writing at UEA and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, where she teaches. She wrote Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, a biography of Grayson Perry (Chatto & Windus) and hosts Interesting Conversations, a literary programme on Resonancefm. She lives in London.
 
Published July 7, 2016 by Serpent's Tail. 237 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alice O'Keeffe on Jul 06 2016

As long as you’re not after any kind of higher purpose, there is no lack of colour in this book; let’s face it, eavesdropping on other people talking openly about sex is never going to be boring.

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