Sexual Life of Catherine M.
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A window into a life of insatiable desire and uninhibited sex - this is Parisian art critic Catherine M.'s account of her sexual awakening and her 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 Fifty Shades of Grey, breaks with accepted ideas of sex and examines many alternative manifestations of desire. Told in spare, elegant prose, her story will shock, enlighten and liberate you.
The sensational erotic memoir that shocked the world, now re-issued as a Serpent's Tail Classic.
Elegantly written and extraordinarily frank. Here is a book so rich in sexual revelation that it could feed five tabloids for a year and still have something left for Channel 5 Independent on Sunday Millet is the new icon of highbrow pornography Guardian The author writes like a connoisseur who is perfectly at ease with her subject... A brilliant testimony of a life spent at the sexual front line -- James Harkin Independent on Sunday This is the most explicit book about sex ever written by a woman, though it is far from pornographic. Catherine Millet sets about coolly and rationally exploring her insatiable appetites - and she has lived to tell the tale that is the opposite of lurid. It is a comprehensive and elegant performance -- Edmund White I don't approve of The Sexual Life of Catherine M. But I am grateful she has written it -- Lynne Truss The Times She proves again that Catholicism and filthy sex go together like salt beef and rye Independent on Sunday Readers may find this book disturbing or repellent, but they are unlikely to find it dull. I thought that it was the most honest book I had ever read on the subject of sex -- Rowan Pelling Daily Telegraph Her fans are now citing her as a feminist sexual crusader Observer Millet's achievement is that she curates or, more accurately, catalogues her sexual adventures with no sense of shame or remorse -- Deborah Levy Independent Is this the most original novel of the year? -- JG Ballard Guardian You are amazed at her honesty as you are by her exploits. Some of what she does and says mirror your own thoughts and fantasies -- Marcelle D'Argy Smith Daily Express It is Millet's subversive achievement to describe pleasure for its own sake New Statesman This bestseller shocked Europe and looks set to become controversial here Daily Mirror Her descriptions are laced with a laconic frankness which veers between intelligent reflection and willed self-objectification -- Michael Fishwick Economist Millet diverts the tradition of erotic writing by French women such as Pauline Reage and Alina Reyes firmly into the realm of non-fiction, with this account of her sexual encounters, tastes and unconventional morality... Millet writes extremely well, describing her recollections vividly, and investing her physical largesse with a queenly magnanimity... Millet's sexual aesthetic is a literary one, invoking Sade, Reage and Proust... a work of libertine philosophy' -- Lisa Hilton Times Literary Supplement Millet's implicit mission is to write about her own desire with absolute candour and a fierce refusal to consider her audience's needs or sensibilities -- Kathryn Hughes Literary Review Explicit and honest Dazed & Confused Pornography must have been a challenge, but Catherine M has risen to it in a way that will have Descartes encoring from Beyond... Catherine M writes with the enthusiasm of one who invented multiple-partner sex even though she no longer practises the intercourse that she writes about... Genuine free-love requires a level of trust and honesty few of us are prepared to bring into our dealings with others. Catherine M. might be said to be a genuine innocent -- Ron Butlin Sunday Herald The unabashed erotica of The Sexual Life of Catherine M... salutes the Marquis de Sade in a straight-talking romp through dozens of one-night stands catalogued with savage wit by a Parisian intellecual -- Katrina Dixon Scotsman She has recorded her numerous sexual encounters in disarming detail and an alluring style of cool detachment... They make for extraordinarily compulsive reading. Some may think her honesty gratuitous, others will identify with it and find it inspiring Good Book Guide The investigation of one's woman sexuality is still, by its nature, unique -- Nick Hasted Uncut For those unfamiliar with the female body, it's also illuminating! -- Simon Lovat Gay Times An aloof, gracefully crystilline style as elegant as any French pornography since Sade Vogue USA Graceful, thoughful, oddly charming, and profoundly pornographic. A bold, intelligent, pioneering tour de force Kirkus Reviews The porn most likely to be read by those who wouldn't be seen dead clutching a sweaty copy of Fiesta is The Sexual Life of Catherine M. ... Fine observations and precise prose style... She fits neatly into a category of literary outrage -- Big Issue Tina Jackson An ideal languorous holiday read Diva Do not read this unless you have a wildly satisfying sex life Sleazenation Highly literary, and beautifully, reverently, precisely descriptive -- Morgan Falconer Ham & High Millet's unashamed approach to sex is certainly refreshing and admirable -- Anna Carey Sunday Tribune By reclaiming sexual morality as a highly personal matter outside any kind of political control Millet lets sex take revenge on politics -- Jane Cornwell Weekend Australian
Catherine Millet is the editor of Art Press, an influential Paris art magazine. She has written books on moden art, including a monograph on the painter Yves Klein.