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Writer and all round literary don Maxim Jakubowski, our crime expert, also has a passion for erotic fiction. So, he has taken on the mantle of selecting books for our Provocative Prose genre. We hope you enjoy his selections.

This Month's Featured Books

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern post-feminist age. Married to Bruno, a stolid Swiss banker, American middle-aged wife Anna...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
One with You by Sylvia Day
One with You
Sylvia Day
Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2016
The Pleasure Quartet: Summer by Vina Jackson
The Pleasure Quartet: Summer
Vina Jackson
A striking and beautifully written 'adults only' read, containing some extreme and profoundly intimate scenes. Focusing once more on violinist Summer Zahova, this is the last in The Pleasure Quartet and is aptly titled Summer. Noah also enters the story, unsatisfied...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
Grey Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E. L. James
Grey Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian
E. L. James
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn by Vina Jackson
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn
Vina Jackson
So, so much more than just erotica - this arty highly provocative novel includes themes of loss, release and liberation. Summer’s partner has died, as a violinist she is able to truly escape and express her feelings through her music....
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014

Last Month's Featured Books

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she...

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Second Time I Saw You by Pippa Croft

The Second Time I Saw You
Pippa Croft
It's the beginning of a new term at Wyckham College, Oxford, and a fresh start for Lauren Cusack. Her fingers were badly burnt when a whirlwind romance with gorgeous English...

Captivated by You A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day

Captivated by You A Crossfire Novel
Sylvia Day
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows...

Darker Edge of Desire by Mitzi Szereto

Darker Edge of Desire
Mitzi Szereto
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. US-based Anglophile Szereto is one of the better anthologists in the literary erotica field and her standards...

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A note from Maxim Jakubowski

From time immemorial, prose has celebrated the joy of the senses and addressed the joys and complexities of sex. Think ‘The Song of Solomon’ in the Bible or The 1001 Nights, through to Chaucer, Boccaccio and the often shocking sensual nightmares of the Marquis de Sade.

So where does the line between what is considered erotic and what might be termed pornographic stand? Some argue that if titillation is the only object of the exercise, then it falls into the realm of the latter. But then one must be careful to distinguish between titillation and provocation, and who would deny that D.H. Lawrence, for instance, with LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER seriously attempted to combine both elements, while still offering social commentary and a deep examination of human feelings and attitudes to sexuality.

More modern practitioners of erotica like Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Anne Rice with her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ trilogy (as Anne Roquelaure) and others have pushed the envelope further, and I would argue that we are right now in the middle of a veritable Golden Age for literary erotica. Naturally, some will always find such books shocking. but I daresay none of those I have selected for your further perusal could be found guilty of being exploitative.

So, stretch your fictional limits and dip, with caution, into this ocean of pleasure!


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