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Charlotte Roche was born in 1978 in High Wycombe, but was brought up and lives in Germany. She has been a highly respected presenter on the German equivalent of MTV.
CHARLOTTE ROCHE - This young German writer’s WETLANDS is the latest shocker from the world of literary erotica, following the hospital saga of a young woman with a sick fascination for body waste, secretions and some of the more taboo corners of the human body. But the scabrous subject matter is certainly redeemed by a glowing sense of humour and cheekiness.
Ihre Ehe? Horror. Ihr Kind? Egal. Ihre Zukunft? Rosig. Denn sie hat jetzt ein Mdchen fr alles. Und einen ziemlich guten Plan.
A collection of Charlotte Roche's two sensational, defiantly honest and startlingly unique novels'We should celebrate a writer like Roche, whose voice is defiantly, shamelessly her own' GuardianRoche's first novel, 'Wetlands', is a headlong dash through every crevice and byproduct, physical and psychological, of its narrator's body and mind. It immediately became a literary sensation on publication, and was the biggest selling book on Amazon - anywhere in the world.Replete with a forty page description of marital sex, details of worms, and even, following an abortion, 'the best anal sex ever', 'Wrecked' reannounced Charlotte Roche, and showed her exploring the detrimental pressures placed on women as mothers and wives.
From the author of the international bestseller 'Wetlands', a raw and taboo-breaking novel of sex and grief, obsession and death. 'My therapist says I'm trying to escape fear through sex... I could easily have sex ten times a day.' Elizabeth Kiehl is a devoted mother. A committed environmentalist. The ideal wife. So why is she so insecure? Because her daughter has worms? Because the planet is still doomed? Because visiting brothels with her husband makes her feel sick? Or is it that if she stops thinking about absolutely everything else she will remember what happened to her family eight years ago? 'Wrecked' is a raw, uncompromising and blackly comic portrayal of trauma, sexuality and one woman's desperate attempt to cling to something like sanity.
With her jaunty dissection of the sex life and the private grooming habits of the novel's 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel, Charlotte Roche has turned the previously unspeakable into the national conversation in Germany.The book is a headlong dash through every crevice and byproduct, physical and psychological, of its narrator's body and mind. It is difficult to overstate the raunchiness of the novel. Wetlands opens in a hospital room after an intimate shaving accident. It gives a detailed topography of Helen's hemorrhoids, continues into the subject of anal intercourse and only gains momentum from there, eventually reaching avocado pits as objects of female sexual satisfaction and - here is where the debate kicks in - just possibly female empowerment. Clearly the novel has struck a nerve, catching a wave of popular interest in renewing the debate over women's roles and image in society.