Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, October 08, 2012
The 10 best sex guides
As The Joy of Sex hits 40, we recall more positions on lovemaking
The Joy of Sex The influential sex manual by Briton Alex Comfort celebrates its 40th birthday this month. On publication, it was banned in Ireland, and US religious groups tried to have it removed from libraries. It went on to sell 10m copies, spending a decade on the bestseller lists. It was loosely based on recipe book The Joy of Cooking, hence chapters such as “starters” and “main courses”. The illustrations of a hirsute couple were based on photos of artist Charles Raymond and his German wife. As well as playing a part in the sexual revolution, reading it became a rite of passage for sniggering schoolboys
Photograph: Public Domain Click on images below for details of the other guides.