Tag: erotica

23. ‘Hotel Iris’ by Yoko Ogawa

Sometimes you just want to slip back into the familiar embrace of a writer you already know and love. Sometimes that embrace is dark, uncomfortable and a little scary. Still, it’s exactly how you remembered it. Yoko Ogawa …

34. ‘Story of O’ by Pauline Réage (Anne Desclos)

I’ve been wanting to read real, quality erotica ever since I first picked up Fifty Shades and found myself appalled. Surely, I thought, there must be far far better in this genre? Surely there must be something that …

A very sexy story

I can be a merciless critic when I don’t like something, and a certain sexy story has come under my scrutiny a lot in the last few years. But they do say, “those who can’t write, criticise.” Well, fine. …

42. ‘Beautiful You’ by Chuck Palahniuk

I really didn’t know what to make of this book when I first started reading it. The opening is shocking, to say the least: it is told from the perspective of a woman as she is raped, publicly, …

50. ‘The Pleasures of Autumn’ by Evie Hunter

My only real experience with erotic literature has been, unfortunately, the Fifty Shades trilogy. Given that those books are unutterable crap, I haven’t exactly had a great introduction to the genre, which is why I jumped at the …