The bestselling The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker has been republished this month. I read Suzanne's story when it was first released several years ago and devoured it in one sitting.
It reads as an erotic memoir and you become a voyeur observing a 40 year old, divorced woman's rampant sex life. Set in London the amount of copulating with different partners is eye-watering and the candid honesty about what she really wants is both refreshing and shocking. But it's not just the physical act, emotions are tugged every which way as she searches for 'the one' and for a good time whether it is with an anonymous one night stand or a man she is beginning to have feelings for. Check it out, though not if you're easily shocked, this book is unashamed in its details when it comes down to the nitty gritty of sex.
After losing her virginity to a stagehand she meets on a school field trip to the theatre, Suzanne takes up with a succession of lovers, from punk rockers to university boys to personal-ad Romeos, before settling down with a dashing man who turns out to be more interested in his career than in sex.
Ten frustrating years later, a chance meeting on the internet with an American 3,000 miles away dooms her marriage, but helps Suzanne regain her confidence and sparks a journey of self-discovery that is anything but typical.
“explicit … an erotic adventuress who refuses to allow her sexuality to be caged by society’s conventions” – The Observer
“naughty, open and true” – More Magazine
“intelligently written and brutally honest” – Metro