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June’s Mucky Book – Deep Purple by Mayra Montero

Deep Purple was published in 2000 by Puerto Rican novelist, Mayra Montero.

It follows the reminiscences of a music critic who has reached retirement. As he reflects on his long career, we learn that he has sought out erotic encounters with a variety of virtuoso musicians.

Deep Purple has fallen out of print in the UK, but plenty of copies are available on Amazon.

This month’s Mucky Book Club will take place on Thursday 30th June 2011 (please note change of date!):

– live at The Ship, Wandsworth at 7pm
– on Twitter from 7.30pm under the hashtag #muckybooks

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April’s Mucky Book Club read: Beauty’s Punishment by A N Roquelaure

After the success of Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice took on the nom de plume A N Roquelaure (an 18th century cloak), and returned to her erotic literary concerns of the 1960s.

Despite the fact that she only revealed her true identity in the 1990s, the Sleeping Beauty books were a huge commercial and critical success, out-selling her vampire novels. They represent an erotic reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story, in which Beauty is awoken from her hundred-year sleep by a prince who inducts her into a realm of sexual exploration. The books are known for their sadomasochistic content (which has proved controversial) as well as their surreal, fairytale narratives.

For this month’s Mucky Book Club, we’re reading the second part of the trilogy, Beauty’s Punishment.

Mucky Book Club will take place on 14th April 2011:

– live at The Ship, Wandsworth at 7pm

– on Twitter from 7.30pm under the hashtag #muckybooks

If you can’t make it on 14th, don’t despair – read along anyway, and add your comments to the bottom of this post!

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February’s Mucky Book Club Read – The Story of O

First published in 1954, The Story of O has become one of the most famous works of erotica of all time. The heroine, O, is introduced into a ring of men who demand her complete and utter submission to their often brutal and humiliating sexual whims.

Perhaps because of its content, it was long assumed that the author, Pauline Réage, was actually a man. However, it was revealed in 1994 that French author Anne Desclos compiled the manuscript from letters to her lover, an admirer of the Marquis de Sade.

The Story of O never fails to ask questions of the reader, about consent, voyeurism and the line between fantasy and reality. However, it is also admired for its literary style and language, and its deep sexual charge.

If you’d like to take part in February’s Mucky Book Club Read, there are three options:

Do join us – we’d love to know what you think!

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Riders by Jilly Cooper

I’ll admit I fully expected not to like this. I remember all the women in my family reading it in the 80s. This made me sniffily assume it wasn’t for me.

But actually, it was wonderful. It’s a big, chunky book, something to take on holiday and lose yourself in. I was initially suspicious of the horses-and-champagne context, but Cooper’s writing was empathetic and absorbing enough to make me feel like I was learning about a new world, rather being shown a how the other half live.

And the sex: well, it’s fairly polite by modern standards, but the main male characters are practically archetypes of female fantasy. I found myself getting fizzy-knickered over Rupert Campbell-Black just like his army of (fictional) female fans.

Overall, it may only be slightly saucy, but it’s a great piece of escapism.

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January’s Mucky Book: Delta of Venus

Delta of Venus is a collection of short stories with fascinating provenance.

Anaïs Nin wrote them during the 1940s, when she found herself short of money. Her literary friends – including Henry Miller – were earning a living by writing erotic narratives for an anonymous ‘Collector’ (as the writers called him) for a dollar a page. Nin joined them, and, at the request of the Collector, gradually honed her words down to the pornogaphic acts with no embellishment. The Delta of Venus owes its straightforward, brittle style to this.

Delta of Venus was not published until 1978, after Nin’s death. Despite the Collector’s guidance, it has a distinctly literary style with exquisite atmospherics. However, it is also notable for its use of incest, paedophilia and violence alongside less contested expressions of sexuality.

Delta of Venus is our Mucky Book Club read for January 2011. We’d love to hear what you think of it, either by adding your comments at the bottom of this page, or by joining the discussion at Facebook.com/MuckyBookClub.

There will be a real-life Mucky Book Club meet on 16th January, 7pm at The Ship, Wandsworth. We will live tweeting from this event, #MuckyBooks. Join us!

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