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The Dirty Bits: For Girls - India Knight

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Genre: Fiction / Author: India Knight / Paperback / 266 Pages / Book is published 2008-02-07 by Virago Press Ltd

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      30.09.2010 07:19
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      After a recent trip to my local library, I came across the book I will now review for you, and was instantly interested and titivated too!

      The book in question is - "The dirty bits for girls by India Knight".

      The general premise of the book is a selection of chapters, poems...well almost anything that the author herself remembers from her childhood (in an all girl school), reading furtively and then swapping stories and information with her closest friends, the difference being these were all things that they described or viewed as "sexy", which in fairness to a child of that age is pretty much anything!

      I have to say from my point of view I can distinctly remember stealing a book from dad's "private collection"!, and being completely enthralled with it, though nowhere in the book is there any reference to my books of choice "a confession of....", the extracts within the book are little more literary than that!

      Within the book itself, and after a fantastic and hilarious introduction chapter from the author, which is worth reading the book for alone, there are around 22 different "dirty bits" which range from Jilly Coopers "how the English do it" through to "the eve of St Agnes" by John Keats.

      There is a great deal of heavy sexual content, with there even being a story about a group of young girls at an all girls convent school setting up there own prostitution services for a nearby all boys school, just for them to gain a little experience of the opposite sex, and a bit of money too!

      There are also some touching scenes too, and no I don't mean actual touching (tsk, tsk!), but there are romantic inserts (behave now!), sexual tension and a particularly wonderful chapter from my favourite author of my youth Judy Blume, where in a book called "Forever" there is a scene where a young couple in love have there first sexual experiences with each other, and though very sexual in nature is also quite touching, as it feels so true to life with there being no cream "first time" for them.

      There is much in this book that I have never actually read, and as the author states this is a book of her personal preferences as a youngster, so many of the inserts may have actual meaning to the reader, needless to say it is a titivating, touching and at times I have to say disturbing read, there is at least one very unpleasant scene in the book!

      There is an anthology in the back of the book so that any insert that really catches your imagination can be cross referenced for you to get the information needed to track the work down in it's entirety, with there being at least two I really feel I want to completely read.

      Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £4.97.

      This is a really interesting read that has inspired me to start my own "dirty bit's" collection, though I feel that many more Mills and Boon "throbbers" will be included in my list, recommended!

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-1-84408-228-5


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