Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories, chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review


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While many of us fantasise about an erotic encounter on a train, few spend the small hours dreaming of ravishment by an octopus’s probing tentacles - until reading Ortensia Visconti's fable in this collection, inspired by Hokusai's picture, Dream of the Fisherman's Wife. With 100 stories to choose from, everything you never dared imagine is right here.

My most beautiful of all little blue grey mouse catching, pearly bottomed, creamy-thighed, soft-waisted mewing rat-pursuers! Letter from Peter Pears to Benjamin Britten, 1941