Sebastian Shakespeare

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Where Their Feet Dance: Englishwomen's Sexual Fantasies


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When I was asked to review this book I accosted three young women at a wedding and buttonholed them about their sexual fantasies. Two declined to be drawn. The third, a hairdresser, looked at me aghast, rose from her chair and walked away.

Rachel Silver has had a good deal more success. She has a talent for drawing people out, as she showed in her book of interviews, Establishment Wives. Many she approached for this survey were reluctant to talk at all. The twenty-six women who did – who range in age from twenty-two to a grandmother of fifty-one – are all remarkably uninhibited.

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