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Thursday 20 November 2014

Ten Best Sex Manuals

<strong>The New Joy of Sex, by Alex Comfort and Susan Quilliam - Octopus Publishing Group, £18.99</strong>

A bestseller since its controversial publication in 1972, The Joy of Sex has shifted more than 8 million copies worldwide. Dr Alex Comfort's original version is now largely dismissed as dated and biased, having been composed entirely by a man who refers regularly to
The New Joy of Sex, by Alex Comfort and Susan Quilliam - Octopus Publishing Group, £18.99 A bestseller since its controversial publication in 1972, The Joy of Sex has shifted more than 8 million copies worldwide. Dr Alex Comfort's original version is now largely dismissed as dated and biased, having been composed entirely by a man who refers regularly to "free love". It has been updated by Susan Quilliam, a female psychologist, and with all-new imagery, there's not a dodgy beard in sight.
Sex: How To Do Everything, by Em and Lo (author), Rankin (photographer) - Dorling Kindersley, £18.99 Published in May this year, Sex: How to Do Everything would make a controversial coffee-table read. With clearly-shot imagery from fashion photographer Rankin, this glossy guide is educational and very graphic indeed. Good for avoiding confused interpretation, the book includes wry commentary from US "sexperts" Em and Lo.
Pocket Superhotsex, by Tracey Cox - Dorling Kindersley, £5.99 The latest offering from prolific "sex doctor" Tracey Cox is a pocket-sized guide to rejuvenating your love life. With tips on approaching the world of fantasy, and ideas for raunchy games, this is a masterful but unthreatening crash-course in all things kinky.
A seriously candid guide to steamy sex, this is a hands-on, no-holds-barred manual for more lustful liaisons. Nothing is off-limits in this book. It has arty, soft-core photos and graphic illustrations, and chapters on masturbation (referred to as "doing the hand jive") - so be prepared to abandon the British stiff upper lip.
The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex, by Cathy Winks and Anne Semans - Cleis Press, £18.99 From the managers of SanFrancisco's notorious adult "toy" store, Good Vibrations, this erotic manual provides advice and suggestions for lovers of all sexual persuasions, with an extensive guide to a wide range of props. Ideal for browsing, this is a digestible, educational and entertaining read
Getting It On, by Paul Joannides and Daerick Gross - Vermilion, £12.99 Described by Cosmopolitan magazine as "by far the most human, enlightening, entertaining read" of all sex manuals, this whopping 698-page work is favoured for its comprehensive and accessible manner. Chapter titles include "Techno Breasts and Weenie Angst", which addresses insecurity issues, and "Popsicles & Penises", a frank guide to oral sex. In short, it's a practical all-rounder guide.
The Sex Deck (playing cards), by Dr Dawn Harper - Chronicle, £8 A playful antidote to the usual book form, this guide to exciting love-making comes in the guise of a pack of playing cards. With 52 cards - each illustrated on one side with a daring sexual position, and a brief description of how it is done on the other - this is a fun way of spicing up your night.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amazing Sex (2nd Edition), by Sari Locker - Alpha, £10.68 It might not have the sexiest of titles, but this beginner's guide does exactly what it says on the cover. Ideal for the less-experienced lover, it covers everything from building self-esteem to preparing for the big event, with many handy hints in between.
The Lovers' Guide Interactive - The Ultimate Guide To Sex DVD - Robert Page, £19.99 Billed as "the ultimate guide to creating a happy and fulfilling sex life", this interactive DVD is produced in association with the charity Relate, which offers relationship support services. With features including "lover's eye" you can have a general view or take that of your partner. Topics include "sex toys" and sustaining desire in a long-term relationship.
The Complete Kama Sutra: The first unabridged modern translation of the classic Indian text, by Alain Daniélou (Translator) - £14.99 An important text on sexual behaviour, this is less a manual than a discourse on the pursuit of pleasure. This translation, by noted Indiologist Alain Danielou, provides a fluent and literal rendering of the entire Sanskrit original, with extracts from the 12th-century commentary by Yashodara and the commentary by Devadatta Shastri.

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