A spirited autobiography of love and lust.
British author Dale’s debut memoir charts his life as a “risk-taking, left-leaning northern English ‘rock,’ ” and includes many vividly described erotic interludes. Now in his 50s, he admits to still having a young spirit and a competitive, confrontational, spontaneous and highly sexual demeanor. He impressively displays these attributes throughout this expansive personal history, which begins with his Manchester, England, childhood in the 1960s as the second of five sons. He writes of his grief at losing his father to cancer early on; he was raised by his mother, an avid Labour Party supporter, who eventually remarried. Later, he recalls experiencing inexplicable sexual arousal at 6 years old, an occurrence which increased in regularity as he became a man. Anecdotes about his school days, which include tales of skirt-chasing, soon morph into stories of his stint in the Royal Navy romping through European ports of call and marrying young—all while dealing with insatiable sexual urges. Running alongside his own life story is that of “Lauren,” who marries a man named Dick and bears a daughter, Kaylie. The two families converge in a series of family outings, during which the author becomes enamored of Lauren, thus igniting sexual escapades that are eventually revealed to Dick and many others. Both come clean to their respective spouses, and Dick becomes angrily resentful. Afterward, in a chatty, conversational tone, the author tells of his and Lauren’s sexual life of multiple-partner fantasy fulfillment, which is far from the “conveyor belt normality” of traditional marriage. Both Dale and Lauren readily admit to being people who “never stood still sexually,” and their unapologetic tour of a progressive, unconventional union is on full display here.
An erotically provocative memoir.