An erotically provocative memoir.


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.  

Pub Date: April 11, 2014

ISBN: 978-1495284700

Page Count: 244

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2014

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...


Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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