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Nikki Gemmell
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  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Edition edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007163541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007163540
  • ASIN: B00G2TZ0RG
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nikki Gemmell's unmasking as the 'anonymous' author of The Bride Stripped Bare sparked tremendous media interest in the book, which went on to become an international bestseller. Reviewers have hailed the freshness and power of her writing.

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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FIND 10 May 2004
By A Customer
I was keen to read this novel after devouring the author's columns each week in the Mail on Sunday. I wasn't disappointed. Her writing is consistently fearless, original and thought-provoking. She is not afraid to speak her mind which is what I love about her journalism and her books. "The Bride Stripped Bare" is about many types of love - that between a husband and wife, a wife and a female friend, a mother and a child, a woman and her lover. But it's also about an everyday housewife finding sexual fulfillment in a most unconventional way, beyond all the compromises of married life. It's about a woman's deepest, darkest thoughts (dare I say every woman's!) I was seduced not only by the courage of the book but by the beauty of its prose. It's a wonderfully satisfying, deeply felt read.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This was one of the best books I've ever read. I kept on thinking "this could be me, it's everything I think." I can imagine that so much of what is in here is really scary for guys, because it's a side of women they never see. I read the book over two nights and as soon as I finished i wanted to begin it all over again. It's sexy, deeply moving, haunting and really touched a raw nerve with me. I think the author was very brave to do what they did. I've passed it on to so many women and they all agree with me. I can't get my copy back, it keeps on being passed around to other women!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I related to this book completely as I suspect a large number of married women will. From the dark thoughts and suspicions to the need to escape into a world of sexual fantasy and desire. I can understand that a man reading this book will find it uncomfortable reading and may look at his wife in a different way afterwards which might be a good thing. Read it and enjoy!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for everyone in a relationship 30 Mar 2005
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This is one of the most intensely moving books I've read in a long time. It's about a woman who, dissatisfied with her humdrum marriage, decides the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and, although she fights it initially, allows herself to become involved for a short, passionate, time, with another man.
It explores the different kinds of love we all experience at some point in our lives; the kind of love which is like a warm blanket on a cold night; the almost obsessional kind which overwhelms you with its intensity but that you know is impossible to last; the unconditional love which parents hold for their child.
If you have ever experienced any of these emotions, it's worth reading. The key thing that I took away from this book, is that it could happen to normal people just like you or I.
It's not a book for anyone with strong moralistic views about what is right and what is wrong in a relationship, but if you believe that people are human and therefore make mistakes and learn from them, and approach this book with an open mind, it will change your outlook on what a relationship really is - and will challenge your view on what you really need to be happy in a relationship.
I won't spoil the ending for you, but some of you will go away thinking 'Phew, glad that's not me!' and others will go away thinking 'Phew, that could so easily have been me!' :) Enjoy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Spellbounding, Sensual 3 Aug 2003
By A Customer
So brutally honest - so passionate and very sexy...this book is beautifully written and its characters will haunt you for a long time after finishing - there is nothing I can write that will describe how superb (and addictive) this book is - do it justice by reading it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beachy Head's Loss 29 Jan 2004
Forget the controversy surrounding the author's identification. Ignore the inaccurate pornographic hype on publication. Set aside the rare but obvious lapses into gender stereotyping. Muse on how much is true versus imagined. Ponder on a frank, female account of sexual awakening in a marriage environment familiar to many but lived by nobody you know - least of all yourself.
This well paced novel confronts the tensions which exist between husband and wife, friends and acquaitances; the reality we all deny that ultimately we know ourselves as little as we know others. Exploring the unspoken, unrecognised signals which hold us all back in so many ways, the heroine's unexplained disappearance and fate serve to emphasise the emotional/physical barriers we erect as age, experience and society inexorably blinker us.
A compelling novel of at times excruciating honesty. Imperfect in some ways as both characterisation and plot dip into the obvious on occasion, nevertheless the book grips as you wait to see yet another fault line you might be honest enough to recognise. The heroine's disappearance so soon after childbirth is the supreme statement on the state of relationships and the as yet lack of a sound navigation channel through them.
I applaud the author and recommend the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 27 Aug 2012
Not for me, I'm afraid. A wade of a read rather than a passionate romp, not particularly sexy and I'm left disappointed. Wish I'd not bothered. Written in a similar style to 'with my body' by the same author, which was the better offering. Look elsewhere for thrills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and Compelling 18 Aug 2012
This book has a compelling story line, is exceptionally well written and the story drives the reader forward. The publishers seem to be re-marketing this book as a Fifty Shades type thing but it's way and above that. The style of writing is of a good quality and the characters are well drwan and three dimensional. If you're looking for cheap erotic pap then stick to Fifty Shades but if you're more discerning go for this gem of a book.
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Not sure whether the style of writing was to my taste. I suppose that having read it all that it kept my interest and I was curious as to how it would end. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars this is ok
For those wishing something as good as the trilogy 50 shades of grey this book is ok but nowhere near as good
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful writers I've ever read
This is chick lit at its very best - saying what women never dare to say but probably all feel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are there any happy wives?
A housewife and a not very contented housewife it seems who longs for some racy sex when all she gets these days is the same old same old. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
No this book was not for me. I did not like it, I didn't finish it. not my type of book.
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