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  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Edition edition (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0007163541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007163540
  • ASIN: B00G2TZ0RG
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,797 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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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2004
Format: Paperback
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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phantom on 11 May 2013
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This book has lingered in my thoughts for several days after finishing it, I'd had it on my Kindle for ages and put off reading it thinking it was going to be like "50 shades" which I personally found poorly written, repetitive and boring. It is a shame that "The Bride Stripped Bare" has been marketed for the "50 shades" audience as it is a brave and insightful book which I personally think expresses how so many women think and feel in the various roles we inhabit such as wife, daughter, lover, friend and mother.

The prose is exquisite and expressive, cool and at the same time managing to speak from the heart, the sex is explicit and well written as are the emotions the heroine feels. Oh and the ending is an utter shock that will leave you wondering.......
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Angela Rhodes on 22 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Grun on 29 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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