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Julie Peakman is a historian in eighteenth-century culture, sexuality (all eras) and pornography. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and popular magazines, as well as academic journals. She has worked on television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel. Her first book Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England (Palgrave, 2003) was much acclaimed. Her second book Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century (Atlantic Books, 2004) was a light-hearted romp through the eighteenth-century sexual underworld. The Pleasure's All Mine. A History of Perverse Sex (Reaktion, 2013) describes all sorts of sexual variations from ancient Greece to the current day. She is the biographer of two eighteenth-century women, Emma Hamilton (Haus, 2005) and Peg Plunkett, Memoirs of a Whore (Quercus, 2015). She has also edited a 6 volume set A Culture of the History of Sexuality (Bloomsbury, 2011) and an 8 volume set Whores' Biographies 1700-1825 (Pickering & Chatto, 2006-7). Her Amatory Pleasures. A Sexual Exploration of the Eighteenth Century (Bloomsbury) and Hitler's Island War. The Men Who Fought for Leros (I.B. Tauris) are due 2016.

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Julie Peakman teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Her recent books include Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century and Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-century England. She has also edited Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890, eight volumes of Whore's Bibliographies 1680-1815 and is currently writing a sexual history of the world.

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