Celbridge's more recent works have concentrated mainly on F/F erotic spanking situations, but this novel covers a broader canvas, with much more emphasis on M/F situations, although it does not neglect the F/F side of things. The principal character, by virtue of her chastising relationship with a rich older man, inherits the wherewithal to set up a school for young ladies. The first part of the book is concerned with her progress in making the necessary arrangements, using invariably flirtatious approaches to the various men whose help she requires. The descriptions of these activities, and also those detailing the recruitment (and chastisement) of necessary female staff are really entertaining and erotic, and largely justify acquisition of the book. I found it rather unfortunate, however, that the principal character appears to abandon such promising beginnings in favour of the clichéd visit to the seamy erotic side of Paris well beloved of other writers in the Victorian/Edwardian style. The book thereby loses momentum in describing orgiastic activities that involve many upper class people who are largely unrelated to the basic aim of opening and running a school. It also loses its freshness and its basic erotic appeal. Still my favourite Celbridge so far, though.