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Catherine Townsend
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Book Description

14 Jun 2007

'I relish every second of my sexual encounters: the good, the bad, the bizarre. Most of my serious relationships have started out as one-night stands.'

Catherine Townsend describes herself as 'part slut, part hopeless romantic'. Her quest is to have her cake and eat it - an intelligent dinner date followed by a passionate one-night stand; to combine sleeping around with finding a soul mate.

Sex in the City meets Girl With a One Track Mind in this candid, sexy, funny take on looking for love in unexpected places and how to find Mr Right - or at least Mr Right Now.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (14 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719563518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719563515
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sexy, confident and brimming with attitude' (Cosmopolitan)

'Sexy ... laugh-out-loud funny ... very Carrie Bradshaw: witty,bracing, packed with handy advice' (Observer Woman)

'She's frank. She's funny. And she doesn't mind admitting she's filthy too.' (Independent)

'A no-holds-barred account of Catherine's erotic adventures ... Lots of fun and very Sex and the City' (Closer)

'Phew!' (News of the World)

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Threesomes, sorbet sex, drunk dialling, multiple orgasms, girly gossip-swaps, buying silk underwear - welcome to dating the modern girl's way.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What you'd expect! 25 Jun 2007
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Catharine Townsend is an American in London, and she writes about sex for 'The Independent'. The book is much like you would expect, aiming to be a 'Sex in the City' type account of her sexual exploits, encounters with various men and her Bridget Jones style 'urban family.'

The book is OK, quite titillating in parts, but the main problem that I had with it is that Townsend doesn't come across as particularly likeable. I have real problems with someone who writes sentences like, 'I'm a steak tartar eating chick who is as ravenous a carnivore in the kitchen as in the bedroom.' (Puuurrleese!)

The endless references to shopping in Selfridges and having Hollywood waxes and manicures became particularly wearing.

There are plus points though...the chapter in which she experiments with Viagra was very amusing!

Does what it says on the tin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic but where is it going? 15 Jan 2008
By Claudia
Cat is obviously outrageously promiscuous but well...let's be're reading it for the juicy details. And hey, if that's how she wants to live her life, who am I to judge? Like everyone else is saying though, this book definitely has some very erotic scenes that make you want to keep reading, but there's something missing. Sometimes I kind of felt like it wasn't going anywhere.

This being said, I thought the threesome/foursome scene was quite titillating, and the Viagra bit was indeed funny. I appreciate Ms. Townsend's honesty, and it was a 'fun read.'

I have to ask though, how the hell can she afford to live in London and live the lifestyle she does? It makes me think my chances of getting laid by rich and wealthy men would increase substantially if I moved across the pond. ;)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like watching an episode of SATC 6 Jan 2009
Oh my goodness... The blurb sounded interesting, a bit risque and something new to read. No! As I read the prologue I could actually hear Sarah Jessica Parker reading this book to me. The similarities are too hard to ignore; author is a sex columnist, wears tatty clothes to write her column on her Mac laptop and phrases like "serial monogamist" just make this book SO SATC.

To be honest, you'd be better of watching a couple of episodes of Sex and the City if a bit of risque behaviour is what you want. At least they were original and not a poor copy-cat.

In addition, Ms Townsend seems incredibly arrogant and not at all the kind of gal you could see yourself befriending.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... 21 Aug 2007
By booksy
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...that a book about sex can be so dull. Perhaps this book could be viewed as titillating (if you'll pardon the expression!) for women who've led a sheltered life - but nowadays, the average 20-30 something has been there and done much of what Catherine Townsend has (even if they haven't written a book about it). The book is rather slow going, the sex scenes not at all arousing, the humour falls short and it's also somewhat Narcissistic, with the author relating compliments about her sexiness/sexual prowess/beauty etc. They add nothing to the pace, content or interest of the book and just seem a bit like self referral or back-slapping. If you're looking for an interesting read along these lines, I'd recommend Girl With a One Track Mind by Abby Lee. It's not high fiction, but as the genre goes, it's pacier, wittier and more engaging than Catherine Townsend's offering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 2 Feb 2014
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Brought this book for my holiday, and it was perfect. Just a nonsense read by the pool with a cocktail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 20 Feb 2013
I read this book at the same time as 50 Shades of Grey. I much preferred Sleeping Around. It's got the hot sex scenes plus heart, and a fish-out-of-water story that makes you root for the author. Loved her insights on dating. She's hilarious!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun and frothy 13 Feb 2012
By cartoon
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This is alot better than most of the chick lit sex books out there . Being a journalist Catherine can write and I admire her confidence, alot of what she said made alot of sense to me . I did become alittle bored by the end , the boy friends became rather samey , as did the shopping trips and the sex in the city friends . Plus with some of her stuff [ swingers parties etc] I sensed that she was only trying stuff out for her column , wasnt as out there as she liked to make out and really was just looking for mr right . An easy read for a cold afternoon , to make you smile rather than turn you on .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and badly written 23 Aug 2010
I had high hopes for this book as a fun holiday read but unfortunately it is very repetitive and badly written as if it were quickly written to meet a short deadline for a quick profit. The characters are not examined in detail and the stories are all similar and repetitive. The editor failed to remove repetitive phrases such as "this underwear costs more than my rent" which are overused. Just because the book is about sex doesn't mean basic literary skill should be overlooked. A disappointing read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I read this book whilst in a down period of my sexual life, reading cats adventures helped me he accept that I really do love sex & a fairy tale ending isn't the goal in love... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Naomi-jo Skipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I have just finished this book it was a fantastic read. Very sexy with funny bits.
It's one of those book that you can't put down! Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Townsend, a sexy minx!
It all started when she was on a BBC Radio Four programme and she read out an excerpt from the book "Sleeping Around: Secrets of a Sexual Adventuress". Read more
Published on 5 July 2009 by Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great just like sex and the city
I really enjoy her attitude and realness, I feel reading her book at times just like her and also strive to be more like her. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Ms. M. J. Gormley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Around
Sleeping Around: Secrets of a Sexual Adventuress

love this book very much - a must read!!!
Published on 23 Feb 2009 by Ms. L. Nicolson
4.0 out of 5 stars modern woman
This book for me is what the modern woman should be like, cat has so much freedom yes she worries about the normal things but has fun along the way and is not afraid to experiment... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2008 by sambol00bs
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - mechanical and tender
This is just one of those books that you cannot put down. Catharine Townsend describes how she achieves various notches on her bed-posts in vivid, erotic detail. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2007 by C. Raeburn
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