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Swinging: The Games Your Neighbours Play [Kindle Edition]

Mark Brendon
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Games Your Neighbours Play

Your neighbours are doing it.

Your relatives are doing it.

Even your colleagues are doing it.

(Especially your colleagues.)

But what is swinging?

Despite being an activity enjoyed by millions worldwide (4 million in the US alone), little is known about the enormous subculture that exists. Turned on to swinging by a chance series of events in his life, author Mark Brendon found it to be stimulating, satisfying and emotionally rewarding, an experience totally at odds with the often cynical and always inaccurate picture presented by the media.

Opening with an orgy scene where a tetchy husband is urging his otherwise-engaged wife to ‘hurry up, the babysitter’s waiting’ this revealing and edifying book is sure to shock some but aims to paint a realistic picture of the relative normality of this style of living. Filled with case studies, conversations and bon mots Brendon expertly crafts a fascinating book that manages to be an absorbing take on social history and a stimulating work of erotica all rolled into one.

Honest, funny, thoughtful and erotic the author entertains and enlightens the reader as he describes attending parties held in clubs, on beaches and in private homes throughout Britain and beyond. He explores why, where and how your neighbours swing, outlines the subculture’s history, principles and rules and looks to a future in which swinging might just save some of our most cherished institutions – including marriage itself. Thoughtful, racy and funny, this fascinating book will appeal to experienced swingers and 'vanillas' alike.

This is the only accurate guide available; a remarkable and fascinating insight into the world of swingers by a skilled and accomplished writer.

About the Author

Mark Brendon is a novelist, columnist and food correspondent. He has lived in France, Italy and Ireland but now works, plays, cooks and travels from a rural retreat in the West Country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TU1Q7K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally reality 23 Feb. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having been around in the scene for some ten yrs....bought this book just to see what the authour had to say. Throughly informative....descriptions on clubs was excellant and very true to word. The talk of private meets made us giggle and again the feelings discribed rang true.Makes excellant reading.Brilliant insight into the very (not) so secretive world of the swinger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers the Swinging Lifestyle Well 7 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As regular swingers for several years, we found this book very accurate and informative, and it would be a good read for those thinking of entering the swinging scene. The author describes his early and subsequent experiences, which are descriptive but not sensational, and he also covers the more philosophical aspects of the lifestyle, such as the history of group-sex practices, why people swing and the emotions which can be experienced. The book tells you what to expect at swinging venues such as clubs and parties; newcomers are often apprehensive about what to expect - we certainly were! Highly recommended.
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I'm not a swinger, but I'm on the edge of that scene through friends and other overlapping subcultures. And I'm also interested in sexuality and history, which is why I nabbed this book when I saw it was temporarily free. So I already knew a fair bit about what swinging was like before I started.

In a rare move for me, I've given up on it at about 40%. I haven't learned a single new thing in reading it so far, and I found the writing style tedious enough that it was a slog rather than a pleasure to keep going. I don't need chapter after chapter putting forth various arguments about why swinging is morally justifiable as if this should be a mind altering insight instead of just 'well, yeah' - well, not if the author isn't skilled enough to make it fun reading. I love arguments like this but this one was just dull.

The anecdotes from personal experience were by far the best bits of the book. The author is at his most entertaining and informative when talking about the specifics of how stuff works in swingers' clubs and websites, and about his own emotional reactions to things. But even those are occasionally interrupted by random swipes against the EU/fat people/the fetish scene which I found... irritating.

The more academic chapters about culture and history and feminism and what have you were very weak in my opinion. If you're already at all familiar with the subject matter there will be no surprises or insights for you here.

Basically, if you groan when you get to the inevitable discussion of bonobos (so apparently obligatory in writing about non monogamy that it is a tired cliche) this book is NOT for you. However, if you've never heard of swinging and think it's probably icky/immoral/disturbing, then this book is a perfectly decent introduction to get you up to speed. But you could probably get as much from just some curiosity and open mindedness and Google.
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