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Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Bea&hellip by The Reverend Dr Eramus St Jude Croom DD
Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness by The Reverend Dr Eramus St Jude Croom DD
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perverse scholarship, 11 Feb 2008
A delightfully erudite book. If your reading of, say, the Guardian brings you in contact with words such as ecdysiasm (striptease) or paliatsophilia (the erotic appeal of clowns) then this book will explain them to you. Of course, if your classical education rivals the Reverend Croom's, you may not need the mere definition, but still the book will illuminate and illustrate. And in little sidelights we find out something of the Reverend's own proclivities. He is no mere observer. "My own researches have led me to come a skilled practitioner", he writes when discussing the cane. The illustrations are suggestive rather than explicit, but nevertheless striking: I tried to read the book on a… Read more
The English Vice: Beating, Sex and Shame in Victor&hellip by Ian Gibson
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 17 Nov 2006
This is a fascinating survey of the use of corporal punishment in England, with lots of wonderful historical details. If you want to know about Keate of Eton and his fondness for birching, or the flagellatory interests of Swinburne and his contemporaries, this is the book for you. If you like this, you might also appreciate "Thy Rod and Staff" by Edward Anthony.
Over The Knee (Nexus Enthusiast) by Fiona Locke
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic, 17 Nov 2006
This really is quite a book. Nexus describe it as "the definitive spanking novel" and that really comes close. It's well-written and entertaining, and it's by a real enthusiast who understands the core of the spanking game. The author claims that the cover picture is actually of her, and she has a story of taking the picture to back her up. A must-read for anyone who's into this.