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Raven: My Year of Dating Dangerously Paperback – 8 May 2014
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'Shocking, refreshing and admirable.' Dail Mail.
'Admirably frank and unapologetic. Mail on Sunday.
'Thrills, dangers, controversy…zeitgeist-shifting' Forbes.
About the Author
Monica Porter has been a London-based journalist since the 1970s. She has two sons, and two grandsons, and has written five books. To find out more, visit: www.monicaporter.co.uk
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I have now read Monica Porter’s book and take great pleasure in awarding the good lady the maximum five stars. What caused me to totally change my mind? It’s that she has the balls (forgive the expression but – although they are not physically present, her quota far exceeds the average male’s) – to relate her story in a totally honest manner, sparing no blushes, so that the great British public are educated on a subject that the majority would not even know existed. Her entertaining literary style and subtle humour shine through.
I have no intention of going into detail but suffice to say that we males should take note of how our actions, words and characters are - in my opinion - very accurately and cleverly assessed by one clever lady.
if this book were written by a 20 or 30 something lady then it would likely be vitriolic, condemnatory and pretty wicked about men (young or old !!). in monicas hands, the book is none of these things even though she gives accounts of a couple of somewhat terrorising encounters. she is pretty good natured about all of it and her wisdom and femanine understanding shine through as befits her age and mature learned outlook which comes across as something of an asset. i had originally hoped for a graphic and highly descriptive shag fest but it is not this at all but respectfully informative and enlightening. perhaps her critics ( and there have been many unpleasant ones !!) should look forward to their own twilight years in utter celibant empty loneliness as seems to be the cultural norm. sex is a major facet of being a human and i see no reason at all why it should cease to be an activity for older people; monica proves it can be done !!.
i bet oaps who are sexually active have far better mental health than those who physically can but simply dont create or pursue opportunities for encounters.
its about time someone wrote about the needs and desires of ladies in later life stages. the equipment may have a bit more wear and tear but i bet the desires and urges are just as powerful as when they were young.
For my part I've learnt a few things: if you want to meet potential partners stick to the bars, the libraries and the dog-walking circuit. I would say gyms, but was led to believe that Aqua Aerobics was a safe exercise option. I'm not so sure now ...
Both funny and disturbing - a five star read.
Note - the review headline isn't me, it's a quote from the novel that had me laughing out loud.
Monica Porter, I salute you!
The author, a successful 'Fleet Street' columnist, draws you into her adventures. She leaves you wanting so much more.
In our fantasies we explore all possibilities. This book captures the essence of our wilder imaginings: a tryst with a smart provocative women. If you feel there's an advantage in 'having' a partner that nobody would turn down (excluding a couple of oddballs at the beginning who wouldn't recognise an adventure if it hit them in the chops), if you long for someone who's trawled though the spectrum of experiences that life throws up with relationships that aren't always satisfying and with men who aren't always compatible (as the modest preamble suggests) and now tells you she knows what she's looking for - adventure, more experiences, research material, or possibly all three - then this book is waiting to be devoured. Who wouldn't be tempted by the chance of a sexual liaison so charged with seduction and physical intimacy. If all this chimes It must be disheartening to know you've missed your chance with Raven and will have to make do with the pleasures covered in her book allowing your imagination to compensate for the adventures that might have been.
Raven, if you ever decide to come out of retirement, I hope you'll know where to find me. I'll be waiting.
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