I Take You, by Nikki Gemmell. Fourth Estate, £7.99


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In a previous novel, The Bride Stripped Bare, Gemmell  boldly gave voice to things women think but never say, especially to lovers.

Her latest foray into female desire is a stylish re-telling of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, an erotic text that aims to reclaim “tenderness” for a Fifty Shades audience. Among the plutocrats of Notting Hill, the crippled Clifford Chatterley is recast as a hedge-fund manager, while trophy wife, Connie, keeps their marriage alive by total submission. But then she meets Mel… a gardener with very dirty finger nails and suitably Lawrentian “loins”.