Paperback: The Dirty Bits - For Girls. Ed. India Knight

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The Independent Culture

Introducing this nostalgic anthology of girls' erotica, India Knight reminds us what a treasure trove of "dirty bits" the parental bookshelves of the 1970s were: home to Lady Chatterley and Couples, Fear of Flying and The Story of O. Recalling happy days when the words "tools" or "member" could have entire classrooms collapsing en masse, Knight argues that the passing around of literary smut is, or was, a distinctly female habit. With unfathomable phrases like "zipless fuck" ringing in the ears of a generation of schoolgirls, she speculates wittily on the long-term effects of such formative reads.