10 Groundbreaking Erotic Reads

Sex and a cocktail: they both lasted about as long, had the same effect, and amounted to about the same thing.
D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover


With all the talk about 50 Shades… it’s time to take a look at some of the amazing books that came before.   From Jane Friedman, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media and all-around book publishing rock star, comes her Top 10 Groundbreaking Erotic Reads via Huffington Post.   Click through to read her reasons why ,,,

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
Damage by Josephine Hart
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Exit to Eden by Anne Rice writing as Anne Rampling
The Story of O by Pauline Réage
Candy by Terry Southern



Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett [Book]

text from the Faber website:

It was as a poet that Samuel Beckett launched himself in the little reviews of 1930s Paris, and as a poet that he ended his career.

The Collected Poems is the most complete edition of Beckett’s poetry and verse translations ever to be published, as well as the first critical edition. It establishes a significant new canon, and the commentary draws on a wide range of published sources, manuscripts and Beckett’s extensive  correspondence.

The notes place each poem in context, detailing the history and circumstances of its composition; they indicate significant variants and help explain obscure turns of phrase and allusions (frequently sourced to Beckett’s notebooks); they also identify resonances between poems and across Beckett’s work as a whole. The commentary is written in a lively and engaging style and is intended equally for the general reader, the student of modernism and the Beckett specialist.

The Collected Poems is now at The Society Club, along with other select editions ..



We are very excited to be hosting the Structo Issue 8 Launch Party this Saturday.

Readings from Bette Adriannse and Avril Joy – an acoustic set from Treecreeper and poet/publisher/event maestro Tom Chivers will also be doing a short set.

As Structo said on their blog ‘It’s going to be ace.’

Details: July 28th from 6–8pm at The Society Club in Soho, London. There’s a facebook event page here.


Julian Maclaren-Ross

A week or so ago, we were proud to play co-host to the centenary event celebrating (Fitzrovia) writer Julian Maclaren-Ross.

If you are not familiar with his writing, you should pick-up a copy of the collection ‘Bitten by the Tarantula and Other Writing’.   An excellent introduction to his work.

And the next time you are at a party, and the conversation stalls a bit, you can say ‘You know, Evelyn Waugh was a big fan of Julian Maclaren-Ross, as was Graham Greene.   Have you read him?’.

Copies available at The Society Club, along with other books by and about Julian Maclaren-Ross.



New at the shop: Sidetripping by Charles Gatewood with William Burroughs

Charles Gatewood, Sidetripping

Gatewood’s world is freakish, earthy, blunt, erotic — most of all, terribly and beautifully alive. –The New York Times

“One of the best 100 photography books ever printed” -Bill Pierce

Gatewood, Charles and Burroughs, William


New York: Strawberry Hill, 1975

Original photo-illustrated edition with stiff, paper wrappers, B&W photographs by Charles Gatewood.  (Cover is a little rubbed and marked, slight bumping to corners, a very good copy.)

First edition of Gatewood’s second published collection, Inscribed on the title page  by Gatewood: ‘For Ann Arlen – a fine time in Woodstock – Charles Gatewood’.

Ann Arlen was a radical videomaker of the early 1970s.  The text accompanying Gatewood’s images is drawn from The Exterminator, The Wild Boys and The Ticket That Exploded, all by William Burroughs.

Charles Gatewood, ‘the family photographer of the sexual underground’, shot several early covers for Rolling Stone, as well as the 1970s ‘Wall Street’ series.  This collection set his house style, capturing the confederacy of outsiders with an approving gaze and an exhilarating splash of sleaze.

We’re thrilled to have this excellent first edition in our Shop – and it’s signed.    If you are interested in purchasing or have specific questions, please email, stop-by or give us a call.

UPDATE!!   We have found a good home for this exquisite book!   Thanks to all who emailed us.


The Society Club Presents: Hotcake Kitty’s Monday Night Salon

Hotcake Kitty’s culinary and Cabaret salon.

The Society Club presents Hotcake Kitty’s Monday Night Salon

An evening of divine cuisine and intimate cabaret.  Hosted by the lady of the salon, Hotcake Kitty, and joined by the legendary Pete Saunders on keys

The best in Monday night revelry!

Monday, July 16, 2012 at 7:00pm

Hailing from the stages of New York City, Miss Amelia Kallman is the one and only, internationally acclaimed, Showgirl Comedian. After running the genuine speakeasy spectacular, The Blushing Diamond Revue, in Manhattan with her partner, the famous nightclub designer and impresario, Norman Gosney, the pair set their sights on China, opening Shanghai’s ‘Best New Club 2010′, Chinatown, making them the first people to introduce Asia to the glamorous world of burlesque. She even lead her troupe of ten in the first performance of its kind in a Muslim country, performing in Borneo, Malaysia. Today she lives in London where she leads the chorus line, The London Chinatown Dolls, in the new “ground-breaking” show, When Worlds Collide. She owns The World’s Largest Pastie collection, and has recently completed her memoir, Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl, and is currently writing the other books in what will be a trilogy.

“Masterful comedy” – This is

*Limited tickets available*
You can purchase yours at:

Tickets: £35
Ticket price includes:
2 course meal
Coque an Vin and Tarte au citron
(Please when purchasing tickets call 020 7437 1433 to notify us of any dietary requirements)

Half bottle of wine and exquisite entertainment for the evening.

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