In 2003, Nikki Gemmell created waves when The Bride Stripped Bare became a literary sensation with its raw unflinching depiction of female sexuality.
Now she returns with another tour de force addressing the questions of what is intimacy and whether it is ever really possible to know another person.
It is at once a manifesto of married mothers everywhere and a highly personal story of one woman’s sexual awakening.
This is beautiful, and literary, and raw, emotional and bold. It is also deeply resonant of the classic French erotic writings of Colette and Nin although with a modern and provocative twist.
However, to label it as erotic is to do With My Body a disservice. Gemmell has absolutely nailed the female psyche with this novel. This story is more about discovery of self than discovery of sex.
Yes, women will read this book in droves, but if they give it to their male partners to read, the world would be a happier place.