Kinky History

Esme Louise James

Irreverent and provocative, this is a history of sex, from TikTok sensation, Esme Louise James.

It’s time to take your seat for a dinner party like no other. Discover the long, long history of the dildo. Hear James Joyce celebrate the beauty of his wife’s farts. And you’ll never guess Albert Einstein’s thoughts on marital relations.

Kinky HIstory draws on Esme Louise James’s phenomenally successful series on TikTok, which explores scandalous stories in the ancient world and the saucy secrets of famous figures. Teaming up with her statistician mother, Dr Susan James, the pair have surveyed the nation for all of your intimate secrets – and the results are in.

By placing the past in conversation with the present, we’ll explore five ‘kinks’ that challenge our thinking abour sex. How has the idea of sin shaped our sex lives? Why is masturbation so taboo? Where are ouyr hidden queer histories? How do kinks and fetishes play with the idea of sex? And why does pornography have so much power over us?

Kinky History aims to blow open our conversation abour secuality and gender. Strap yourself in (or on?) – let’s build a more liberated, sex-positive future.

Far from being academic, it's a tale told with relish and humour ... A colourful study, often told in a suitably picaresque style.

- Sydney Morning Herald

Friendly and accessible ... a fun book and an importnat one as it explores five 'kinks' that may challenge how we think about sex.

- Books+Publishing

Written with obvious relish, Kinky History is fun and informative.

- ArtsHub

Release
Oct-2023
ISBN
9780645498585
RRP (AUD)
$34.99
Pages
344
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
Middle Grade Fiction

Esme Louise James

Esmé Louise James (@esme.louisee) is best known for her Kinky History series on TikTok, where she currently has 2.3 million followers, and Instagram, where she has more than 400,000 followers. Esmé is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne; her thesis investigates the emerging genre of the pornographic novel in the 18th century. She has written a range of articles for The Age, the ABC and The Conversation, as well as short stories and poetry, and in 2020 she was listed in the Top 30 Emerging Writers by SBS Australia. Esmé also presents the popular Kinky History podcast, was a speaker at TEDxSydney in 2022, and was nominated for Best Digital Creator at the 2022 AACTA Awards.

Pantera Press

Pantera Press is a young and enthusiastic publisher of titles that spark imagination, conversation and change. We publish fiction, non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and a growing list of children’s titles.

Kinky History
Rights
World
Rights Sold:
World English ex ANZ
Rights Sold:
Dutch; ANZ audio
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