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XAVIERA HOLLANDER
Madame l'Ambassadrice


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Granada, London, 1983
(price: 1.50; 176 pages)
first published in Great Britain by Aidan Ellis, 1982


The blurb on the back:

Fifteen year old Sandra de Moncet, daughter of a top French official, is young, sexually innocent - and fascinated by James Llewellyn, a young man who has some mysterious business to conduct with her father.
While on holiday by the sea, she runs into James and his friend Marc at a party on her uncle's glamorous yacht. She accompanies the pair willingly to the beach, and her two practised tutors commence her education in the pleasures of the flesh - and this is just the beginning of one of the world's most amazing sensual careers...
Famous the world over as the author of
The Happy Hooker, Xaviera Hollander has now written her first novel. It is superbly stylish and deeply erotic in the great tradition of The Story of O.


opening lines:
The first time Sandra de Moncet saw James Llewelyn, she had just come from the stable lad's arms.


I like that slogan on the cover: 'Her first amazing novel'. It implies that she wrote some earlier novels, but frankly they weren't up to much. And - you won't be surprised - nor is this one either. It's not a disaster, but the idea of a high-class brothel doubling up as a centre for espionage isn't really very appealing: personal services and diplomatic services don't mix too well.

Compared with, say, Ms Fiona Richmond's venture into the world of fiction, it's a well-written and decently structured piece. Superior, say, to the Emmanuelle series, but that boast about The Story of O on the sleeve is a long, long way wide of the mark.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


from the maker of:
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The Happy Hooker
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