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ANNE HERBERT
A New Kind of Love


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Softcover Library, London, 1972
(156 pages)

(first published by the United States as Sexual Twilight)


The blurb on the back:

Lillian belonged to the oddest sexual twilight - a lesbian in love with a man.
Lillian needed John, wanted John - but she wanted, she had to have, her lesbian lovers more. Like the young girls she found in a 'gay' bay, and took home to initiate into the ecstasy of homosexual love. Or the older woman with the bizarre variations on the usual lesbian love-making.
When Lillian first met Cathy, it was just a casual pickup, to last a single lust-filled night. But Cathy was different ...


It's rubbish, obviously. You hardly need me to tell you that. But - and this a small but - it's not quite as bad as the British repackaging would have you believe. I mean, these publishers can't even spell the name of one of major characters right on the back of the book - it's Cathie, not Cathy.

Ms Herbert incidentally was previously the author of The Summer Camp (1963, republished by the Softcover Library in 1966) and A Strange Innocence (Softcover, 1968), which would appear from the titles to be working in the same kind of direction.


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


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