Swinging

Your neighbours are doing it. Your relatives are doing it. Even your colleagues are doing it. But what is swinging? Honest, funny, thoughtful and erotic, the author outlines the subculture's history, principles and rules and looks to a future in which swinging might just save some of our most cherished institutions - including marriage itself.
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Swinging: The Games Your Neighbours Play

By Mark Brendon

ISBN13: 9781906321130

RRP $34.99

Synopsis

Your neighbours are doing it.

Your relatives are doing it.

Even your colleagues are doing it.

(Especially your colleagues.)

But what is swinging?

Despite being an activity enjoyed by millions worldwide (4 million in the US alone), little is known about the enormous subculture that exists.  Turned on to swinging by a chance series of events in his life, author Mark Brendon found it to be stimulating, satisfying and emotionally rewarding, an experience totally at odds with the often cynical and always inaccurate picture presented by the media.

Opening with an orgy scene where a tetchy husband is urging his otherwise-engaged wife to 'hurry up, the babysitter's waiting' this revealing and edifying book is sue to shock some but aims to paint a realistic picture of the relative normality of this style of living.  Filled with case studies, conversations and bon mots Brenson expertly crafts a fascinating book that manages to be an absorbing take on social history and a stimulating work of erotica all rolled into one.

Honest, funny, thoughtful and erotic, the author entertains and enlightens the reader as he describes attending parties held in clubs, on beaches and in private homes throughout Britain and beyond.  He explores why, where and how your neighbours swing, outlines the subculture's history, principles and rules and looks to a future in which swinging might just save some of our most cherished institutions - including marriage itself.

Thoughtful, racy and funny, this fascinating book will appeal to experienced swingers and 'vanillas' alike.

This is the only accurate guide available; a remarkable and fascinating insight into the world of swingers by a skilled and accomplished writer.

About the Author

Mark Brendon is a novelist, columnist and food correspondent.

He ventured tentatively into the world of swinging on leaving rehab for alcohol, and was pleasantly surprised to find it intelligent, congenial, funny, orderly, often very erotic and 'a downright sensible solution to many of the problems in a society where loneliness and frustration are institutionalised and meaningless nineteenth-century conventions still ruin many lives'.

Mark has lived in France, Italy and Ireland, but now works, plays and travels from a rural retreat in the West Country.

Review

This book is a no-holds-barred description of the swinging lifestyle and certainly not for the faint-hearted.  The language may shock some, but given the context, it isn't in any way inappropriate.

If you know nothing about Swinging, this book is guaranteed to be an eye-opener.  Mark's motivation and intention is to clarify what swinging is and what it is not.  His book isn't out to convert the reader's beliefs, but rather to dispell misconceptions.

For those that have considered trying the swinging lifestyle, this book will serve as a guide.  For those that are repulsed by the idea or fundamentally against the suggestion that it could be healthy for any relationship, it provides a great insight into the lifestyle and will reaffirm your own beliefs.

I recommend this book for those that are curious and can keep an open-mind.

 

Reviewed by: Franciska

 

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