On the road again – with Marilyn

Well, I’m back on the book tour road, and full of good intentions for keeping up this blog.

Chastened was released in French last month – under an English title, No more sex in the city – which gave rise to plenty of ‘only in France’ moments.

Chastened à ParisIn what other country would a national broadsheet enquire about an author’s ‘fantasmes sexuels’? Likewise, where else on earth would a two-hour radio show, hosted by a former porn star and tackling such subjects as the geography of the vagina, air daily not at midnight but at midday? (Then again, aren’t the French meant to know all that stuff? Can they really need two hours of tuition each day?)

One character who featured large, though I never actually got to meet her, was my excellent publicist Silvana’s Italian aunt. Her views on romance, men and marriage (she’s now on her third) may sound shockingly un-PC to the Anglo-Saxon ear, but conveyed in French, they carried an irresistible authority. I might just have to share some of them in a separate post. Travels with my publicist’s aunt?

This all gives the June 24th launch of the US edition quite a bit to live up to, but it seems a happy sign that sat behind me on the flight to New York was a pretty convincing Marilyn Monroe look-alike. It’s Marilyn’s words that I borrow for Chapter Four’s epigram:

It’s a woman’s spirit and mood a man has to stimulate in order to make sex interesting. The real lover is the man who can thrill you by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

I think Silvana’s aunt would agree, though she’d insist that not even a real lover should be allowed to get away with splitting the check.


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4 responses to “On the road again – with Marilyn

  1. Andrew semkiw

    You’re a wonderful writer and downright gorgeous. I am more than surprised you aren’t married yet. There was just an aura of sophistication around you on your interview of the Colbert Report and that is just a beautiful thing. Any response from you would just make my day everyday. Goodbye lovely

  2. Hala


    Great interview on the Colbert Report tonight. I could not find an email for you, but I wanted to ask you who made/ where you found the awesome red shoes that you wore on the show. Not the point of the interview, I realize, but I know where to find your book (which I will do). The shoes, however, elude me.

    Also, from one unique-named girl to another, spectacular name.


    • Hephzibah Anderson

      Hey Hala (great name, btw). I just shared your comment with some friends and we all love it! The shoes are Marc Jacobs – massively discounted and bought last year, when I think they must already have been leftovers from several seasons ago. Glad they got noticed – not the point of the interview, agreed, but maybe not quite as wildly off-topic as you’d imagine. A big chunk of one of the book’s early chapters is actually about precisely that: shoes. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and sorry not to be more helpful – always the most annoying response, when the dress/top/heels you’ve been admiring turn out to be so old they’re off the market! Hephzibah

      • Hala

        Sigh. I will console myself by reading about them instead. Thanks for the response, and best of luck to you!


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