Fifty Shades of Grey: THE ultimate guide to mommy porn by sexpert Tracey Cox

EXCLUSIVE: Loved Fifty Shades of Grey Sexpert Tracey Cox brings you THE ultimate guide to 'mummy porn' with her definitive steamy reading list

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18:06 GMT, 20 June 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey was a runaway success, sparking a boom in so-callde 'mummy porn'

Fifty Shades of Grey was a runaway success, sparking a boom in so-callde 'mummy porn'

The blockbuster success of Fifty Shades of Grey has opened the doors for erotic fiction – and sparked a boom in so-called 'mummy porn'.

The temperature-raising trilogy by British writer EL James has sold more than half a million copies in the UK alone – and topped the New York bestsellers list.

James, a mother of two from west London, currently holds the top three spots in the prestigious Sunday Times bestsellers for paperback fiction and has sold an estimated ten million copies worldwide.

The plot explored the relationship between submissive graduate Anastasia Steele and manipulative billionaire Christian Grey who wants to dominate her in his 'red room of pain'.

Experts believe her success has dragged erotic fiction, once the domain of the backstreet bookstore only, firmly into the mainstream.

Matthew Curry, of Britain's biggest online sex toy retailer Lovehoney.co.uk, explained: 'Fifty Shades of Grey, and its sequels, which describe a wide number of sexual activities in quite some detail, have piqued the interest of UK readers who want to push their bedroom play further.

‘Not only has Lovehoney seen nearly a 400 per cent increase in sales of erotic fiction, but an increase in the sales of blindfolds, restraints, and intimately revealing lingerie as turned-on couples recreate some of the book's steamy chapters.'

Relationship expert Tracey Cox, who has her own range of bestselling sex books, said: ‘The rise of ebooks means more privacy. Fans can now feel comfortable reading on the train, the Tube and on the beach.'

'People can read anything on a Kindle and no one has a clue what you're up to. We’ve come a long way since Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which is still fantastic by the way.'

Surprise hit: Author E L James, a mother of two from west London, says she wrote the erotic trilogy to 'give women a holiday from their husbands'

Surprise hit: Author E L James, a mother of two from west London, says she wrote the erotic trilogy to 'give women a holiday from their husbands'

TRACEY COX'S MUST READ GUIDE TO MUMMY PORN

Relationship expert Tracey Cox says erotic fiction is the ideal way to fuel your fantasies

Relationship expert Tracey Cox says erotic fiction is the ideal way to fuel your fantasies

Story of O by Pauline Reage
First published in 1954, Story of O
has become the cult erotic bestseller. Before Reage revealed her
identity – and the fact she had written the book to impress a lover –
critics thought her book was written by a man because of its extreme
themes. O, whose full name we never learn, is a beautiful photographer
who voluntarily undertakes a life of submission at the hands of her
lover. Perennial bestseller.

Erotica rating: 10 out of 10

Tracey says: ‘This is my favourite
erotic read. Erotic fiction can teach you lessons about sex if you’re
not into self-help books. Story of O shows that good sex isn’t just
about all roads lead to intercourse.’

In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa
You’ve got male! Shy librarian
Gwendolyne Price received indecent proposals and sexy stories in her
email inbox. Tailored to her fantasies, she enters into a tantalizing
email relationship with a man she has never met. Former librarian and
local government worker Da Costa, from West Yorkshire, is a bestselling
erotic writer whose 20 novels and countless short stories have been
translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian and Japanese.
She describes herself as a cat lover.

Erotica rating: 7 out of 10

Tracey says: ‘Mousey women who are
transformed into sirens is a common theme in female literature because
it appeals to people who aren’t obviously sexual. It’s reassuring to
read about women who are really sexual but don't necessarily all look
like Kelly Brook.’

Cassandra’s Conflict by Fredrica Alleyn
This was the first ever novel from
erotic fiction publisher Black Lace and was reprinted five times in its
first year. Heroine Cassandra’s life is transformed when she is employed
as a governess in Hampstead to the children of ‘The Baron’. Since its
publication 19 years ago, Alleyn has written another seven erotic
classics. Cassandra returned in 1994 in follow-up, Cassandra’s Chateau.

Erotica rating: 7 out of 10

Tracey says: ‘The fantasy here is all
about power play, the basis of lots of good erotic fiction. Many women
still feel guilty about sex but if someone has power over you it makes
it okay – it gives you permission. You have to give into it.'

The Initiation of Ms Holly by K D Grace
Sex with a mysterious stranger on a
train initiates the innocent Rita Holly into the secretive and sexy
world of the Mount Club where deviant rituals await. Author K D Grace
describes herself as ‘passionate about nature, writing and sex – but not
necessarily in that order’, and enjoys Chinese martial arts. Readers
have been badgering her for a sequel since its publication.

Erotica rating: 9 out of 10

Tracey says: ‘Again, this is all about
forbidden sex. Erotic fiction teaches that it’s fine to have fantasies,
it doesn’t matter if your fantasy’s not ‘nice’ and about sex on a beach
with your husband. It can be as erotic and naughty as you like.’


Slippery When Wet by Penny Birch
Another erotic classic featuring
naughty academics and sexy society girls, heroines Gabrielle, Poppy and
Sabrina visit an S&M boot camp run by the poisonous Mistress Kimiko –
in Wales. Throw in the mysterious ‘Master’ and the tables are set for
another romp from the prolific Birch. Asked by an interviewer if she had
done all the things she described, she replied: ‘It just wouldn’t be
possible – I have done most of it though.’

Erotica rating: 9 out of 10
Tracey says: ‘Again, this is about
relinquishing control. It appeals to women because if you’re being
bossed about and have no say, you have to give in to your sexual side.’

City Maid by Amelia Evangeline
Set in Victorian London, Eleanor is an
innocent country girl whose life in service becomes a challenge beyond
words – to put it one way.
Downton Abbey it ain’t. When her
mistress is forced to give up her lover, the newly liberated Eleanor is
determined to take her place.
Readers have praised Evangeline for her ‘well written historical erotica’.

Erotica rating: 8 out of 10
Tracey says: ‘Same sex fantasies for
women still rate as the first or the second in nearly all fantasy lists.
Women – and men – love to fantasize about girl on girl.’

The Apprentice by Carrie Williams
Thankfully, Sir Alan Sugar doesn’t
make an appearance in this tale of lesbian lust and submission. Aspiring
writer Genevieve Carter secures a job as PA to her novelist-heroine
Anne Tournier. Suffice to say Anne expects a lot more from her assistant
than was implied in the advert.
And if she doesn’t comply, she’s
fired! Don’t be taken in by the cover, which looks like any old chick
lit, the contents are a million times more risqu.

Erotica rating: 9 out of 10
Tracey says: ‘More power play and the
fact that it’s a lesbian relationship gives it an added frisson. If you
know someone else’s body as well as you know your own you’re going to
have a fantastic time in bed.’

One Breath At A Time by Gwen Masters

A traditional story of girl loses boy,
girl meets new boy, falls in love with him, then, er, embarks on a
compelling journey through dominance and submission. Praised for its
humour as well as its realism by readers.

Erotica rating: 7 out of 10
Tracey says: ‘Pleasure and pain have
always been linked – especially in erotic literature. In the animal
world, aggression is quite commonly linked to sex.’

The Business of Pleasure by Justine Elyot
Another boardroom bonkbuster involving
a shadowy organization and a series of wild set pieces including
banquets, mansions full of pleasure slaves and an enthusiastic and
adventurous heroine, Charlotte. Elyot is renowned for the kinkiness of
her stories.

Erotica rating: 7 out of 10

Tracey says: ‘All these books are
about doing something you’re not meant to. We all get stuck in a routine
in our relationships so these can give you ideas about new things to
try with your partner. They're also great for turning yourself on.
Reading a sexy book before your partner comes home – or reading bits out
loud to each other – is a great way to ensure you're in the mood for
sex.’

Over the Knee by Fiona Locke
Described by the author as a ‘semi
autobiographical account’ of her fantasies and experiences in the
spanking scene, Over the Knee is a story about a woman addicted to the
pleasures of spanking. Locke, who describes herself as a fully qualified
and active participant in the S&M scene, explains: ‘Whether you're
into school caning, erotic spanking or Victorian birching, there's
something here for you.’

Erotica rating: 8 out of 10

Tracey says: ‘Spanking is one of those
things that has gone very much from what only ‘kinky’ people did to
becoming the norm. Most couple have tried it. It’s books like this which
have made it mainstream.’

Tracey has her own range of sex toys at www.lovehoney.co.uk – Britaiin's biggest online sex toy retailer.