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Respected authors dish out smut


In Bed With A group of established and respected bestselling British women have banned together to write a collection of erotic short stories appropriately titled In Bed With.

The group of 20 authors include Fey Weldon, Joanne Harris, Daisy Waugh, Joan Smith, Louise Doughty and Rachel Johnson but all of the stories are published anonymously with each author giving herself a pen name, supposedly created by combining the name of their first pet with the first street they lived on. Some of the names they came up with included Minxy Malone, Tutty Monmouth and Minty Mountjoie.

The Times atempts to get to the bottom of who wrote what in their piece:

[Kathy] Lette refused to confirm or deny which story she wrote. “I would luv to help but would have to hand in my ovaries,” she emailed.

Doughty, a novelist and former Booker prize judge, confessed that her story is set abroad (which narrows it down to three) and that her style is a form of literary homage. “Mine is also not that explicit,” she said. “I did, though, find it both a challenge to write and very freeing.” Johnson, whose most recent novel is Notting Hell, revealed that “not even my husband knows which one I did. Although when I told him I’d contributed, he said, ‘Why on earth did they ask you to help as you don’t know anything about sex’.”

Johnson said she would “love to help you identify my story. But my hands are tied while a very big man is doing something unmentionable to me”.

Not everybody was willing to talk, even circuitously. “Sorry, Fay [Weldon] will not come to the phone,” said Nick Fox, her protective husband.

Lest the debate gets too high-minded, Lette revealed: “I’m calling us the cliterati.”

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