Fifty Shades of Grey, the new sensation from the USA, is taking the book trade by storm – despite perhaps the worst recession in living memory as far as this volatile industry is concerned.
This extraordinary bestseller, which has brought back pornography to a stature hitherto unknown in recent years and given it great prominence and a crude respectability, is encouraging publishers to worship at the altar of this new craze by seeking to publish a genre of sexual deviation aimed at women to rescue the book industry from a deathly decline.
Quartet, always an innovator since its founding fathers published The Joy of Sex at a time when the Establishment was too shy and rather apprehensive to engage in such risky ventures, has continued its policiy to publish and be damned.
Late last year we published Arabian Tales by Khalid Kishtainy, a cheeky Iraqi author and journalist whose wit and humorous approach to pornography make his book a must read for all those who believe that sex is the lifeblood of our existence and should be treated with a measure of artistic reverence, as it reflects human behaviour in its raw form.
However, a lack of publicity has not helped the book since reviewers cringe when it comes to sex – unless it is acknowledged by a hysterical majority of readers who are carried away by a hype surge, which engulfs their senses and renders them easy prey.
Read Arabian Tales and judge for yourself.