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Bound & Flogged

This week's best in literature from the most titillating new sex books, comics and art tomes

SEX BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Boudoir Bible – Betony Vernon

Betony Vernon’s comprehensive guide dismantles taboos of sex, and ultimately, pleasure. Those newly enlightened in the wake of Fifty Shades, will find the Boudoir Bible an uninhibited guide, moving swiftly from the basics (see section, “Just Use Your Fingers!”) to a how-to in rope bondage. Delicate drawings by acclaimed fashion illustrator François Berthoud add another dimension to sections like “Instruments for Erotic Flagellation”. This bible deserves a place in everyone’s bedside drawer.


In the introduction to Mars Attacks, Len Brown, the co-creator of the cult science fiction trading cards series from Topps, explains how the series celebrates science fiction inspired by his childhood dreams. The book takes us on a visionary journey – the pages are full of eccentric and subversive never-before-seen sketches and original drawings. This rare gem is exactly what Sci-fi should be about – each page is bizarre, edgy and beautiful.

ART PAPER OF THE WEEK: Symbol, Paper for New Art

Edited by our contributor Amy Knight, Symbol is the latest independent art paper to satisfy our addiction for sublime graphics and photography. Curating the work of emerging international artists, the last issue introduced cyber-sharp computer-generated works from the likes of Matthew Johnstone, Kate Steciw and Oliver Laric among others. Look out for issue 3 featuring Travess Smalley and Gabriele Beveridge.

ART TOME OF THE WEEK: Eames - Beautiful Details

This enormous and extensive monograph presents the diverse interdisciplinary works of husband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames, from their iconic furniture to architecture, textile, product, toy and graphic design, film and photography. Inspired by Charles Eames carefully curated slideshows, the images chronicle a shared lifetime of design, in all its ‘beautiful details.’