The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine

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Holly wears a ring that says True Love Waits and worries because her boyfriend isn’t trying to persuade her otherwise. Then a boy in her English tute invites her to join his book club.

Shocked to find herself at ‘sex club’, plunged into in the classics of erotic literature, Holly soon becomes fascinated: by the strange new world of Eros, by the increasing power she senses in her own body—and by a weird blue glow emanating from the most private part of her self.

But Salter and Nabokov are one thing. When Holly encounters The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman—quickly followed by the infamous orgone generator of Wilhelm Reich—things are set to explode

An amazing literary sci-fi superhero sex romp from Australia’s genre-bending queen of erotica.

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels Steeplechase and Triptych, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. Her latest novel is The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine.

‘Witty and seductive, sexy and funny, with just a hint of the surreal, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine is a book that I can see appealing to many readers new to her work...A riotous romp through the imagination of one of Australia’s most accomplished sex writers.’ Books & Publishing

‘Kneen’s outrageous erotic imagination fuels Holly’s sexcapades but at its molten X-rated core, this explicit novel is a celebration of the lust for literature as much as for physical debauchery.’ Booktopia Buzz

‘In mapping out Holly’s sex machine, Kneen has also mapped out a vivid heroine’s journey: a very sexy sci-fi–erotica hybrid with an inspired, Cronenbergian premise.’ Readings

‘Kneen once again shows her mastery.’ Daily Telegraph

‘A joyful and ambitious mix of science fiction, coming-of-age, adventure story, literary fiction and, of course, erotica. It revels unselfconsciously in bringing these different elements together and is always playful and quirky.’ Australian

The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine isn’t easy to classify...Like a love-child of Barbarella and the Brave New World, it’s a refreshingly confrontational mix of sci-fi surrealism, sexual stirring and erotic honesty.’ Stuff NZ

‘Nobody writes sex like Kneen...her finest book to date.’ QWeekend

‘Krissy Kneen writes about sex with nipple-stiffening zest. Her latest is consistently lewd and amusing.’ Brisbane Times

‘It’s a rare book that seems to drift like smoke away from the printed page to rewrite the physical world...[Kneen] wants us to strip naked and be transformed.’ Melbourne Review of Books

‘A remarkably pleasing read. The conclusion is wildly imaginative and surprisingly satisfying...Kneen encourages the reader to delight in sexuality that is by turns innocent, gleeful, and cheerfully obscene.’ STARRED Review, Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels Steeplechase and Triptych, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. Her latest novel is The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine.

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Publisher
Text Publishing
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Published on
Apr 22, 2015
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781921961557
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Erotica / General
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM protected.
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Krissy Kneen
In this suite of three linked erotic stories, Krissy Kneen takes a frank delight in the project of arousal. Transgressive, sardonic, lyrical, and irresistibly sexy, she addresses taboos of all kinds with warmth and subtle wit.

Pursuing sexual adventure online, Susanna finds a soul mate among the anonymous onanists. But is it possible the mystery man lives in her own building?

Leda's first love brings tenderness, heartbreak and a powerful sexual awakening at the behest of Paul and Rachel, two very different best friends.

Some couples find as time passes they start to become like brother and sister. For Aaron and Katherine, it's more complicated.

Krissy Kneen is a bookseller and writer. She is the author of a short collection of erotica, Swallow the Sound, and a memoir, Affection. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and no pets.

'With nods to Anais Nin and Vladimir Nabokov, Kneen writes with tenderness, joy and delight. Each character is genuinely curious about the possibilities of sexual pleasure. Their sexual lives are woven with humility, desire and transgression...Someone once said the difference between pornography and art is that pornography makes you stop and have sex, while art makes you keep reading. The jury is out with Triptych: it's delightful, courageous and juicy but be warned, it might take you a while to finish.' Big Issue

'Make no mistake: Triptych is pornography (or, if you prefer, erotica) but it's the type Angela Carter must have had in mind when she wrote about the "moral pornographer", someone who fosters acceptance for "a world of absolute sexual licence for all genders, and projects a model of the way such a world might work". Triptych does this not by being didactic or presenting stereotypically "empowering" scenarios, but by showing people joyfully, shamelessly doing things usually labelled as sordid and shameful. Whether reading it helps you get off or just increases your understanding of how others might, a happy ending is guaranteed.' Weekend Australian

'As everyone who has ever tried to do it knows, writing well about sex is difficult to the point of impossibility. But Krissy Kneen, as readers of her first book, Affection, will be aware, is one of the few writers around who seems to be able to manage it...I have great admiration for this book and frankly enjoyed reading it but it's definitely not for the squeamish.' Bendigo Advertiser

'Kneen gets away with it all. Her writing is leisured and quite seductive. And there certainly aren't too many other writers out there who could pull off a book of this nature.' Saturday Age

'If you plan to read only one book in which a woman has sex with a dog, pony and octopus, make it Triptych. Kneen's interconnected erotic stories happily transgress every sexual taboo, but Triptych doesn't just intend to shock. It's also unexpectedly tender, funny, disturbingly relatable and very, very readable.' Benjamin Law

'This is an astounding look at different sorts of love, and Kneen is above all, a sensualist.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Not many self-confessed perverts can write as well as Krissy Kneen. Rave

Krissy Kneen
Second in the Triptych collection: a trio of erotic novellas from the acclaimed author of Affection.

Leda's first love brings tenderness, heartbreak and a powerful sexual awakening at the behest of Paul and Rachel - two very different best friends.

Transgressive, sardonic, lyrical, comic; irresistibly erotic yet also romantic, Krissy Kneen's writing has been acclaimed for its fearless honesty. In the Triptych series of linked stories, she addresses taboos of all kinds with warmth, subtle wit and a delightful insistence on pleasure.

Krissy Kneen is a bookseller and writer. She is the author of a short collection of erotica, Swallow the Sound, and a memoir, Affection. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and no pets. www.furiousvaginas.com

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reviews of Triptych:

'With nods to Anais Nin and Vladimir Nabokov, Kneen writes with tenderness, joy and delight. Each character is genuinely curious about the possibilities of sexual pleasure. Their sexual lives are woven with humility, desire and transgression...Someone once said the difference between pornography and art is that pornography makes you stop and have sex, while art makes you keep reading. The jury is out with Triptych: it's delightful, courageous and juicy but be warned, it might take you a while to finish.' Big Issue

'As everyone who has ever tried to do it knows, writing well about sex is difficult to the point of impossibility. But Krissy Kneen, as readers of her first book, Affection, will be aware, is one of the few writers around who seems to be able to manage it...I have great admiration for this book and frankly enjoyed reading it but it's definitely not for the squeamish.' Bendigo Advertiser

'Kneen gets away with it all. Her writing is leisured and quite seductive. And there certainly aren't too many other writers out there who could pull off a book of this nature.' Saturday Age

Krissy Kneen
In this suite of three linked erotic stories, Krissy Kneen takes a frank delight in the project of arousal. Transgressive, sardonic, lyrical, and irresistibly sexy, she addresses taboos of all kinds with warmth and subtle wit.

Pursuing sexual adventure online, Susanna finds a soul mate among the anonymous onanists. But is it possible the mystery man lives in her own building?

Leda's first love brings tenderness, heartbreak and a powerful sexual awakening at the behest of Paul and Rachel, two very different best friends.

Some couples find as time passes they start to become like brother and sister. For Aaron and Katherine, it's more complicated.

Krissy Kneen is a bookseller and writer. She is the author of a short collection of erotica, Swallow the Sound, and a memoir, Affection. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and no pets.

'With nods to Anais Nin and Vladimir Nabokov, Kneen writes with tenderness, joy and delight. Each character is genuinely curious about the possibilities of sexual pleasure. Their sexual lives are woven with humility, desire and transgression...Someone once said the difference between pornography and art is that pornography makes you stop and have sex, while art makes you keep reading. The jury is out with Triptych: it's delightful, courageous and juicy but be warned, it might take you a while to finish.' Big Issue

'Make no mistake: Triptych is pornography (or, if you prefer, erotica) but it's the type Angela Carter must have had in mind when she wrote about the "moral pornographer", someone who fosters acceptance for "a world of absolute sexual licence for all genders, and projects a model of the way such a world might work". Triptych does this not by being didactic or presenting stereotypically "empowering" scenarios, but by showing people joyfully, shamelessly doing things usually labelled as sordid and shameful. Whether reading it helps you get off or just increases your understanding of how others might, a happy ending is guaranteed.' Weekend Australian

'As everyone who has ever tried to do it knows, writing well about sex is difficult to the point of impossibility. But Krissy Kneen, as readers of her first book, Affection, will be aware, is one of the few writers around who seems to be able to manage it...I have great admiration for this book and frankly enjoyed reading it but it's definitely not for the squeamish.' Bendigo Advertiser

'Kneen gets away with it all. Her writing is leisured and quite seductive. And there certainly aren't too many other writers out there who could pull off a book of this nature.' Saturday Age

'If you plan to read only one book in which a woman has sex with a dog, pony and octopus, make it Triptych. Kneen's interconnected erotic stories happily transgress every sexual taboo, but Triptych doesn't just intend to shock. It's also unexpectedly tender, funny, disturbingly relatable and very, very readable.' Benjamin Law

'This is an astounding look at different sorts of love, and Kneen is above all, a sensualist.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Not many self-confessed perverts can write as well as Krissy Kneen. Rave

Krissy Kneen
Bec Reich is recovering from surgery when Emily calls, so naturally she thinks she is hallucinating. Emily, famous worldwide for her paintings, and also for her schizophrenia, lives in Beijing. But that's not why she hasn't spoken to Bec for so many years. And now she wants Bec to come to China for the opening of her new show.

Which would mean revisiting the sinister games and shared delusions of their strange, locked-in childhood. It would mean a risk of hurt; even damage. Or worse.

Krissy Kneen is a bookseller and writer in Brisbane. Her memoir, Affection, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and the ABIA Award in 2010. Krissy is also the author of the erotic adventure, Triptych, which was published in 2011. Steeplechase is her first non-erotic novel.

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'Steeplechase is both disturbing and mesmerising. This is writing that displays incredible emotional depth. Krissy Kneen is an author who writes with generosity and truth.' Favel Parrett

'Kneen has a rare gift for constructing the most exquisite architectures of narrative and meaning from simple and elegant prose.' John Birmingham

'Krissy Kneen's deceptively simple prose careens towards a startling and horrifying denouement; her talent for strikingly vibrant imagery shines...Steeplechase is a departure for Kneen, who is best known for her erotic writing. This novel will appeal to a broader audience, while her fans will continue to relish Kneen's vivid imagery and fearless prose.' Australian Bookseller & Publisher

'A densely plotted and compelling tale...Kneen is adept at defusing tension with scenes of Beijing life and with the homely affection of Bec's reluctant affair, but as the novel nears its revelatory and satisfying climax she cuts more and more rapidly and with absolutely assurance between past and present, never losing the reader but ramping up tension and expectation until the book is impossible to put down....Kneen's first real fiction is an accomplished work that will not easily be forgotten.' Adelaide Advertiser

'A compelling tale with a brilliant climax...This thought-provoking tale touches on obsession, adulation, artistic genius, student-tacher affairs, guilt, inferiority, love and mental illness...This is a hypnotic, powerful, stirring tale: Kneen is a writer to look out for.' BookMooch.com

'The voice is strong, the writing vivid, the prose disarmingly frank, uncluttered and easily propels the reader along...Conversational exchanges are convincing, creating high-resolution snapshots of scene and people. Verdict: Lyrical, persuasive and intriguing.' Courier Mail

Krissy Kneen
Second in the Triptych collection: a trio of erotic novellas from the acclaimed author of Affection.

Leda's first love brings tenderness, heartbreak and a powerful sexual awakening at the behest of Paul and Rachel - two very different best friends.

Transgressive, sardonic, lyrical, comic; irresistibly erotic yet also romantic, Krissy Kneen's writing has been acclaimed for its fearless honesty. In the Triptych series of linked stories, she addresses taboos of all kinds with warmth, subtle wit and a delightful insistence on pleasure.

Krissy Kneen is a bookseller and writer. She is the author of a short collection of erotica, Swallow the Sound, and a memoir, Affection. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and no pets. www.furiousvaginas.com

textpublishing.com.au

reviews of Triptych:

'With nods to Anais Nin and Vladimir Nabokov, Kneen writes with tenderness, joy and delight. Each character is genuinely curious about the possibilities of sexual pleasure. Their sexual lives are woven with humility, desire and transgression...Someone once said the difference between pornography and art is that pornography makes you stop and have sex, while art makes you keep reading. The jury is out with Triptych: it's delightful, courageous and juicy but be warned, it might take you a while to finish.' Big Issue

'As everyone who has ever tried to do it knows, writing well about sex is difficult to the point of impossibility. But Krissy Kneen, as readers of her first book, Affection, will be aware, is one of the few writers around who seems to be able to manage it...I have great admiration for this book and frankly enjoyed reading it but it's definitely not for the squeamish.' Bendigo Advertiser

'Kneen gets away with it all. Her writing is leisured and quite seductive. And there certainly aren't too many other writers out there who could pull off a book of this nature.' Saturday Age

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