Confessions Of A Naughty Paperback Reader

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The Confessions… novels were mainstays of bookshops and newsagents throughout the 1970s, their mix of broad comedy and mild titillation proving irrestistable for the sort of people who were disinterested in ‘proper’literature. In fact, the Confessions… books were very much the sexy equivalent of the Skinhead novels – populist pulp fiction for the masses.

The series spawned five films – four from the main series plus Rosie Dixon Night Nurse – and went through two authors. both Timothy Lea and Rosie Dixon were actually Christopher Wood, who also wrote the screenplay for The Spy Who Loved Me. When he left the main series, Lea was replaced – as author and character – by Jonathan May – who was, in fact Laurence James, a prolific writer who also wrote (as James Darke) The Witches series that you can read about in our book Satan Superstar.

These books have been long out of print, and the likelihood of someone making another film is slim (though they’d actually make a great TV series) in the current climate. But they are well worth picking up if you ever come across them.