How very british!

Found on IC – a link to a radio programme about Story of O, an Interview with Pauline Reague

Writer and former editor of The Erotic Review, Rowan Pelling, goes in search of Pauline Reage, pseudonymous author of the pornographic novel The Story of O, which caused a sensation upon its publication in Paris in 1954.

Written with an almost hallucinatory erotic intensity in spare, elegant prose, the purity of the writing took the literary world in France by storm despite the explicit scenes of bondage and sadomasochism.

Rowan goes in search of the real Pauline Reage and discovers that she was, in fact, an impeccably dressed, demure intellectual, and that she had written the novel as a love letter for her lover.

The link to the radio clip is here – available for 5 days – might only work if you’re in the UK.


This girl got bored of the programme it was so ‘radio 4’, but if you’re a fan of O you might like it.

2 thoughts on “How very british!

  1. Hello This Girl,

    Many thanks for sharing this link to me and all your readers of your blog.

    I listened to the entire 30 minute voice recording and found it extremely interesting!

    I especially enjoyed listening to Dominique Aury’s (Pauline Reage) real voice during the interview.

    Anna Rose

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