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The Passion of Mademoiselle S.

The Passion of Mademoiselle S.: Letters to a Lover

Jean-Yves Berthault

Translated by Adriana Hunter

Paris, 1928: two lovers are conducting a secret and deeply erotic affair.

Charles is a married man with a respectable office job when he embarks on a journey of wild sexual discovery with Simone, whose voracious appetite for the erotic is not confined to the bedroom, but is poured into the illicit letters she writes to him over the course of two years.

This extraordinary collection of letters, found in a dusty cellar decades later, reveals not just a carnal relationship but an obsessive and destructive love that pushed the boundaries and was, in many ways, ahead of its time.

The Passion of Mademoiselle S. paints a vivid portrait of a violently passionate love affair that evolves in astounding and unexpected ways. Framed by illuminating insights from its discoverer, Jean-Yves Berthault, this correspondence opens a window on another time and an exceptional woman whose voice echoes down the century and still resonates today. 

Jean-Yves Berthault
About the Author

Jean-Yves Berthault is a French diplomat who has worked around the world. Now retired from the foreign service, he has spent the past two years doing research and preparing these letters for publication. He lives in Paris.

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27 January 2016
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‘The letters read like the book many of us hoped Fifty Shades of Grey might be: edgy, emotionally revealing and unafraid. It also offers far richer human narrative without the creepy power dynamics that make EL James’s phenomenally successful series uncomfortable in all the wrong ways.’

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  • The Passion of Mademoiselle S.
    ISBN: 9781922253262
    27 January 2016
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