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First Time: True Tales of Virginity Lost and Found (Including My Own) Paperback – May 1, 2011

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'A mass observation project for the internet generation.' -- Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times 'Britain's virginity is explored in breathtakingly intimate detail but also with incredible tact and diplomacy.' -- Meredith Jaffe, Hoopla 'A revealing insight into modern sexuality.' -- Tatler 'The book is incredibly rich in its insights and observations on human sexuality and the recognition of how we become sexual ... masterful, lovely, and absolutely thrilling.' -- Bookish Owl 'Monro's book is clearly one of the best volumes written to date on virginity and how precisely we define virginity (and, of course, its loss)...A masterful, lovely, and absolutely thrilling book.' -- Jonathan A. Allen, Teach Me Tonight 'An often-touching insight into one of the most intimate and rarely discussed events in a human being's life.' -- Irish Independent

About the Author

Kate Monro's career has taken in spells with the rock band Blur, with the publishing mavericks Dazed & Confused, marketing & PR agency, Cunning and most recently, creative advertising agency RKCR.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848312407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848312401
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,438,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Kate Monro picks up where Nancy Friday left off with wit and wisdom ...' Em & Lo,

Kate Monro was born the daughter of a diplomat on a farm in Yorkshire. An unremarkable education preceded a career that has taken in spells with the rock band Blur, with publishing mavericks Dazed & Confused, experiential agency Cunning and more recently creative agency RKCR Y&R. Whilst feeling that she had achieved her ambition to work for companies with odd names, it wasn't until she completed a copy writing course, that she discovered a love of words and editing text.

A light bulb moment on El Matador beach followed and as a result, she set out to ask men and women to reveal their most intimate truth - their virginity loss stories. The response was overwhelming and the result is a groundbreaking and very personal insight into the beating heart of modern sexuality.

An enthusiastic and articulate speaker on her subject she has also caught the media's attention via her blog, 'The Virginity Project'. Writing about her unusual journey as she interviews strangers about their sex lives, she is regularly asked to contribute on virginity related issues in the media. As a result, 'The Virginity Project' blog now receives virginity loss stories from all over the world.

'Losing It: How we popped our cherry over the last 80 years' is Kate Monro's first book. Upon completion, she plans to take herself and her interviewing skills to the USA in a bid to meet Americans everywhere and ask them the question, 'So, how did you lose yours?'

In October 2011, the book became a play at The Tristan Bates Theatre in London's Covent Garden.

Kate also blogs about canine/man related issues at:

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Tripp on March 10, 2015
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Tried to present stories as universal truths, without statistical proof
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