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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Revised edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307587789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587787
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Answers questions no one had in 1972 . . . this time through the eyes of women, too.”
New York Times

“There’s something to celebrate about the enduring life of so seminal a piece of educational literature.” —NPR

“[Succeeds] in bringing The Joy of Sex up to current standards.”
The New Yorker

“An old book now has a lot of new tricks.”
Men’s Health

“A bellwether of human sexuality for decades . . . the new version is better.”
Washington Post

“Witty, fanciful, and mercifully free of moralizing.”
Time

“An intelligent sex manual that is serious without being solemn.”
—Desmond Morris, author of People Watching and The Human Sexes: The Natural History of a Man and a Woman


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

DR. ALEX COMFORT was one of the world’s leading experts in the field of human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the twentieth century. He died in March 2000 at the age of eighty.

SUSAN QUILLIAM is a relationship psychologist and an advice columnist. She writes, broadcasts, and presents internationally on topics surrounding love and sexuality.

More About the Author

Who am I? Born in Liverpool, England, I trained in psychology,
teaching and counselling. Pretty soon, I realised that what
underpinned all these activities - and what really motivates me - is
the single goal of helping people have the best relationships they
can possibly have.

So for the past 30-something years I've been doing just that through
my books!

I'm delighted to now be published in 33 countries and 24 languages,
to have sold over 1 million copies of my work, and to have had my
writing recognised by being designated one of the British Family
Planning Association's 21st Century Achievers.

I also love supporting clients to have good relationships through my
coaching services; by writing advice columns for several British
websites and magazines; by consulting to major relationship charities
and organisations and by serving on the Editorial Committee of the
global Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health. I am an
associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the College of
Sexual and Relationship Therapists, and resident psychologist to the
Sexual Advice Association.

I also know that dreams come true. Because I once said to a friend
that my dream would be to update the Joy of Sex for the 21st century.
Guess what? Seven years ago I was asked by the Joy of Sex estate to
do just that. The project was a total privilege and pleasure, the
result won Publication of the Year at the Erotic Awards 2010, and it
remains my favourite book to date.

If you'd like to know what else I do; to read my qualifications,
credentials and affiliations; to ask me a question, or to discuss
working together, please do get in touch through my website
www.susanquilliam.com. I'd love to hear from you.

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Very good read, informative and educational !!
kathleen a. viertbauer
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for new ideas.
P. Collagan
The only book missing was my original 1972 version.
Jeanne C. Walker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne C. Walker on June 18, 2010
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I owned a copy the original version of "The Joy of Sex." It worked fine for me then. Recently I moved and found the box I had packed it in had broken open. The only book missing was my original 1972 version. Explain that as you will.

I replaced it with "The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition." What an eye-opener in more ways than one: New pictures, actual photographs in addition to the drawings; new language and new topics -- not discussed and indeed not thought of in the original; and this time it includes my female perspective, not just his.

Joy Then has become more enlightening, more usable, and more fun in Joy Now.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia M. Hubbard on January 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read the first Joy of Sex illegally. I was only twelve and very curious. At a usually romp around the library where I hung out to read romance novels I stumbled into an unmanned resource room and found the book. I found a corner and in five hours I was schooled between the pages in what would be a life changing experience.

I distinctly remember the pictures of women with leg and arm hair and men with back hair. The majority of the pictures of people were all in one race. Yet I looked past all that and read the words that filled my head with knowledge about something my parents or friends knew nothing about.

At that time, I remember, the book didn't mention much about safe sex. I think there was just a little about it there compared to this version where it's not only spoken about for a while but often mentioned throughout the book.

Things have changed and the new Joy of Sex is wonderful.

The new Joy of Sex (revised by a woman - thank the lawd!) brings sex into the twenty-first century the way it should be. With women becoming equaller (I know that's not a word) out the bed, we still crave that take me, thrill me, please me. But we also love that take charge.

We want it all.

I was pleased by the new illustrations and photos, plus the detailed descriptions. This book would make a wonderful anniversary gift and a great new nuptial gift for all couples.

Sylvia Hubbard, Blogger of How to Love A Black Woman
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Ercolino on June 6, 2010
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This is something that your library should not be missing. Updated graphics from the previous editions are welcome touches and are a very healthy aid to keep your love life alive; even when things seem like they can't get any better in that department!

If things are stale or non-existent, this must-have reference will be a welcome revitalization in any relationship, new or old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Oliver on October 8, 2009
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since the original by Dr. Alex Comfort, was published in 1972, it has been reprinted many times. It was overdue for an
update and Susan Quilliam has done an excellent job. In the ensuing 37 years many things have changed and needed discussion, not the least in sexually transmitted diseases.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve S., MD on January 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Modern, couple oriented, tasteful. Start at the beginning, read it individually and then share it together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KHuge on March 22, 2013
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I find the book quite thorough and informative about heterosexual matters. However, it doesn't always excel at describing some of the newfangled positions (or oldfangled, depending on your experience). For instance, when describing a seated position, what does it mean when both are seated facing each other "both leaning away with their weight on their hands"? If it's what I think it is, it would appear to me as being awfully difficult to maintain a connection regardless of what shape you're in. How about some pictures in this and similar instances?
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dad82 on December 2, 2010
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There is not much to say about this book that most don't already know.

This book will teach you all the basic things that you thought you knew but finally admitted that maybe you weren't all that and got this book to find out the truth. And then you became a better lover.

If you want to improve your sex life, start and finish and understand this book before you even consider moving on to anything else. Without actually learning these fundamentals, you're missing out on a lot.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucille P. Garcia-Pages on February 15, 2009
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I find this revised version focused on the woman's point of view. The man's needs are also discussed. The thick paper sdds substance to the book. The drawing and and pictures added senuality not pornography.
As an older person, I found it lacking in suggestions for couples with erectile dysfunction issues.
Overall a very sophisticated book that is easy to read.
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