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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Revised edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789472651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789472656
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Hooper, a member of the British Association of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, specializes in working with people who have sexual, personal, and emotional problems. A former editor of Forum magazines, Anne was, for six years, the director of the Forum Clinic and the founder of the Women's Sexuality Workshop. Anne has contributed to numerous magazines and has appeared on television on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the author of several books, including Ultimate Sexual Touch, Sexual Intimacy, and Great Sex Games, as well as other many titles for Dorling Kindersley.

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How The Book Works Many people express the opinion that sexuality only has value if it is worked out in private, solely between the two people involved. This, however, is faulty reasoning. Sex therapy, far from creating an artificial edge to the rapport between people, assists men and women in experiencing new thoughts and emotions as well as good physical sensations. Here, I offer assistance to all the thousands of people who choose not to meet a therapist face to face but who nevertheless look forward to resolving their sex problems. If you can make full use of the ideas, training methods, and therapeutic discussion I have gathered over the years, I sincerely hope you will be able to enhance your loving relationship in every way. The Ultimate Sex Book has been compiled to provide you with all the information you need to enhance or improve any sexual relationship. All the areas that are problematical for couples are covered in a similar, easy-to-follow way. Each single question such as "How can I make lovemaking more intimate?" is explored from several angles. For example, in that specific case history, the innermost anxieties and desires that we all may have are communicated safely through the circumstances of one couple in particular. In my assessment of the couple's problem, I explain how emotional intimacy can be fostered, and in the accompanying program I set out a series of simple exercises that encourage physical intimacy. Finally, the program is supplemented by the illustrated exercise that follows it; this provides detailed pictorial instruction of an enjoyable form of touch therapy that will allow you to develop intimate sensual knowledge of each other. The Case Histories Throughout the pages of this book are case histories taken from my files, each specifically illustrating the sexual yearning and ambition every individual possesses but few care to admit to. The lovers on these pages are not struggling with premature ejaculation or inability to experience orgasm, but they do ask simple questions that sometimes lead to profound answers. "How can I achieve a deeper orgasm?" provokes, for example a complicated answer because it concerns stimulating the mind. The people whose problems I have concentrated on here encompass single men and women as well as those in short-term, long-term, and/or conjugal relationships. The age range is wide, too. This only reinforces the truth that disappointment with sexual experiences affects everyone at some time. These seemingly personal cases to in face have implications for us all. I have tried in my assessments to generalize from particular circumstances so that anyone reading the case histories would be able to pick up insights into aspects of their own behavior, and so perhaps be furnished with ways of adjusting that behavior for the better. The Programs Succeeding each case history are the therapy pages, where a sequence of stages" to deal with the problem are outlined. The different stages include techniques involving specific mood training, factual information, and touch maneuvers. In the early pages I deal with issues such as self-esteem and assertion, outlining simple confidence-building exercises for men and women. The connection between confidence and sexuality may not be an obvious, but it does exist. Having the courage to ask for what you want in lovemaking and the language in which to do it tactfully may, for some couples, be the deciding factor in the rise or fall of a relationship. The latter pages help expand imagination by helping partners to explore each other's fantasies and by showing how to focus single-mindedly on expanding sensation and consciousness. In this way, the brink of orgasm and orgasm itself can become spiritual ecstasy. No one, of course, can experience ecstasy to order. But by laying the foundations, you have a greater chance of getting there than by leaving it to chance. Each program is directed toward a particular aspect of sexuality; some deal with mental attitudes, others with physical improvements through mastering specific, proven techniques. Programs may be for individuals or involve a partner. Each program normally involves several stages. This is part of the philosophy and practice of sexual therapy: that improvements happen over time as the result of building on previous experiences. Illustrated Exercises Each program is made up of one or more exercises, which are illustrated methods of lovemaking. I have made certain that techniques are presented in such a way so as to be accessible and helpful to all. The captions and annotations will guide you through the various stages and draw your attention to the finer points of the techniques so that what is shown can be achieved. These illustrated exercises are widely applicable to a variety of situations and, while you will get the most value from the book if you read it through fully, you can, should you prefer, work from it using only the exercises. I have personally seen hundreds of couples rekindle feelings of love while technically carrying out their sex therapy "homework" for me. The facts are that some people need help and instruction even for sex and that therapists, like me, using our expertise and sensitivity, try to give it. From Ultimate Sex, by Anne Hooper. (c) 2001 Anne Hooper used by permission.

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By D. N. Kelly on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We were looking forward to receiving this book. We spent a while browsing the selection available - checking out the reviews of others to try and get an accurate picture. We are a newly married couple in our mid twenties and hoped to get a book we could read through together in bed and that may give us some new ideas. We are neither prudes or perverts but enjoy sex and are open about discussing it.

The book looks nice, its a fair size and presented well. It has non explicit photos and no brash terms. However we really just didnt find anything of worth information wise between the covers. It doesnt go into the slightest of depth about any subject. For example the sections on felatio and cunnilingus are one page each with perhaps two small blocks of text that tell you what the acts are and literally tell you the very basic, patronising instructions. E.g. "To perform felatio you should lick and suck your partners ******".

There are hardly any positions included and those that are featured do not give any detailed descriptions and you must rely on one photo of the "finished article" to work out how its done.

Example again, it will give you the title of the position and then just say " Two birds in flight: So called because this is what the position is said to look like"

It really doesnt give you any ideas, or tell you anything you really know, unless maybe you are totally new to sex.

The first night we got this book we ended up flicking through it quickly to see what was in it, but really had no desire or need to read it again after that.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "rolihlahla82" on May 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book has many helpful tips to better mental, emotional, and (mainly) physical intimacy with your partner. It explains some things (ok many) I never knew and is good at explaining these things with simple explanations and/or pictures. This book is like health class on steriods: the confessionals, anatomical diagrams, sex positions, and aim to inform so to foster more healthy relationships. Oh yeah, this book is also a strong promoter of great sex. Don't just look at pictures, you should also read because the content is remarkable and capable of improving your relationship with your partner and increase your success in the sack. If faint-hearted, remember life is about self-preservation and procreation: this book gives a tasteful account of improving both. That is, your partner will never take your life if you provide the intimacy explained in this book and you will have increased chances of procreation. Wonderful book.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ultimate Sex by Anne Hooper is a wonderful book. Its photos are as intriguing, erotically exciting and informative as the crisp text. While reading and looking through the book I found myself to be both curiously adventurous and also titillated by this provocative tome. And, okay, a little embarrassed at
first. But I didn't let that stop me. Then a bonus, my boyfriend was immediately interested in exploration just from the cover itself. The book was already fun for me, then even more fun as a couple going through it together and trying things out, really good. There are steps that are easy to follow, exciting to try. Though "educational," there was nothing clinical about this straightforward book. It's nice to give one's imagination a bit of a boost. It was enjoyable from beginning to end. I'm
thinking it'll be a nice reference book. I do plan to re-visit, frequently. There were a few things I've yet to discover. A few things that reintroduced me to my own coyness, something that my sophisticated mask was ashamed to admit still existed.

I also had a little secret weapon that got me through my shyness and my embarrassment at being embarrassed. I was publicly reading "Working on Your Relationship Doesn't Work" by Ariel and Shya Kane while privately reading Anne Hooper's "Ultimate Sex" (the photos were a little vivid for my commute on the train).
Through humor and examples from their lives and the lives of others, the Kanes gently guided me to be kind to myself, see and appreciate my relationship with me, relax with my partner and get even comfortable with intimacy. With their wonderful insights I began to know I am doing it right. It simply got easy to laugh with myself, share with my man and enjoy "Ultimate Sex" in every way. So I highly recommend the two books together, the dynamic duo for great sex and magical relationships.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Bryant on January 3, 2004
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If you want to improve your sex life or learn some new tricks, this book is for you. It doesn't matter if you are a virgin or an expert, you will gain some knowledge from this book. The book not only show great pictures, but set the mood with different types of scenarios involving couples. I also liked the fact that this book touched on all types of sex. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will too. Note: This is not a porn book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W.T.F. on August 28, 2004
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We still enjoy the "Joy of Sex" better, although I do like the natural pictures in this book. It provides good ideas for younger persons but less likely for seasoned couples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Pollard on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book gives you a different perspective on the way you and your beloved mate communicate intimately in the bedroom...(or any room, for that matter!) I thoroughly enjoy the new things I have learned, and recommend any couple (because everyone has intimacy difficulty from time to time) to share this book with your partner!
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