BOOK REVIEW – TIM FOUNTAIN – RUDE BRITANNIA 2008 Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Fountain is no stranger to human sexuality, as he considers himself a sex addict, and even performs plays based on his personal gay adventures – he is also the creator of Puppetry Of The Penis. In Rude Britannia, he travels around Britain to find out whether others have wild sexual adventures and discovers that the answer is very much yes.
Told with considerable honesty and a great sense of humour, Fountain’s odyssey actually shocks him, as he meets eccentrics who keep a house full of real life and life-sized sex dolls, a rich couple who run their own dominatrix pony-people club, a scary golden showers group who won’t let him visit the toilet without wanting to watch him go, a group of ladies flying to Egypt in search of lovers, and learns about doggers, the people who like to have sex in public places.
Considering his own sexual candidness, Fountain can’t get away from many of his interviewees fast enough, and finds others just dull, though he has genuine affection for many people and places too.
There is also his tendency to use real peoples names and whereabouts. His visit to Manchester took him to many places I know and refers to some persona friends, though he is never impolite or rude about them.
Interestingly he seems alienated even from the audience he meets at a staging of his own Puppetry Of The Penis shows but goes on to show how the internet has largely changed how the Brits find sexual partners with like-minded though often extreme interests, while many maintain their sense of class and social status, so a fetish fair he visits looks like a surreal vicarage tea party with sex toys on display instead of prize winning tomatoes.
A fascinating laugh out funny book that makes the reader wonder what the author would think of what they get up to in bed too.
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