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Fiction with sex or sexuality as a major theme

A Listmania! list by Graham Worthington (Toronto, Canada)
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Wake of the Raven
1.  Wake of the Raven by Graham Worthington
The list author says:
  "My own work, Pub 2007. An intense look at the bond between a man and a preteen girl in his care. When the bond becomes sexual, fear of the consequence drives him to murder."
CDN$ 19.32
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Zorn: A Legend of the Days to Come
2.  Zorn: A Legend of the Days to Come by Graham Worthington
The list author says:
  "My second novel. Drastic social changes make bisexuality the favoured norm in 2035, when Zorn, on holiday in France, seeks romance but finds instead love that involves a rite of passage"
CDN$ 15.37   Used & New from: CDN$ 13.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Running with Scissors: A Memoir
3.  Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
The list author says:
  "Pub. 2002. An account of the author's boyhood in a sexually liberated family of the seventies. Criticised as too fantastical to believe; having seen a few true goings on, I think it’s accurate."
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The Kite Runner
4.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "Pub. 2004, In Afghanistan, the guilt of a homosexual rape reveals ancient themes: the power of friendship, and the clash between good and evil that transcends passing governments such as the Taliban."
CDN$ 15.16   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

Brokeback Mountain: Now a Major Motion Picture
5.  Brokeback Mountain: Now a Major Motion Picture by Annie Proulx
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1998, this short story of tragic but irresistible love between two cowboys formed the nucleus of the ground-breaking film version of 2005."
CDN$ 11.69   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Flowers in the Attic
6.  Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1979, the first of a wildly popular series about a family of incestuous children. Perhaps a bit tame by today’s standards, or perhaps still a shocker?"
CDN$ 11.55   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

Delta Of Venus
7.  Delta Of Venus by Anaïs Nin
The list author says:
  ""Pub. 1978. Anais Nin has been described as the greatest female author of erotica, and wrote this collection of short stories as a commission for a private collector.""
CDN$ 11.64   Used & New from: CDN$ 2.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

The Left Hand of Darkness
8.  The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The list author says:
  "Pub. ‘69, a Sci-fi classic years ahead of its time, with alien’s changing sex in response to the gender of potential partners. As usual with Le Guin, people are more important than technology."
CDN$ 12.27   Used & New from: CDN$ 6.59
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
9.  Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Graham Greene
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1969. Greene, known for his bitter and melancholy novels, here examined the liberalism and joy of the sixties. A hilarious comedy of an elderly man’s discovery of his sexually disreputable aunt."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Portnoy's Complaint
10.  Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1969. Philip Roth's possibly autobiographical story of a man whose sexual impulses war with his purer feelings"
CDN$ 13.68   Used & New from: CDN$ 1.22
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

20th Century Myra Breckinridge Myron
11.  20th Century Myra Breckinridge Myron by Gore Vidal
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1968, Gore Vidal's classic swipe at Western sexual stereotypes revolves around the adventures of a trans-sexual male"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Alfie
12.  Alfie by Bill Naughton
The list author says:
  "Pub. ‘63, filmed ‘66 with Michael Caine. Comments on the easy sexuality of the Swinging Sixties. Refilmed 2004, Jude Law, but creating less stir. Different times, different shock values."
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Strange Relations
13.  Strange Relations by Philip Jose Farmer
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1960. Farmer has been known for many decades for his exploration of sexuality through his medium - sci-fi. In these five short stories he produces a family both strange and memorable."
CDN$ 8.86   Used & New from: CDN$ 2.19
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Kind of Loving Hb (New Windmill)
14.  Kind of Loving Hb (New Windmill) by Stan BARSTOW
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1960, filmed 1962, represents the "kitchen sink drama" genre influencing society in the 50s and 60s. Interesting to help understand attitudes then, it deals with a casual sex ending in pregnancy"
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Cider with Rosie (Nonpareil Book)
15.  Cider with Rosie (Nonpareil Book) 
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1959, a masterpiece on England at the end of WWI, a time of endless summers where cars and telephones were a rarity. Also reveals the strange mixture of sexual prudery and laxity of those times"
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Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics)
16.  Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Baldwin
The list author says:
  "Due to its homoerotic content, this second novel by black American author James Baldwin aroused much controversy when published in 1956. Today it seems very mild, but was then considered very candid"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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LOLITA
17.  LOLITA by VLADIMIR NABOKOV
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1955, the classic story of a man's lust for an underage girl. A study in selfishness and delusion, its complex layers of subtlety, have been analysed than any other work of erotic literature"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)

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The Ginger Man
18.  The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1955, The story of sexual adventures in Dublin, hailed as one of the greats of last century. Readers seem equally divided as to whether it is genius or trash. I find it leaning more to trash"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Casino Royale (James Bond Novels)
19.  Casino Royale (James Bond Novels) 
The list author says:
  "Pub.’53, introduced James Bond, literature's supreme example of the tough, cynical, womanising, action-man hero."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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The Catcher in the Rye
20.  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1951, when its story of teenage anger and sexuality shocked the USA. It has held cult status ever since. In 1981 it was the most challenged book, yet the second most taught in high schools"
CDN$ 11.19   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,340 customer reviews)

1984: Centennial Edition
21.  1984: Centennial Edition by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1949. A future world of fear and oppression. As usual in oppressive societies, sex is taboo, and Winston rebels by the most basic of human rights: he loves a girl, Julia"
CDN$ 13.00   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,950 customer reviews)

Tropic of Cancer
22.  Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1934, the subject of an obscenity trial in 1961, an extreme example of an author's reaction to censorship. Praised by serious writers - including George Orwell - and damned as trash by others."
CDN$ 12.64   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

Narcissus and Goldmund
23.  Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1930, Hesse's novel explores two polar opposites of the human character: Narzis, a disciplined scholar, and Goldmund, his pupil, an adventuring sensualist fascinated by the eternal feminine."
CDN$ 12.24   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Lady Chatterley's Lover: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
24.  Lady Chatterley's Lover: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by D. H. Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1928, Lawrence's most notorious novel on sexuality. Pub. in England in 1960, when it was prosecuted under the obscenity act. This failed prosecution did much to confirm the sixties as "Swinging.""
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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My Life and Loves
25.  My Life and Loves by Frank Harris
The list author says:
  "Pub. 1922, banned as obscene in 1923. Follows the general pattern of many works read for sexual content: once the sexual part begins to bore, there's not much more in it to hold the reader's interest."
CDN$ 13.00   Used & New from: CDN$ 9.03
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Graham Worthington (Toronto, Canada)
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Qualifications: Author, "Wake of the Raven" and "Zorn."
Last updated: 24/12/13
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