Eat Me (1995)

Written years before Sex and the City and the advent of ‘chick lit’, this eye-popping first novel – a runaway bestseller in Australia, France (as Mange Moi ) and elsewhere – invites readers to partake of a lusty banquet of conversations about that hottest topic of all–sex. A foursome of bright, successful Sydney women are at the heart of this comedy of manners: Julia, a photographer with a penchant for Peking duck and acrobatic men; Chantal, a fashion magazine editor, whose sexual exploits give new meaning to ‘mixing and matching’; Helen, a feminist scholar, whose wholesome demeanor belies her exotic sexual fantasies; and Philippa, a writer who appears to be taking rather close notes on her friends’ raunchy tales… Translated into well over a dozen languages and never out of print in Australia, it is now a Text Classic.

‘You’ll enjoy this tasty romp – you’d better, you slave – and will thank Jaivin for the exquisite pleasire.’ Paper magazine (US)

‘Erotic escapism at its best, with a touch of humour and a touch of class; a blend of fetishism, fun and kiwi fruit.’ New Woman

‘Very funny stuff.’ Washington Post

‘The true strength of this book… is Jaivin’s merciless wit and her ear for dialogue… She’s bitchy, wicked and intelligent. She has firm control over her material and a talent for slicing through the pretension with the precision of a sushi knife.’ Weekend Australian

‘Jaivin never loses sight of her self-declared goal, which is to wrench the writing of erotica from its male practitioners, dress it up with style and sly humour and restore it to women.’ LA Times

‘It’s erotic. It’s feminist. It’s like, way post-modern.’ New York Post

‘Amazing writing.’ Just Out (US)

‘Eat Me is the sexiest thing to come out of Australia since Mel Gibson… This book does for sex what… Absolutely Fabulous did for fashion: it takes a subject we’re all passionate about and makes wickedly clever fun of it.’ Glamour (US)

‘This tossed salad of erotic scenarios charms as few examples of its genre ever have.’ Kirkus Review

‘Funny and satiric.’ Library Journal

‘Wicked, funny and pleasurable. Code (UK)

‘Funny, intelligent, accessible and sexy!’ Australian Women’s Forum

‘Some of the scenes described actually turned me on.’ Times Literary Supplement

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