Author(s): Alex Comfort
A bestseller since it was first published in 1972, Alex Comfort's classic work celebrates human physical intimacy with such authority and clarity that a whole generation felt empowered to enjoy sex. It was groundbreaking and unique in the wide range of subjects it discussed and in its reassuring authority and sense of fun. No other book has come close in providing such a wise, witty, uninhibited - sometimes delightfully eccentric - guide to lovemaking. And the original illustrations are absolutely iconic.
A facsimile edition of the original illustrated sex guide - rereleased to celebrate the launch of the new Cameron Diaz/Jason Segal/Jack Black movie Basic Math (Columbia Pictures, July 2014), which features the book.
Witty, raunchy and practical. * Journal of the Institute of Health Education * Invaluable... Beautifully written. * The Daily Telegraph * Intelligent and helpfully free from prudery. * Independent on Sunday * An intelligent sex manual that is serious without being solemn. -- Desmond Morris The Joy of Sex brought hairy, naked people into homes around the country. * The Independent Magazine * Witty, fanciful and mercifully free of moralising. * Time Magazine * A classic for anyone who needs to know about sex. * The Sunday Telegraph * The one album on lovemaking you should have. * The Sunday Times * The Joy of Sex is to the bedroom as Delia Smith is to the kitchen. -- Rowan Pelling * The Daily Mail *
Dr Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc., (1920-2000) was a leading expert on human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the 20th century. A pioneer in the study of old age, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist and poet, he wrote over 50 books and countless scientific papers. Dr Comfort also worked as head of research on gerontology at University College London, a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University and Adjunct Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Associate Member of the American Psychiatric Association, he died in March 2000, aged 80.