Saturday, 1 September 2012
Author: Phyllis Naylor
Year of publication: 1979, Sphere edition 1981
Back cover blurb:' MARY
is unmarried, the secretary of the Faith Holiness congregation, and for thirty-four years has led a model life. She has nursed her crippled mother, stood by her family when her wild, beloved brother defied the church and fled to California. And she is resigned to the prospect that life has passed her by... forever.
Until the sudden arrival of her free-thinking, young nephew throws her world into turmoil. Bright, affectionate and vulnerable, thirteen-year-old Jake joins forces with Mary's outspoken girlfriend in opposing the gospel according to Faith Holiness. And sets Mary on the path of deliciously sinful libearation that reveals a funny, feminine personality whose search for fulfilment is strewn with...
Quick flick reveals: Phyllis Naylor is best known as a children's author, notably for the 'Alice' series as novels, and neither her own website or Wikipedia mentions Revelations. It's almost as if everyone were keeping deliberately quiet about it. But I am here to tell you that Phyllis Naylor wrote a rude novel in which a man puts his thingy in a lady's thingy and no one can stop me! Anyway, it all looks rather thoughtful and decent, and probably doesn't deserve being kept in a basement on a chain, living on slop from a bucket.
Random paragraph: 'For a man of Murray's size, she had expected a monstrous phallus. But the penis was thick and short and stuck out at a perfect right angle to his body. She could, she mused, hang her dress on it.'