Suzanne Portnoy

The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

The bestselling pioneer of the ‘erotic memoir’ is to be republished 11th April 2013 

After losing her virginity to a stagehand she meets on a school field trip
to the theatre, Suzanne takes up with a succession of lovers, from punk
rockers to university boys to personal-ad Romeos, before settling down
with a dashing man who turns out to be more interested in his career
than in sex. 
Ten frustrating years later, a chance meeting on the internet with an
American 3,000 miles away dooms her marriage, but helps Suzanne
regain her confidence and sparks a journey of self-discovery that is
anything but typical.
“explicit … an erotic adventuress who refuses to allow her sexuality to be caged by society’s conventions” – The Observer
“naughty, open and true” – More Magazine
“intelligently written and brutally honest” – Metro

who is suzanne..?

There has never been a better time to be a woman in your forties and a new voracious breed of post-divorce, post-kids women are reclaiming their sexuality and living life to the full.
As the UK’s Sunday Times put it, think Kim Cattrall, Teri Hatcher, Kelly Hoppen. These are the women in the limelight but actually there are many more of them, up and down the country. They used to be called ‘The Invisible Women,’ but now they have revisited the sexual territory of their youth and they are out there hunting.
Suzanne Portnoy was once such woman. A Jewish New Yorker, now settled in London, her UK bestseller, ‘The Butcher, the Baker, The Candlestick Maker’ came out in 2006 and immediately became a bestseller. Now, thanks to the demand for erotica, it’s being republished to a whole new generation of women.
Suzanne Portnoy has been a publicist for twenty years. Divorced with grown-up sons, she was born
in the States and now lives in London. Saucy, attractive, and finally her dream size 12 after 20 years of
indifferent dieting, she is no longer single but settled down with a younger man and happily monogamous.


suzanne is available for interviews

what they’re saying…

“Gritty and explicit” The Observer
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“…part of a new breed of intelligently written, brutally honest, non-fiction sexual memoirs” Metro Newspaper
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“This is the woman men have always believed exists, the saucy nympho who beckons from her door with a smile and a negligee” The Sunday Times Magazine
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“Suzanne Portnoy has given the genre (erotica) a much-needed boost”
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“If you’re not shagging around in your twenties, then maybe you have a problem. If you’re still shagging around in your forties, those who aren’t think you have a problem” Suzanne Portnoy in The Times
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“A 40-something woman having lots of sex with lots of men? *gasp*”
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for more information…

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