The Book of Love

In Search of the Kamasutra

James McConnachie

RRP: £20.00

1 February 2008

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843543749

RRP: £17.99

9 August 2007

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843543732

Shortlisted for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2008

The Kamasutra was written in northern India in the third century AD, when erotic culture lay at the heart of an exquisite civilization. The Book of Love is a unique portrait of this sensuous era, evoking the world of the pleasure-seeking men – and women – for whom the book was written.

It is also the story of the West’s discovery of the Kamasutra: how the last surviving manuscripts were tracked down in India by visionary Victorian scholars, and painstakingly translated. It exposes how, with the help of a clandestine coterie of sexual experimenters and iconoclasts, the outrageous explorer Richard Burton unleashed this shocking volume on English society in an attempt to start a revolution. The Book of Love then follows the Kamasutra underground, where it was forced into the hands of pirate pornographers before being thrust once more into the daylight in the wake of the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.