Author(s): Pamela Hansford-Johnson
'Striking first novel . . . qualities of vitality and humour which set it apart.' New York Times
Delve into the world of Pamela Hansford Johnson through her explosive, banned debut, This Bed Thy Centre. . .
Sixteen year old Elsie Cotton, who lives with her widowed mother in south London, wants someone to explain to her what sexual intercourse is. Her mother won't tell her, and nor will her teacher; her boyfriend Roly is only too willing to show her, but fear of the unknown and her understanding of the potential consequences stop her.
As she and Roly continue their courtship, it becomes clear that the only way Elsie will take the leap into bed is if they're married...
This era-defining novel - which was banned from Battersea library on publication - explores down-at-heel south London in the 30's and attitudes towards sex. The Daily Express said at the time:
'Miss Johnson will be able to write when she has persuaded herself that there are other things in the world besides sex.'
Luckily for Miss Johnson, this was the debut novel that was followed by 27 other novels in a career that ended in her being called 'one of Britain's best-known novelists' by the New York Times.