The Guardian referred to ‘the double life of Catherine M’ in their interview on her controversial sexual memoir, but it seems more likely that Catherine Millet’s sexual memoir hoped to reconcile the duality between ‘normal life’ and sex. Tamlyn Monson tries to unwind some of the issues the book raises. Click here to access this electronic item. "I don't regard sex as being so intimate. All this can, in turn, be seen in the light of the author’s own admission: ‘fucking can be boring! Then once again she defers to Jacques. Catherine M’s pursuits consist mainly of group sex in a variety of locations – from friends’ apartments and dedicated clubs to seemingly spontaneous couplings on roadsides. (Mrs. Frank goes to join Mr. Frank and Margot.) But still, I prefer that particular boredom’. The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by the art critic Catherine Millet was published in the author's native French in 2001.An English translation by Adriana Hunter was published in 2002. These are strong words I’m using, but they’re honest. She claims she is not a ‘collector’ and is offended by those who notch up couplings only to boast about them afterward, yet her biography of 49 distinguishable lovers and countless faceless ones smacks of the same kind of conceit. Very little that is not directly to do with sex gets a look in in The Sexual Life of Catherine M. Her description of childhood is brief and only present as a device for explaining her obsession with numbers - that is, the numbers of sexual partners she was ultimately to have. Tamlyn Monson enjoys not-for-the-faint-hearted reflections on the meaning of sex, transgression and liberation, and has not found all of them boring. It must be because I am British, and the British are not supposed to be able to talk about sex without Sid James-y double entendre and sniggering. (In the early days she didn't use condoms.) 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