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3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A memoir of love, sex and intimacy
Paperback, 276 pages
Published 2009 by Text Publishing
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H.i.b.a.
Richard tied me to a pole because I asked him to. He used duct tape and and he secured my wrists with it. The mattress was within reach but only close enough to rest my head on.

... There was something strangely domestic about the morning. He filled up the sink and I could hear the clatter of plates in the soapy water. ... I imagined that he would look up from the dishes and watch me. I wondered if I looked ridiculous in submission, if he was grinning with the humor of it all. Perhaps he watche
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David
Jul 22, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww2014
A pleasurable book of many unusual excellences. The promise of sex drew me in, yet, although there is perhaps more sex in this book than most (and of delicious, though not exhaustive, variety), it is not really a work of erotica. The smooth writing kept me reading. There are some lovely developing metaphors, e.g.:

I hold her delicate fingers and smile, and I think about how deeply she could reach inside me with those elegant hands. A wriggling fish of thought, fleeting, gone in a second, but ther
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Michelle (tinyturtle88)
This memoir was so intense? I'm not sure what word to use. I was expecting something sexy and risque. These pages were filled with her finding and becoming these sexual realizations, urges, explorations, not only with herself but with other people. I found it so interesting that she explains at such an early age (younger than 10) but she was raised SO sheltered. There were parts that had me to grossed out that I gagged a little. As she grew into her womanhood, it seemed like no holds barred and ...more
Kat at Book Thingo
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Sometimes you find a book impossible to put down, not because of what it says about the world, but because of what it knows about you. Affection is that kind of book.

Who might enjoy it: Libertines

Who might not enjoy it: Prudes

Affection is, at times, almost unbearably honest. And yet Kneen’s lyricism dulls the edge off some of the darkest parts of the book: depression, attempted suicide, homelessness. Worst is the emotional cruelty Kneen endures at the hands of
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Liz
Oct 25, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Affection follows the path of Krissy Kneen's life journey, from the compulsive sexual self-exploration of her childhood to her experiences as a young woman for whom the world is a sexual playground. Brave and honest in her assessment of her own sexual addictions. Bold indeed, comes to mind when I think of Krissy, even in her fear. I admire the raw exposure of inner most feelings, thoughts, and details. Intimidating and liberating.
Her story gradual drags you into the deep trenches of her insati
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Tam
Feb 02, 2010 Tam rated it liked it
This book calls itself a memoir of love, sex and intimacy, but I would call it a memoir about a narcissistic chronic masturbator who describes herself as unattractive even as she recounts in vivid detail graphic sex scenes involving multiple partners. The lines are really blurred in this book, both sexually and morally, and it is really hard to like a person who so easily puts herself in the hands of people who only wish to use her (sometimes cruelly) to satisfy their own needs. Krissy Kneen ...more
Cathy McLennan
Apr 25, 2013 Cathy McLennan rated it it was amazing
Krissy is a great writer - the prose in Affection reminds me of an Olympic gymnast, so fluid and natural with seemingly no effort behind the easy flow of the words.

The subject matter is at times confronting. The world Krissy depicts in her book is a world few of us will have experienced and she is immensely brave to allow us to delve into her most intimate moments, from the sweet interactions with her family, to the humiliating encounters with Brian. We see Krissy at her most vulnerable, such as
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Amra Pajalic
Jan 25, 2015 Amra Pajalic rated it really liked it
This book has been on my radar for a while. It's the story of Krissy's exploration of sexual desire.

Kneen is a great writer who tells her story of sexual exploration and acceptance with great honesty and forthrightness. There are moments of great eroticism as she lays out her sexual adventures and revelations.

Kneen has also written a book of erotic short stories and I'll be following this up.
Kristy 0
Oct 23, 2014 Kristy 0 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I have a personalised signed copy of this one. A beautiful memoir from the first time (published) Brisbane author. I met her at a book launch and she is every bit as open and sincere in real life as she comes across in the book.

Needless to say I recommend this book, but it will not be everyone's cup of tea.
Violetsteel
Aug 10, 2012 Violetsteel rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A fantastic read. Looks deeply at the issues of intimacy, commitment, relationships and lust. I found it to be an interesting look into the psychology of someone addicted to sex rather than it coming across as an erotic book, even though it definitely is in parts.
Liz
Oct 21, 2011 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Truly struggled to read this book through. It is supposed to be a story about a woman's discovery of her sexuality but honestly it reads more like a story of sexual abuse. I found it difficult to read as I thought this woman remained disempowered by the way she even wrote this book
Linda
Jul 21, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
beautifully written, explicit, confronting, difficult to put down.
K
This was interesting on the whole, but ended rather abruptly.

Definitely a 3.5er.
Liz Sanquiche
Feb 25, 2012 Liz Sanquiche rated it it was amazing
Affection follows the path of Krissy Kneen's life journey, from the compulsive sexual self-exploration of her childhood to her experiences as a young woman for whom the world is a sexual playground. Brave and honest in her assessment of her own sexual addictions. Bold indeed, comes to mind when I think of Krissy, even in her fear. I admire the raw exposure of her inner most feelings, thoughts, and details. Intimidating and liberating.
Her story gradual drags you into the deep trenches of her in
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Eddie Blatt
I liken reading this book to confronting modern poetry; you know, the type where words are splashed on the page in strange combinations, and those in the know will tell you that it’s wonderful, even brilliant. Unfortunately for me, I have never ‘gotten’ modern poetry. And I didn’t ‘get’ this book. It felt like the author was trying to be fancy, but, then, given how retarded I am in the appreciation of modern poetry, I concede the same thing might be happening here. I found myself skipping whole ...more
C.K.
Aug 03, 2013 C.K. rated it liked it
There were times reading this book when I wanted to give the author a big hug and tell her things would be alright. There were other times when I thought she was foolish and immature and I wanted to tell her to grow up and stop letting people take advantage of her. I admired her honesty and despite the graphic content thought her depiction of her feelings and emotions at the time were insightful. For any person who has struggled with their own sexuality it's a great read.I look forward to ...more
Lindsey
Aug 02, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was ok
Shelves: australian, book-club
A beautiful ending, but on the whole this is quite a depressing book. She's just such a sad and forlorn character. However, I really admire Kneen's writing style - she captures sensations so well: humidity, rawness, desire, obsession. This should be 2.5 stars, I guess.
Barry
Apr 12, 2014 Barry rated it really liked it
Close to being a 5-star. The cover doesn't do it justice - in fact those looking for straight (normative hetero) erotica might be rather upset. A full and intriguing character development.
Romany
Jul 11, 2014 Romany rated it it was ok
This book made me feel really sad. I wanted some depth and introspection, some redemption and gratitude. All I found was a pile of old mechanics and a bit of self pity.
Anne Hayes
Mar 27, 2013 Anne Hayes rated it really liked it
Brutally honest. Raw. Beautifully written. Hard with a sweet, soft centre. Definitely a read for those with an open mind. If only we could all write this way.
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Krissy Kneen has been shortlisted three times for the Queensland Premier's Literary awards. She is founding member of Eatbooks Inc and is the marketing and promotions officer at Avid Reader bookshop. Find out more about Krissy Kneen at www.eatbooks.com and www.avidreader.com.au
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