by Joe Simpson Walker
Publication Date: 20th July, 2011
Paperback, 408 pages
It’s the early 1960s, a time when fetishism, bondage, masochism, transvestism and homosexuality are still condemned as perversions.
Jeanette Hesketh is a troubled girl. Excluded from school after a mental breakdown, she has only one confidante: Mark Child, an attractive but dangerous young man. Their strange relationship is hidden from all around them, and Jeanette must find her way through a maze of secrets and betrayal, desires and disillusionment, fictions and confession, as she struggles for her sanity in a world of fear and forbidden longings.
Family mystery. Black farce. Hallucinatory psychodrama. Kinky love story. JEANETTE by Joe Simpson Walker.
About The Author
Joe Simpson Walker was born in 1959. From his late teens to early thirties he pursued a career in music, entirely without commercial success. At the age of 19 he had completed an atrocious novel called Loving Authority and submitted it to Faber & Faber; after its rejection he did not try his hand at fiction again until one afternoon in 1989, when he wrote ‘Lady in Trouble’, a three-page short story. It was accepted for magazine publication at first attempt, and he was encouraged to continue in the same vein.
His novels include Slackhurst (1992), Lovedrool, Her Hands Are Tied (both 1993) and Fetishdoll (written 1994, published 2000). House of Footwear (1995-96) is a novella made up of interlinked short stories. Jeanette (2011) is his longest and most ambitious work to date. As a writer he is interested in bizarre psychology – obsessions, compulsions, phobias, taboos, etc. – and in the conventions of genre fiction.
He lives in Liverpool.
What People Say
“Joe Simpson Walker writes intriguing stories with vivid backgrounds and characters you can really identify with.”
Josephine Scott, erotic authoress
“Note-perfect in its period detail, Jeanette recaptures and broadens with a sly 21st century eye the grimy excitement of the pulp fiction of the era in which it is set. In its depiction of mental instability and sexual extremes, the novel achieves a balance of vision that is the result of deeply felt experience. Satirical and surreal, this is a work as provocative as it is unique.”