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Lisa Taddeo and Hadley Freeman On Sex and Desire

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a world-wide sensation – forever changing how we think about women and desire.

Nearly a decade in the making, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a global phenomenon. Hailed instantly as a feminist classic, this staggering work of nonfiction is the result of thousands of hours spent in the company of its subjects – three women whose lives reveal profound and previously unspoken truths about life and love, womanhood and desire. She spent eight years and thousands of hours tracking the women whose stories comprise Three Women, moving to the towns they lived in to better understand their lives. The result is perhaps the most important non-fiction novel since Capote’s In Cold Blood.

Lisa joins the How To Academy Podcast to tell the Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman how her book came into being.

Praise for Lisa Taddeo:

A non-fiction novel of such recurring darkness, truth and astonishment I will probably re-read it every year of my life – Caitlin Moran

I don’t say this lightly – the greatest book I’ve ever read about women and desire – Rachel Cooke, Observer

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women offers a fascinating excavation of the intricacies of love and desire, where they conspire and where they conflict. Read this book. You will forever rethink the erotics of women – Esther Perel

Three Women examines love and lust, instigation and exploitation, fairytales and infidelity, girlhood and womanhood and motherhood and all the liminal spaces between, and it asks big questions about who we are allowed to be as women. I salute Lisa Taddeo – Elizabeth Day

‘A book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I’m not sure that a book can do much more’ – Sunday Times

‘The kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long’ New Statesman

A book with the thrill of the new that you can expect to dominate WhatsApp threads, line tube carriages and pop up in foreign AirBnbs for years to come. Taddeo hasn’t just caught a moment, she has spawned a new genre. Three Women reminds us that it is both wonderful and brutal to be in love – Evening Standard

It’s painful and beautiful, gutting and sexy. I don’t think I’ve read a book that has captivated me as intensely as this one, which I still think about, months later, in the quietest hours of the night – Red

Three Women is an astonishing act of imaginative empathy and a gift to women around the world who feel like their desires are ignored and their voices aren’t heard. This is a book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I’m not sure that a book can do much more – Sunday Times           

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