The Passion of Mademoiselle S.

Love Letters: 1928-1930

Edited and introduced by Jean-Yves Berthault

pages January 2016 Copies in French and English Non Fiction

“The steamiest erotic text ever read to date.” – LE PARISIEN

A historic personal testament to a love affair, and to a time when the world was poised on the cusp of seismic change.
A collection of long lost love letters from 1928 to 1930, recently discovered in a dusty cellar in Paris. Mademoiselle S., identified here only as Simone, was a well-educated and cultured lady living in Paris at the height of the glamorous roaring twenties. Simone’s letters to her married lover Charles express her desires, fears, anxieties and fantasies, and through them we become intimately acquainted with an extraordinary woman whose sexual appetite knew no bounds, and whose obsessive and destructive love took her to extremes. Driven to increasing lengths to gain satisfaction, Simone may be seen as a woman ahead of her time, whose unconventional attitude challenges our preconceptions of female sexuality during this era. Ultimately, it was her downfall.

The Passion of Mademoiselle S. paints a vivid portrait of a violently passionate love affair that evolves in sometimes shocking and unexpected ways. Framed by illuminating insights from their editor, Jean-Yves Berthault, this correspondence opens a window into another time and another life, and a woman whose voice echoes down the century and still resonates today.

“The letters read like the book many of us hoped Fifty Shades of Grey might be: edgy, emotionally revealing and unafraid…Simone’s ardour leaps off the page more than 80 years after [the letters] were originally written… engrossing reading.” – Daily Review
“An electrifying read… With naughty fantasies and taboo
pleasures, Mademoiselle S brings together the obscene and the audacious in this
beautifully salacious collection of letters.” – Stylist