For the last year Hephzibah Anderson has flirted, dated, swooned, and sighed. She has been tantalized by intense conversations, lingering looks and clinches in the back of taxis. She has watched dawn break cradled in the arms of a man from Tennessee, sipped cocktails in a hip Manhattan speakeasy with a dark-eyed companion, and dined al fresco in Wales with a comedy writer. She has talked, embraced, kissed. But she has not had sex. Turning on its head the maxim that declares romance dead, journalist Hephzibah Anderson has thrown herself headfirst into finding romance in an age obsessed with sex. Chastened- Adventures in Abstinence is the story of her personal quest to stay chaste for a year, fusing a candid and pithy month-by-month account of her personal challenge with an exploration of what sex means in the twenty-first-century western world. In a welcome antidote in the era of pole-dancing hen nights, Anderson elegantly unpicks our attitudes to intimacy; and reconnects with the much undervalued valu
Hephzibah Anderson graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature and has worked as a journalist ever since. She was Fiction Editor at the Daily Mail until 2007, and wrote on debut fiction for the Observer for five years. She now works freelance as a critic, feature writer and broadcaster for various British and international outlets including Vogue, Bloomberg Muse, and BBC Radio Five Live.