Joan Barbara Simon
She's been called a brainy little nympho. She's been called a man without a dick, or a woman with one. She can learn to live with that. She's been reaping 5-star reviews for her fiction in all genres. She looks more closely at undefined spaces - linguistic, sexual, philosophical, political - because she knows how to resist the temptation, the comfort, of easy answers.
Joan Barbara Simon (Ph.D.); novelist, poetess, songwriter. Lecturer. Researcher. Trouble-maker.
women's fiction, erotica
Miss Virginia Mendes stumbles from the bourgeois bliss of her brittle marriage into the world of virtual romance, convinced that He must be out there, somewhere. Finding instead...
... a woman who learns to know her own mind and sheds her qualms about giving the world a piece of it. Of her sensuality, her philosophy, her triumphs and her pitfalls. All the Woman she is.
A voracious depiction of liberty, goaded by a click of the mouse; at times a war cry, at times a wry embrace of the female quotidian, the irresistible power of Simon’s writing opens the door to our better self.
'goes beyond erotica, beyond the culturally censurable. It is sheer beauty as was Henry Miller at his most liberated'
'one of the most extraordinary and brilliant books I have ever read. Dark, disturbing, and forensically brilliant at dissecting twenty-first century sexuality. It has everything Anais Nin and Brett Easton Ellis have, wrapped up in the same incredible package’
‘This is writing from which I stand back in admiration’
‘pushes the boundaries of women’s literary fiction to its limits – a D.H. Lawrence type moment (...) I can’t say enough good things about this novel. This is a haunting work which will stay in my head for a long time.’
Long Time Walk On Water
Emily Thompson, Rose to her friends, emigrates to the motherland, England, in search of a better life for her two young children, whom she is forced to leave behind. It will be hard work for the young mother in this rich man’s country; not only must Rose scrape the money together for a new life, but she must also come to terms with this unknown phenomenon, di Hinglish dem.
James Dunbar. Jack is what he answers to. Picking his way through the mucky incidents of life, he consoles himself that things will get better.
They happen to meet at a bus-stop, Emily and Jack.
An account of the black immigrant experience jostling to find its place among the white working class. A tale of how the humble live whilst waiting for their dreams to come true. A virtuoso performance in which the protagonists slip in and out of names like garments to the same measure that Time shifts like the plates of the earth, Long Time Walk on Water is, above all, an unforgettable love story: the story of a mother’s love and the price her family must pay for generations to come.
'rich, complex and beautifully written. It is something unlike anything I've read before - and yet it's recognisable and resonant - because all of life is in it. An absorbing and affecting read.’
Intelligent, humorous, tragic and sensual. Contemporary British literature at its best.‘
‘The most beautiful writing I have ever read.‘
'Couldn't put it down.'
The Red Room
short stories, poems; erotic fiction
The wife, the mother, the mistress, the daughter. Every generation of woman has her say. Every mode of physical expression granted. The passion. The patience. The fear. And the hatred...
Voicing those questions, those desires which convention has tamed out of the ‘’good” female, Joan Barbara Simon and her chorus of eloquent, critical protagonists dare to sidestep propriety in their search for sincere personal fulfilment and a redefinition of the intimate experience.
‘tremendously honest and ‘dirty’... outspoken... deeply natural, classy, intelligent’
‘Joan B. delivers the goods, spot-on. if all you’re looking for is shades of grey, don’t enter The Red Room.‘
'a mesmerizing, unforgettable ride through the ages of womanhood (...) the beauties and cries of the untouched mind and body patterns.’