What was the summer’s most controversial book?

Alissa Nutting‘s debut novel, Tampa, about a female teacher and her 14-year-old pupil, has been described as “disgusting”, “sickening” and has even been banned in some bookshops in Australia. Written from the view of a sociopathic 26-year-old who becomes a teacher in order to prey on boys, Tampa was inspired by the case of Debra Lafave, the Florida teacher who was convicted of having sex with a pupil in 2005. Nutting was actually at school with Lafave. She comments….”There are rules for female sexuality and there are ways you’re allowed to be extreme and it’s in a very submissive, romantic way,” I think the reason why the shock at this book is so great, is because female sexual agency in general is not fully accepted.” Indeed, the he sex scenes in Tampa are explicit and unflinching.

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