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y The Bride Stripped Bare single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the Good Wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self, one who's discovered that her new marriage contains mysteries of its own. Inspired by a manuscript written by an anonymous Elizabethan woman who dared to speak of what women truly desire, she tastes for the first time the intoxicating power of knowing what she wants and how to get it. The question is, How long can she sustain a perilous double life?" "In writing The Bride Stripped Bare, the author decided to remain anonymous so she would feel absolutely free to explore a woman's inner world. As she writes in her afterword, "That doesn't mean this book is a memoir; it's many things to me, fiction and nonfiction, fantasy and fact, a quilt pieced together not only from my stories but those of my friends. (Source: Trove)

Notes

  • Originally published anonymously.
  • Bestselling Australian book from April 2003-March 2004 (Australian Publishers Association survey.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Fourth Estate , 2003 .
      Extent: 373p.
      ISBN: 0007163533
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Fourth Estate , 2003 .
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      Extent: 374p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes note from author outlining her reasons for publishing this work anonymously.
      ISBN: 0007170866
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Harper Perennial , 2004 .
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      Extent: 376p.
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: For my husband. For every husband.
      • Epigraph: 'I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there's somebody nobody knows about.' Alfred Hitchcock and Thornton Wilder, Shadow of a Doubt.
      ISBN: 0007163541
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 400p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 January 2014
      Series: y Modern Australian Classics A & R Modern Australian Classics Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2014- 7434666 2014 series - publisher
Alternative title: Hadaka ni sareta hanayome
Alternative title: 裸にされた花嫁
Language: Japanese
    • Tokyo, Honshu,
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      Japan,
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      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Bungei Shunju , 2005 .
      Extent: 366p.
      ISBN: 4163240608

Works about this Work

Let's Write About Sex Jessica Leo , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 June 2013; (p. 6)
Drawing Room : Amal Awad and Nikki Gemmel Waleed Aly (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2012;
What do women want, in a literary sense and is it any different from what men want in a book? Simple questions with very complicated answers and to help solve the quandary, two female writers who appeared at the 2012 Sydney Writers' Festival are interviewed by Aly Waleed. [From the ABC webpage, with slight modification]
Looking at Love in All Its Guises Karen Hardy , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 9 October 2011; (p. 4-5)
I'll Tell You All - Except My Name Kate Holden , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 November 2006; (p. 28-29)

Kate Holden explores her curiosity at the use of pseudonyms by women writers of erotic literature. She concludes 'Playfulness, coyness, mystique and titillation are part of the erotic. In the age of bold women and admirable authors, though, it seems a shame to be so shy. It may be that "Anonymous" has the allure of teasing seduction, but a tease can go on only so long before it starts to look like apprehension.'

Pleasure of the Next Text Chris Beck , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 December 2006; (p. 45)
The Tyranny of the Literal James Ley , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 270 2005; (p. 32-38)
James Ley examines the act of reading literary novels and the interpretation that must occur within each reader, including understanding the author's use of irony. Although the task may sometimes be challenging, Ley concludes that reading is 'a creative act. Unlike almost everything we are encouraged to consider entertainment, it is an active pursuit. Without this process of interpretation we cannot know ourselves.'
Author Stripped Bare Deborah Blashki , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 April 2005; (p. 2)
The Identity Trap Nikki Gemmell , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 1-2 2005; (p. 296-301)
Editor's note: When an artist removes her signature from her work, it can be a liberating experience. Author Nikki Gemmell recalls the joys of anonymity -- and the pains of being subsequently 'outed' -- in writing her sexually explosive bestseller The Bride Stripped Bare.
Sex and Sad Spaces Gaylene Perry , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 17 no. 2 2005; (p. 55-57)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel ; Geography Sophie Cunningham 2004 single work novel
Bride Outstrips Book Rivals James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 June 2004; (p. 3)
Moving from Controversy Samela Harris , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 July 2004; (p. 42)
Miss Gemmell Regrets : Anatomy of a PR Campaign Lynda Hawryluk , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 176 2004; (p. 56-60)
Suburban Legend or Smooth Operator? Nikki Gemmell Meets the Press Lara Cain , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 18 no. 4 2004; (p. 565-576)
Finding the Modern Female Leah de Forest , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 18 January 2004; (p. 19)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
The Author Stripped Bare Stephanie Bunbury , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 June 2003; (p. 3) The Age , 28 June 2003; (p. 3)
Sex and the Frustrated Housewife Chrissey Iley , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 July 2003; (p. 4-5)
The Best is in Your Mind Erica Wagner , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 July 2003; (p. 2, 6)
Too Much Information Emma-Kate Symons , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 August 2003; (p. 25)
Symons canvasses some recent 'confessional' writing and examines issues of literary merit. She also discusses the phenomenon of 'over-sharing' and its propensity for making the private universal.
Sex with the Hubby - Just Think of a Fat Cabbie Catherine Keenan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 November 2003; (p. 1, 11)
Design of the Times Mary-Rose MacColl , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 November 2003; (p. 7)
This article discusses the proliferation of book covers, particularly fiction, that have photographs of parts of the body.
Behind the Sex There's a Heart at Work Jennifer Byrne , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 July 2003; (p. 10)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
A Web of Lies and Sexual Betrayal Sarah Marinos , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 July 2003; (p. 5a)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Going Private in Public Mary Rose Liverani , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 July 2003; (p. 3) Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 386-388)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
One Book a Week 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 August 2003; (p. 10)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Bride Wears Emperor's New Clothes Nick Bray , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 August 2003; (p. 6)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Naked Truth Kathy Hunt , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 August vol. 121 no. 6386 2003; (p. 69)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
True Intentions Stripped Bare Katharine England , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 30 August 2003; (p. 9)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : For 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 September 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : Against 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 September 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
First Page Test Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 October 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Beasts in the Jungle Owen Richardson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 254 2003; (p. 52)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Finding the Modern Female Leah de Forest , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 18 January 2004; (p. 19)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel
Sex and Sad Spaces Gaylene Perry , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 17 no. 2 2005; (p. 55-57)

— Review of The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell 2003 single work novel ; Geography Sophie Cunningham 2004 single work novel
The Author Stripped Bare Stephanie Bunbury , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 June 2003; (p. 3) The Age , 28 June 2003; (p. 3)
Sex and the Frustrated Housewife Chrissey Iley , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 July 2003; (p. 4-5)
The Best is in Your Mind Erica Wagner , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 July 2003; (p. 2, 6)
Too Much Information Emma-Kate Symons , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 August 2003; (p. 25)
Symons canvasses some recent 'confessional' writing and examines issues of literary merit. She also discusses the phenomenon of 'over-sharing' and its propensity for making the private universal.
Sex with the Hubby - Just Think of a Fat Cabbie Catherine Keenan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 November 2003; (p. 1, 11)
Design of the Times Mary-Rose MacColl , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 November 2003; (p. 7)
This article discusses the proliferation of book covers, particularly fiction, that have photographs of parts of the body.
Bride Outstrips Book Rivals James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 June 2004; (p. 3)
Moving from Controversy Samela Harris , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 July 2004; (p. 42)
Miss Gemmell Regrets : Anatomy of a PR Campaign Lynda Hawryluk , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 176 2004; (p. 56-60)
The Tyranny of the Literal James Ley , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 270 2005; (p. 32-38)
James Ley examines the act of reading literary novels and the interpretation that must occur within each reader, including understanding the author's use of irony. Although the task may sometimes be challenging, Ley concludes that reading is 'a creative act. Unlike almost everything we are encouraged to consider entertainment, it is an active pursuit. Without this process of interpretation we cannot know ourselves.'
Author Stripped Bare Deborah Blashki , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 April 2005; (p. 2)
The Identity Trap Nikki Gemmell , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 1-2 2005; (p. 296-301)
Editor's note: When an artist removes her signature from her work, it can be a liberating experience. Author Nikki Gemmell recalls the joys of anonymity -- and the pains of being subsequently 'outed' -- in writing her sexually explosive bestseller The Bride Stripped Bare.
I'll Tell You All - Except My Name Kate Holden , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 November 2006; (p. 28-29)

Kate Holden explores her curiosity at the use of pseudonyms by women writers of erotic literature. She concludes 'Playfulness, coyness, mystique and titillation are part of the erotic. In the age of bold women and admirable authors, though, it seems a shame to be so shy. It may be that "Anonymous" has the allure of teasing seduction, but a tease can go on only so long before it starts to look like apprehension.'

Pleasure of the Next Text Chris Beck , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 December 2006; (p. 45)
Suburban Legend or Smooth Operator? Nikki Gemmell Meets the Press Lara Cain , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 18 no. 4 2004; (p. 565-576)
Looking at Love in All Its Guises Karen Hardy , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 9 October 2011; (p. 4-5)
Drawing Room : Amal Awad and Nikki Gemmel Waleed Aly (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2012;
What do women want, in a literary sense and is it any different from what men want in a book? Simple questions with very complicated answers and to help solve the quandary, two female writers who appeared at the 2012 Sydney Writers' Festival are interviewed by Aly Waleed. [From the ABC webpage, with slight modification]
Secret Wives' Business Peter Fray , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 October 2002; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 October 2002; (p. 27)
Let's Write About Sex Jessica Leo , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 June 2013; (p. 6)
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