"The first intelligent, sensitive novel of female discipline"
- The Sunday Times (England)

   The Feminine Rigime is the first serious novel of female
   discipline ever to be published. 
   The Feminine Rigime takes the reader into another world: a feminine
   world with its own laws and its own standards. A world of scent and
   lipstick, hats, gloves and nylon stockings. Maidservants are the
   absolute property of their mistresses. Uniformed, grown-up schoolgirls
   are educated with old-fashioned school discipline. The courts of this
   hidden Empire sentence women to canings, strappings and sentences of
   "Punitive Service" as maids under severe discipline.
   But the most fascinating thing about the book is the fact that it is
   not a fantasy. The hidden Empire in which the action takes place is
   a reality to which the authoress herself is proud to belong. While the
   book and its events are fictional, the background against which it
   takes place is not, and in the course of a breathtaking story we are
   taken on a conducted tour of that world, seeing private homes, schools
   and courts.
   We see from within the life of a "slavey", the lowest grade of
   maidservant, subject to the discipline of all the other maids as well
   as her mistresses. We attend an Imperial school ruled by a formidable
   mistress with a stiff strap. We experience schoolgirl canings --
   including one of the most intense and powerful caning scenes ever
   written -- and public, judicial chastisements.
   Yet The Feminine Rigime is not just a "flagellation novel". That is
   what makes it unique. It is a literary masterpiece. Beautifully
   written in prose which The Daily Telegraph's reviewer described as
   "cut-crystal"; deeply philosophical, trenchant, witty and moving;
   filled with memorable characters and unforgettable incidents.The
   Feminine Rigime really is the first serious novel of female
With new illustrations by Petronella


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