Books by Simon Leyland

A Splendidly Smutty Dictionary of Sex by Simon Leyland

Did you know that women never wore knickers until the late 18th century? That Cleopatra reputedly invented the first vibrator? The rather odd history of the condom? What it means to give someone a green gown—and who was the first person to join the mile-high club?

A Splendidly Smutty Dictionary of Sex covers an array of historical characters and their sex lives—from Chaucer to Wallis Simpson, from Rockefeller to a future king of England. Together with the definitive histories of vibrators, the merkin and the word “f–k” amongst others, this is the must have book of the year!

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A Curious Guide to London - Simon Leyland

A Curious Guide to London

From petticoat duels and lucky cats to the Stiffs Express, Lord Nelson’s spare nose, the Piccadilly earthquake and the Great Beer Flood of 1814, A Curious Guide to London takes you on a captivating, wildly entertaining tour of the city you think you know, unearthing the capital’s secrets and commemorating its rich, colourful and unusual history.

Brimming with tales of London’s forgotten past, its strangest traditions and its most eccentric inhabitants, this book celebrates the unique, the unusual and the unknown.

Perfect for tourists, day-trippers, commuters and the millions of people who call London home, this alternative guidebook will make you look at the city in a whole new light.

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Codes for living quietly - Simon Leyland

Codes for living quietly

“More semi-controlled madness from Galway`s genius wordsmith….in our opinion his best work yet..”

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The Language of Exile - Simon Leyland

The Language of Exile

“Another mixture of controlled madness and penetrating insight from a poet with a unique talent and a perceptive eye..”


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Ramblings of an unkempt man

Ramblings of an unkempt man

“The ramblings of an unkempt man, but what ramblings….. Leyland speaks in tongues unlike any other poet we have known…”