Derek Parker was Educated at Fowey Grammar School, and started his working life as a reporter on The Cornishman, a weekly newspaper in Penzance, going on to become drama critic of the daily Western Morning News in Plymouth. Having made his first radio broadcast at the age of fifteen, he left newspapers to join the staff of TWW, an independent television station in Cardiff, Wales, as announcer, newscaster, scriptwriter, presented and interviewer. From 1960 he worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster. Between 1965 and 1970 he edited Poetry Review, and in 1968 published (as his first prose book) a short biography of Lord Byron. During the 1960s he wrote and introduced innumerable programmes for both the domestic and World Service of the BBC, most of them concerned with the arts. He reviewed television and books for The Times and various periodicals. He has been a member of the Grand Council of the Royal Academy of Dance, and was for many years a member its Executive Committee, for some time as chairman of its Development Committee. He has been chairman of the Radiowriters’ Committee of the Society of Authors, was for two years (1981-2) chairman of its Management Committee, and between 1985 and 2002 edited its journal, The Author. He remains a member of its Council. Between 1969 and 2002 he was a member of the General Committee of the Royal Literary Fund (as Registrar between 1977 and 2002).
His publications include: The Fall of Phaethon (poems, 1954); Company of Two (poems, with Paul Casimir, 1955); Beyond Wisdom (verse play, 1957); Byron and his World (1968); The Twelfth Rose (ballet libretto, 1969); The Question of Astrology (1970); The Westcountry (1973); John Donne and his World (1975); Familiar to All: William Lilly and 17th century astrology (1975); Radio: the great years (1977); The Westcountry and the Sea (1980); The Memoirs of Cora Pearl (fiction, as William Blatchford, 1983); Fifteen erotic novels, published anonymously (1988-96); God of the Dance: Vaslav Nijinsky (1988); The Trade of Angels (fiction, 1988); The Royal Academy of Dancing: the first 75 years (1995); Writing Erotic Fiction (1995); Nell Gwyn (2000); Roman Murder Mystery: the true story of Pompilia (2001); Casanova (2002); Benvenuto Cellini (2004); Voltaire (2005); Outback (2008); Banjo Paterson (2009) (2010); Governor Macquarie (2010) He has collaborated with his wife, Julia Parker, on over thirty other books, including The Compleat Astrologer and Parkers’ Astrology.
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The Girls at 123
Nicole runs 123, the best brothel in Australia. The story of how she, an English girl, came to set up her house and find Tom (who delights the rich ladies of Mosman), Bes, Cindy and Jan (each of whom has her own story of discovering sex and how pleasant it is to pass on their own ejoyment) is as much fun as it is erotic and spirited.
Sex at Silversands - V
V – Josh has become the official photographer to a small fashion house: one of the models, a beautiful but inexperienced young lady, needs an intimate adjustment to her pussy, and Josh’s old-fashioned razor is useful; he becomes besotted with her body, and she enjoys his introduction to the pleasures of sex.
Sex at Silversands - Two
Young Paul finds that his father’s accountant turns out to be a nubile young Thai woman, who teaches him more about figures than he had dared to hope; meanwhile, Nicole’s girl-friend Laura surprises her by being more friendly than she expected. Both Paul and Nicole profit from the lessons they learn, and pass their experiences on to each other.
Sex at Silversands -One
Silversands – that wonderful stretch of beach somewhere on the coast of New South Wales – weaves its erotic magic on everyone who strays onto it. In this first of a series of stories we meet Paul and Nicole, their adopted daughter Olivia and her partner Josh, whose relationship is highly unconventional . . .
Sex at Silversands - III
Silversands has been loaned to a film company, and Olivia finds it impossible to stay out of the porn film they are making on the beach; meanwhile Josh, in London to study photography, learns more about the sex than just how to draw nudes from twin sister strippers Sam and Steph.
An erotic novel in which a brother and sister search Europe and the Far East for happy and satisfactory sex.
The Complete Sex at Silverside
Five short erotic stories set in a secluded beach in Australia, where the sun always shines, and the family who live there are open to visitors.
Nell Gwyn and King Charles' Other Ladies
'Rais’d from a dung-hill to a king’s embrace', pretty, witty Nell Gwyn was the one among many of the mistresses of King Charles II he loved above all the many others. Derek Parker tells the story of her career, from child prostitute to popular actress and mistress of the king - and of the machinations of his other 'ladies'.
Pompilia: A Roman Murder Mystery
An account of the trial of Count Franceschini for the murder of his wife Pompilia at a time when it was excusable to kill an adulterous wife. But was Pompilia guiltyof adultery with a handsome young priest? The most notorious trial of the seventeenth century.
The Art of Love
Poets celebrate everything one lover can do with or to another lover: vaginal, oral and anal sex, voyeurism, masturbation and orgies, dressing and undressing, mutual orgasms and premature ejaculation – sometimes in language so frank that their poems were unpublishable untilrecently. Few erotic stories in prose can equal the wit and elegance and the simple torrid sexuality of these verses.
'Death, Thou shalt Die': The Life of John Donne
The greatest poet and the greatest preacher of his time, John Donne rose from poverty and obscurity to the position of Dean of St Paul's, a confident of King Charles and - his early poems too erotic to be published - a scourge of sinners whose daughter owned the most popular brothel in London.
A History of Western Astrology
Ronald Reagan, the Emperor Caligula, Claudius, Ptolemy, St Augustine, Queen Elizabeth I and Heinrich Himmler - what have they in common? An interest in astrology. Readers of today's 'star-sign' columns may be unaware of the vast history of astrology and its influence on governments and rulers - and ordinary folk. Here is a history of astrology from 2000 BC to the present day.
Franz Liszt, described as 'the greatest pianist who ever lived', was one of the most sensational figures of his age, his prowess at the keyboard accompanied by sensational good looks. Adored by the public his reputation as a lover made him notorious even after he took religious orders and became the Abbe Liszt. This short biography tells the astonishing story of his life.
Byron: The Impossible Hero
George Gordon, Lord Byron became famous because of a poem - then became notorious because of his private life. Those who have never read a line of his poetry think of him as a dashing lover whose mistresses included his half-sister, and half the women in Italy. This short biography follows him from London to Venice and on to his death fighting for freedom in Greece.
The Memoirs of Cora Pearl
Cora Pearl was the last and most notable of the great courtesans of Paris, who during the years of the Second Empire rose to become the mistress of Prince Napoleon – and also of many of the most notable aristocrats of Paris. Her memoirs provides an astonishingly detailed account of the sexual behaviour of the time, and is the most revealing and frank sexual document of the 19th century.
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