Sex And The Married Girl Mandi Norwood Hodder Mobius $143 The issue of sex and the single girl is so over, it seems. The big read this summer is about what goes on after you tie the knot. 'We have no hesitation asking our single friends, 'How's your love life?' Cringe at the thought we'd ever ask our married friends, 'So how's your marriage?' Too intrusive, too bold, none of our damn business,' writes author Mandi Norwood, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and herself a smug married - which is where her book comes in. Sex And The Married Girl lifts the lid on the ups and downs of the modern marriage, exploring its dynamics from a female perspective and discussing female behaviour within it. Topics range from keeping your identity, career and bank account to infidelity, lust and lies, interspersed with savvy, if somewhat unconventional, advice on nuptial know-hows such as mother-in-law control and oral sex. A bit like sitting in on a girls' night out, each chapter is packed with anecdotes and quotes from Norwood's 'friends', which support the various points she makes and bolster the book's general opinion that we should thank our lucky stars we aren't our downtrodden mothers. In true Cosmo style, some of the women interviewed have candidly kissed and told, and there are certain stories that readers of a more gentle persuasion might find belong to the 'more information than we need to know' category. And although Norwood's chipper tone can grate, the book makes compelling reading. Interesting facts are backed with up-to-date statistics and research data, and many comments will have you nodding in agreement or at least confirm that whatever the state of your relationship, you're not alone. While it doesn't claim to have all the answers to creating happy post-nuptial relationships and acknowledges that marriage will 'exasperate and irritate', Norwood hopes her book will enable modern women to make their relationships work. However, don't expect the usual self-help manual: this is more a reaffirmation that girl power is alive and kicking even after you have bagged your man.