'Girl with a one-track mind' drops British men

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 11.11.06

London, Nov. 10 (Reuters): Award-winning UK sex blogger turned successful author Abby Lee has just about had her fill of dating introverted British men — so much so that she is considering moving to New York to take a sabbatical from them.

Her book Girl With a One-Track Mind: Confessions of the Seductress Next Door has sold over 40,000 copies in Britain, and has been in the UK’s top 20 non-fiction paperback chart for the last 12 weeks.

The book catalogues Lee’s sex life over a year — the one-night stands, casual flings and same-sex relationships — all recorded in intimate detail.

But she has reached an impasse with the British male and has high hopes the American species will provide better material.

“I find Englishmen’s half-hearted approach to dating so tiresome,” 33-year-old Lee — whose real name is Zoe Margolis — said.

“The only way Englishmen can relate to women is when they’re drunk. I’ve met some really open-minded guys in the US, where in England there is much more of a laddish, soccer culture.”

Lee rejects the suggestion she is Britain’s answer to Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, who established a reputation for breaking taboos with talk of sex toys and intimate acts.

“The route to happiness in Sex and the City was about making money and having a lot of clothes and shoes,” said Lee. “For me it’s not about materialism, it’s about finding the answers in yourself.”

Sporting a pierced tongue, Lee is as frank in person as she is in print, arguing that her attitude to sex is the result of her liberal upbringing.

“My parents were hippies who had a progressive attitude to sex. I remember being barely out of nappies and going on demos and marches and I was brought up to question how society conditions us to act and think in certain ways.”

She won the book deal after her blog — www.girlwithaone trackmind.blogspot.com — attracted millions of visitors and won the Best British or Irish Blog at the 2006 Bloggies Awards.