The British-born, German-raised writer Charlotte Roche burst onto the literary scene with her novel Wetlands. The book was praised in some quarters for its unflinching portrayal of female sexuality and its no-nonsense approach to the body, and achieved considerable commercial success – in 2008 it was the best-selling novel in the world for a time – but it was also criticised as pornographic, crude and disgusting.
Roche’s latest book is Mädchen für Alles, which will be published in English later this year as Girl Friday. It tells the story of a mother who embarks on a torrid affair with her child’s female nanny and it is every bit as frank and graphic as Roche’s previous books.
Charlotte Roche joined Hephzibah Anderson on stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair to discuss why sex is so important in her writing, why her work has angered some feminists and the difference between the British and German sense of humour.