Madonna's Sex book is most wanted

Madonna, 1987 Madonna was known for her racy image in the late 1980s and early 1990s

Madonna's explicit 1992 coffee-table book Sex is the most sought after out-of-print title in the US of the past 12 months, according to

The singer's limited-edition picture book caused controversy when it was first released for its risque images and went on to be a collector's item.

The book search engine's annual report tracks the 100 most searched-for out-of-print titles.

Promise Me Tomorrow, by US romance author Nora Roberts, came second. said the prolific author "actively persuaded her loyal fan base to avoid this early novel for years" and hoped the 1984 work would never be republished.

"We suspect a used bookshop is the only place you will find this title," it added.


1. Sex - Madonna

2. Promise Me Tomorrow - Nora Roberts

3. Rage - Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

4. My Pretty Pony - Stephen King

5. In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting - Ray Garton

6. Codex Seraphinianus - Luigi Serafini

7. Man in Black - Johnny Cash

8. Marilyn: A Biography - Norman Mailer

9. Arithmetic Progress Papers - H Henry Thomas

10. Mandingo - Kyle Onstott


Horror writer Stephen King occupies two spots in the top five.

His 1977 novel Rage, written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, is at three, while 1989 short story My Pretty Pony is ranked at four.

The Top 10 also features Johnny Cash's memoir Man In Black and a Marilyn Monroe biography by Norman Mailer.

Other notable books on the list include Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days by JR Hartley - a title inspired by a famous 1980s Yellow Pages advert.

Among the new entries tin this year's Top 100 was knitting expert Alice Starmore's Tudor Roses, a book featuring "sweater designs inspired by the Tudor royals".

According to, Sarah Bradford's 1989 biography of George VI, The Reluctant King, had been in "steady demand" following the release of Colin Firth film The King's Speech.

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