It's an erotic classic yet it was written anonymously by a shy, intellectual French woman in honour of her secret lover….see this in the O..Observer
Histoire d'O (English title: "Story of O"…oh the joy! Wonderful… ) was published 1954 in French and is a fantasy of female submission (...hmmmm) about a Parisian fashion photographer who is subjected to one or all of the following at some stage and on various occasions: blindfolding, chained-up, whipped, branded, made to wear a mask, and ‘brainwashed’ to be on call at any hour for oral sex, vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse etc…oh, hang on that’s a bit much! More 'news' here...
In February 1955 this sadomasochistic novel won the French literature prize Prix des Deux Magots; even so the French authorities brought obscenity charges against the publisher. Since then there have been films and a TV series (when? where?!!!) It was written by Pauline Réage (yes, a woman), which was the nom de plume of Anne Desclos (1907-1998), who also wrote under the name of Dominique Aury...info and image (below) from the Wikipedia article (letter o) under various other meanings for 'O'.
Book...banned; film...banned; TV series...banned...it must be brilliant!!!!! It's all available now and would enlighten you all...go read!
P.S. Thanks to the nigh-on famous Gavin Corder for my new image...the O...pumping... and pumping ...oh dear...I've gone all faint again.