"Virginity loss can be the inspiration for some epic stories. As people spoke to me, they spun tales of shame and joy. Their stories contained breathtaking romance and mind-numbing mundanity, often in the same sentence. They talked about great expectations and equally grand disappointments. I watched as people revived ghosts from the past, and laid them to rest. Sometimes it seemed as if these ghosts were right there in the room with us. I felt like I was mining a rich and untapped seam of personal history"
- Kate Munro, from her Introduction