Romance book publisher Mills and Boon has released new data identifying Western Sydney and Toowoomba as hotspots for adult literature.
The data suggests that romantic fiction is most popular in regional, working-class towns and outer-city suburbs across Australia.
Coming in at number one is Penrith where 11,000 Mills & Boon books were sold last year – the most in the country.
Toowoomba in Queensland is in second place with 10,457 erotic books sold, which equates to one in 10 adults.
Shepparton is home to Victoria’s most prolific fans of erotic fiction, Launceston topped the rankings for Tasmania and Bunbury claimed the mantle for Western Australia.
Before Penrith-siders go bragging, being named the ‘sex capital’ doesn’t mean Penrith is the best at sex. According to Sexologist Isiah McKimmie, people may be buying these books as a source of inspo or to improve.
“There is so much that we’re not taught about sex, what it can involve and how to really enjoy it, people are naturally curious about this,” Ms McKimmie told News Corp.
“Erotic novels can also be a great source of education and inspiration for what is possible in a sexual relationship.”