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The Husband Swap: A True Story of Unconventional Love
Louisa Leontiades

Publication Date: May 1, 2015 (second edition)
Formats: Trade paperback, Kindle and ePub
ISBN: 978-0-9913997-4-1 (paperback); 978-0-9913997-3-4 (ePub)
Price: US$14.99 / £9.99 (softcover); US$7.99 / £4.99 (e-book)

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Louisa and Gilles love each other. There’s a problem in paradise, though: their marriage is going nowhere. Together, they decide to explore polyamory, the idea that it’s possible to have more than one lover—and more than one love. They fall in love with another couple and, embarking on a life-changing course, try to make it work as a quad. Their journey liberates them from the constraints of their unhappy marriage and propels them into a world where they embrace a new way of loving. But this liberation comes with a price. They are challenged in ways they didn’t expect, and the experiment takes them to a place they didn’t anticipate. They must learn to accept a new understanding of relationships, each other and themselves.

With raw and intimate prose, Louisa Leontiades unflinchingly shares her story, with all its drama, passion, joy and conflict as she and her husband stumble, make mistakes, and look for a path to a sustainable polyamorous future. This is not a how-to manual or a guide to polyamory. It is the true story of four ordinary people who challenged monogamy to pursue a utopia of limitless love.

Polyamorous people and people who have experimented with open relationships will recognize themselves in this story. Readers who are unfamiliar with non-monogamy can find ideas that may help them avoid some of the mistakes Leontiades and her partners have made. This second edition has been fully reedited and features substantial new material.

Lessons in Love and Life to My Younger Self: A Companion Guide to The Husband Swap
Louisa Leontiades with Eve Rickert

Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Formats: Kindle and ePub
ISBN: 978-0-9964601-0-1 (paperback); 978-0-9913997-9-6 (e-book)
Price: US$9.99 (paperback); $4.99 (e-book)

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Opening your relationship can burn more painfully than anything you’d ever expect. Love and limitless possibilities might sound great on paper, but what happens when your dream castles are consumed by fire? Do you go back to monogamy, or can you rise again out of the ashes? Louisa Leontiades shares the lessons she took away from her first experience in an open relationship, a polyamorous quad whose history she chronicles in her memoir, The Husband Swap.

Lessons in Love and Life to My Younger Self is the companion guide to the memoir. If you could travel back in time to give yourself advice, what would you say? What does opening your relationship teach you about the nature of life, love and yourself? Could they have avoided the heartache? Did the experience bring limitless love and possibilities, or was it all just one huge mistake?

Candid, honest, and eye-opening, The Husband Swap is as unforgettable as it is unconventional.

—Clint Travis, Reviewer’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

The Husband Swap gives a much-needed peek at the always-entertaining world of polyamory and quads. It’s wonderful reading for anyone curious about the possibilities of love beyond monogamy.
—Arianne Cohen, author of The Sex Diaries Project

Hilarious. Poignant. Thrillingly erotic. Mind-opening. Heartbreaking.
Louisa Leontiades has a powerful voice and the courage to live into her questions.
— Lucy H. Pearce, author of The Rainbow Way and Moon Time

Read this book carefully. There are excellent lessons in it, like a lovely coral reef
below turbulent waves.
—from the foreword by Noël Lynne Figart, author of The Polyamorous Misanthrope

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story involving polyamory, and to poly newcomers for an open-eyed look at some of what can go wrong in a poly relationship.
—Jessica Burde, author of Polyamory on Purpose

Louisa Leontiades


A freelance writer originally from the UK, Louisa Leontiades lives in an open relationship with her partners and two children in Sweden. She writes full-time on her blog, Postmodern Woman, and is chairwoman of Sweden’s National Polyamory Association. She also writes for The Huffington Post, Salon, Nerve, Jezebel and The Guardian. She lives a life that makes for a lot of stories.