A former filmmaker has left Tinsel Town behind him for a new career writing erotic fiction at the age of 86, making him Britain's sauciest pensioner.
John Sealey, whose accolades include working as production manager for the 1970 hit film There's a Girl In My Soup, starring Goldie Hawn and Peter Sellers, claims his novel A Young Man's Awakening makes the explicit sexual drama Fifty Shades of Grey look tame.
But John, still maintains high standards.
“People who read my book say it's fantastic and that the sex scenes are a real turn on," he said.
Book cover for 'A Young Man's Awakening', by John Sealey. PA REAL LIFE
“It's actually erotic but not filthy," he added.
John was inspired to start writing novels in 1973 by an advert about a man looking for work who was inundated with calls from women wanting sex. He says his book is also “much better written" than Fifty Shades, which became an international literary and screen success after it was published in 2015.
One reason John's erotica reads so well, according to the author, is its feeling of authenticity, with his own rich and colorful life influencing the storyline.
Following the antics of Irish immigrant Michael, who is prompted to move to Liverpool by the potato famine, A Young Man's Awakening sees the inexperienced young Catholic plunged into a world of bare-knuckle boxing, brothels and prostitution.
“My book has the same sort of sexual content as 'Fifty Shades of Grey', but it's a much stronger story," John said.
“Michael works as a bouncer in a brothel. As a staunch Catholic, sex was seen as a sin outside of marriage."
“But there is open sex in all sorts of places, throughout the story," he added.
“I've been careful, though, to make sure it is entertaining and erotic – not pornographic. The key is to be as explicit as you can, but to inject warmth to the story and understanding, which is very difficult."
John Sealey, at his desk at home. PA REAL LIFE
A big help has been drawing on his own experience in order to navigate Michael's journey through the book.
John befriended a young prostitute in the course of work, when he was employed in the cutting room of Soho's famous Wardour Street, which back in the 1960s and 70s was dubbed “film street."
At the time, Soho was also known for its vice and John befriended a sex worker called "Maisie."
“She was beautiful and very ordinary," he said. “She had a room nearby and used to say, 'Come on, John. Come and have a drink with me.'"
In the end, he and Maisie had a relationship of sorts.
“I didn't really understand sex until I met her," he said.
“I never knew her real name – I just knew her by Maisie, her working name," he continued.
“She seduced me and said, 'I'm going to teach you how to treat a woman and how to make love to a woman.' She taught me to appreciate every part of a woman and to do things that I'd never dreamt of doing. I've never forgotten her."
Book cover for 'If A Wicked Man', by John Sealey. PA REAL LIFE
His time with Maisie even inspired John to name a character in A Young Man's Awakening after her.
“Michael sees all these girls walking around naked, but he's never had sex and the character based on Maisie has to teach him. It's a very explicit scene but is also very emotional," he added.
While John accepts that people may be shocked by the content of his novels, he feels it is important to be more open about sex.
“It feels wrong to me that in some parts of society sex is still taboo. Parents still don't even explain it to their own children and my parents didn't really explain sex to me," he said.
But John's formal upbringing did not hold him back. The love of his life was Shelley, a circus performer who he first romanced in 1965 when he was 31, but only married after they had been apart for 25 years.
A glamorous trapeze artist, they got chatting in a London wine bar and fell for each other instantly.
Shelley Sealey, John's late wife, was a circus performer and trapeze artist. PA REAL LIFE
But it wasn't plain sailing for the couple, who split up after just twelve months together.
John left her when a beautiful French woman caught his eye,
“We first lived together a long time ago," he said. “When we parted, it was my fault, because I fell for a French lady, which was a big mistake. I didn't see Shelley again for 25 years."
They got back in touch after John ran into a friend of Shelley's, who took his phone number down wrongly.
“Shelley tried every combination of the number under the sun until suddenly I answered the phone," he said.
“We got together again in 1990 and friends told me, 'The strange thing about Shelley was that she never really got involved with any other man'. She kept saying, 'No. One day I'm going to meet John again and we're going to get married. He's the only man I've ever loved.'"
John Sealey, who has penned an erotic novel, pictured with girlfriend Sue Britton. PA REAL LIFE
"And that's exactly what happened. I really loved her and always regretted what I did," he added.
“We were married in 1993 and had another 25 happy years together. She loved the circus and she had great friends. She was always jumping on tables to dance. She was beautifully mad."
Sadly, Shelley passed away in 2018, following problems with her stomach and kidneys.
But John found happiness again in 2019 with another glamorous girlfriend, 70-year-old Sue Britton, a former barmaid and pub owner.
“I'm very lucky – I've got a lovely girlfriend now," he said, explaining how he fell for neighbor, Sue, after she nursed him back to health following an operation which left him weighing just six stone.
“She is wonderful and we're in love. She's very attractive."
And the couple say they still have an active love life
“We're still very active, we're still very healthy and why can't we enjoy sex?" he added.
Growing up in the swinging Sixties helped to give John his liberal views.
“In those days, I would go to parties and finish up in bed with someone having great fun," he said.
“They were the best years of my life and gave me plenty of material to write about. I am very happy to be known as Britain's sauciest pensioner."
Sue, who reads John's books and thinks A Young Man's Awakening is brilliant, is similarly happy to be dating an octogenarian with so much get up and go.
“We have great fun together. We make each other laugh, which goes a long way," she said.
“We laugh all the time, usually at silly things."