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During the 1980s, a childhood friend inherited a suburban brothel from her former husband. After listening for many years to her wild and bizarre tales, I decided to chronicle the conversations and use them as the inspiration for Hard Money.
My friend arranged for me to speak with a ‘madam’ well known to her, Miss Lulu. The madam’s immediate enthusiasm for the project enabled me to tap into a wealth of material. I was invited to sit in the girl’s lounge room to hear the gossip and assigned a small office area for interviews and surveys.
The pivotal character of Hard Money is the madam of the brothel, Miss Lulu, who takes an unusual approach to running a business notorious for its use of heavy-handed tactics. Miss Lulu is a kind and caring employer who often puts her employees’ happiness and harmony before profit making. Her co-stars in this theatre of social deviancy are an eclectic group of women who, during their working day, accept a reality of life that most people prefer to ignore.
The story The Girls’ Room features candid conversations between the prostitutes while they’re discussing customers. Other stories include recounts of the physical machinations the workers experience during bookings and their emotional reactions to them.
Each story is graphically recounted and has a humorous undertone. In crafting the commentary, I’ve attempted to give readers an insight into the motives of both sex workers and their clients. The stories range from titillating to the weird and comical. The characters have a diverse range of personalities, moral beliefs, and ethnicities, and are far from stereotypical. Throughout the book are ‘factual inserts’ of interesting statistics and general observations of the people I interviewed. I include many happy endings, not always the expected one!
on June 05, 2013 :
By Suzzana C Ryan
I read this book the other day and it was so informative. It gave me insight to an industry that intrigues me. It made me see all these women in such a different light. It made me laugh and it aroused me. Miss Lulu is a total professional. "You horny" great real life character. Now comes the best part, each story about their clients. LMAO...Golden Showers...hillarious and my favorite john "Big Josh", I have such a weakness for big men. This book was well written the author has a wonderful sense of humour. I recommend this book highly. Fast reading and again quite enlightening.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on June 02, 2013 :
What an insight. Puts a human face on a very misunderstood industry. Really got to know Miss Lulu and the girls. I also hope some of those clients read it as well.
Thank you Verity for such a wonderful mix of humour and erotica.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Feb. 01, 2013 :
An intelligent, thoughtful account of life in a Sydney brothel. Factually based, it is almost journalistic in style yet the author delivers the stories of the characters with sensitivity. It is a highly amusing read with many erotic moments. A fine achievement by a courageous and dedicated author.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Nov. 28, 2012 :
Interesting, arousing and humorous all at once. 'Hard Money-The Naked Truth' contains graphic, yet erotically written sex scenes, with 'real' and engaging characters. My wife and I can highly recommend this book to couples and singles alike.
(reviewed the day of purchase)