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Mattress Actress

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Mattress Actress is the story of Annika Cleeve's eighteen years as a sex worker.

Her troubled childhood in Queensland led to working in a brothel on the Sunshine Coast at the age of fifteen, and from there Annika worked her way up to the high-end parlours, agencies and private work in various parts of Australia and internationally.

In this book Annika reveals the truth of a
ebook, 366 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by Momentum
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Annika Cleeve
I wrote it, so I am slightly bias.
Jim Vrckovski
This is a very entertaining and inspirational read. I enjoyed this book very much because it gave an excellent account of a true survivor.

Essentially it's the story of a lady with a horrible childhood that becomes a sex worker and has a child along the way. She continues to explain the innards of the sex industry in a very entertaining manner. There is a happy ending - no pun intended - and she eventually finds true love.

Excellent book, especially if you are from Australia.
Aussie Jo
Never have I read a book that is more succinct than this. It had amazing pace and although if you stripped it back it was mostly around the one main subject, it was very interesting and offered a fantastic insight to the psychological aspects of the Author....Annika Cleeve.
Often an autobiography offers sections that are light on interest, merely forming a path to main events. This certainly was not the case in 'Mattress Actress', great content and all backed up with an insight to the mindset tha
Anne Treasure
Wow. Intensely revelatory about life as a prostitute. Some very interesting stories.
Miss-neisha Lipschitz
A refreshing and honest account of life as a sex worker.
I say 'refreshing' because it isn't a trite story that takes readers on a journey of 'once upon a time I was a drug addict that funded my habit with sex work' like many other sex work memoirs seem to be. I enjoyed reading the tale of a woman doing what she felt was necessary to improve her circumstances in life.
This book pulls no punches, doesn't sugar coat and keeps you engaged til the very end.
The only negative is that there isn't a se
This book, based purely on the skill of the writing inside, is pretty much exactly what a memoir needs to be. Smart, sharp, succinct yet explanatory--it ticks all the boxes. One online dictionary defines a memoir as 'a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.' Mattress Actress does this.
Then we look at the content.
Annika Cleeve lived a life that much of society refuses to discuss or acknowledge. She moved within circles that most w
Sam Hendricks
Smart, poignant, well written, and humorous yet self-deprecating-I enjoyed every page. Annika pulled back the mysterious red curtain and invited her readers into the strange (no different) world of sex professionals. This wonderful book tells it like it is and does not glamorize the work, but gives a glimpse of how and why the girls may be there. In fact, it presents the trials and tribulations in a realistic and down to earth manner.

An honest revelation of a sex worker that really makes you thi
Jaz Sinner
Loved the book couldn't put it down (and that doesn't happen very often). It really gives a positive perspective to a socially unacceptable profession. Not all sex workers are drug addicts (but a lot are). I have respect for Annika because she did it sober and for a very good cause (her daughter). She has led a very interesting life with many stories to tell. Highly reccommend this book
Naomi Gunton
Loved every minute of this book, it was an honest and raw account of Annika's life, and she's intensely likeable and an excellent writer. I give it 4.5/5 stars. I am usually a slow leader and have 3 books on the go for a year, but I read Mattress Actress in 3 days - I absolutely could not put it down!
- Naomi Gunton
I couldn't put this book down until I had devoured all of it. It is insightful, funny, emotive and inspiring. It also gives you a new found respect for those marginalised by society that live outside the 'scope of justice'. Simply a good read!
This was one of those books which I thought sounded interesting and compelling. Unfortunately I was quite mistaken in this assumption.
My first impression was that the author heard of the phenomenal success enjoyed by Belle De Jour with her diary series, which have gone on to become a huge success in the UK and elsewhere. Unfortunately, Ms Cleve doesn't possess the almost poetic literary skills which flow from Ms DeJour's writing.
My overall feeling after reading this book was one of disappointm
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Prostitution is never the first choice for most young ladies when contemplating their future careers in high school. It generally comes about from a lack of viable alternatives. Often there is a sense of worthlessness that builds over years leading to this decision.

In my case I was homeless by aged 14. No ID, no birth certificate and not old enough to get a job to shelter and feed me I took to str
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