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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so I am slightly bias.
Scott Roberts
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like the book cover and story plot. I give this book 5 stars.
Aussie Jo
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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
Sam Hendricks
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Miss-neisha Lipschitz
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jaz Sinner
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Anne Treasure
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Wow. Intensely revelatory about life as a prostitute. Some very interesting stories.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Naomi Gunton
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Very torn on this one. My rating would probably be 3 1/2.
It's easy and interesting reading, but my gut feeling is that it's not entirely a true story.
Maybe she really did work as a prostitute, who knows, but a lot of this doesn't ring true. There's a lot of contradictions. Her names changes to Eve and Erica from Cleo and Kate. I see this was printed under a different name as Eve, so I guess that's easily explained how one "eve" got through, but it did add the skepticism I already had.
The pros
Nadhirah Nazarudin
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Half way through the book, it gets super draggy and repetitives thus the 3month long reading journey.

A story of 11 years old that got into being a sex worker, nice to know and all, but it couldnt capture my heart and attention. I read this until the end just to know how it ends.

The ending's also seems rushed
John James
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I must admit, I only read this as research for a book I'm working on, but it's an interesting story. It's not the best-written autobiography I've read, but it's honest and entertaining.
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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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