In this affectionate and witty memoir [Tate] tells of her brief foray into the fantastical, untamed and gaudy world of prostitution.
The memoir is beautifully written, occasionally rather shocking, but is hard to put down, and can be very funny indeed.
Readers of a shockable disposition should avoid this book - everyone else should rush out and buy a first edition. It is a jaw-dropping account of Soho prostitutes in the late 1940s - a world Barbara (Babs Tate) knew as she worked for one as her maid...She always said she wanted to paint one perfect picture before she died: she has certainly written one perfect book
Fascinating, heart-warming and a little bit shocking. I couldn't put this down
A truly fascinating, entertaining and heart-warming glimpse into some of Soho's most eccentric and outrageous characters
Her book acknowledges with humility and grace, as well as wit, how close she came to living the tough, funny and colourful but ultimately tragic life she describes
Not only is this memoir told with candour and compassion but it also affords a fascinating glimpse into a lurid byway of London's social history...Tate's memoir fizzes with anecdotes and the quality of her writing is superb