How one man risked it all to provide for his three children.
Ben Foster works double shifts for minimum wage at a care home for boys with learning disabilities. With a young wife and three children under the age of five, he is ground down by poverty and debt.
With a small inheritance from his gran, Ben qualifies as a masseur and is introduced to the mysterious 'committee' - a group of society women with one thing in common: they adore sex and don't mind paying for it.
With his dark hair, blue eyes, and robust appendage that the ladies dub Big Ben, the shy careworker is drawn into a world of private jets, Parisian sex clubs, state secrets, endless lines of cocaine and orgies in country houses with a Who's Who of celebrities, MPs and the international super rich.
Ben Foster's true life story explores the extravagance of old and new wealth in today's Britain and reveals how the super rich can find no way to relieve their boredom other than with multiple partners and through sex lives that grow ever more kinky and erotic.
As Ben's bank account swells, he acquires a taste for the good life. But what will happen when his wife discovers he has been giving more than just massages...?
“Gigolo is a well-written memoir, exposing Ben's feelings such as how being desired by beautiful women boosted his lacking self-esteem. What I particularly liked is how it provides insight into London's class structure, like old money versus the Nouveau riche. I think both male and female readers will enjoy this wild ride.”
"A stunning and surreal look at class and power, this book is a revelation."
“Wow! This book holds nothing back as Ben writes about his life as a masseur that ends up being paid to do more than give massages to rich women. The author was honest in how he felt about what he was doing to make money and in how it impacted his marriage. Great hot and steamy read!”
Ben Foster, an ordinary guy, married with three kids and working hard to put food on the table, finds despite his efforts, his family are still forced to live hand to mouth. Having used a small inheritance to train as a masseur, he brings in a little extra income from the few clients he has managed to net. Late for an appointment one afternoon, fate appears to be on his side, and to his amazement, he is thrown into the world of opulence, grandeur, and sexy, well-preserved women with far too much money and time on their hands. They groom him, use him, but it is the enticement of money, bringing a better life for himself and his family, that drives him to make choices he would have never imagined making before, and all while overlooking the fact that the harder one plays, there always comes the time when one loses. This is a well-crafted and ingenious novel that hooked me from the very first page, written with extraordinary skill, and luring the reader into the lives of the characters with well-described settings that capture the atmosphere, the sex, the drugs, and the actions played out in each and every decadent scene. I whole-heartedly recommend this book and will without doubt, be reading more from this talented author. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
What a truly interesting book, is it real though??? It has certainly opened my eyes a bit.
Even if it's not real it is something that can happen so easily though, if you get sucked into a situation it really is possible. I thoroughly enjoy the writing and as we followed him on his journey where Ben Foster has his eyes opened by the rich. I also enjoyed learning about the various massages.
If you want your eyes opened to a whole different world, pick this up and let your imagination wander.
'Gigolo' is another example of how the poor are exploited by the rich. Ben Foster is just a nice guy who wants to work hard and support his family. He is picked up by a group of over privileged and seriously rich women who take advantage of his desperate need for money, in today's Austerity Britain, and use it to satisfy their own desires.
Interestingly, on the plus side, we see how just having a 'bit extra' every week changes his family by eliminating the stress and fear that poverty brings and allows them to have 'expectations.' His children do better in school, his wife decides to take some courses so she can get a better job. It's just a shame that he has to compromise himself and live a life of lies to achieve it.
If life is all about gaining experiences, then there is a lifetime of reading in this book. It is an extraordinary tale of a working class man seduced by glamour, sex and money. The honest writing and the self-depreciating charm of the author lifts Gigolo out of a mere 'confessions' memoir. It challenges the reader to ask - what would I do in Ben's shoes? Would I make the same decisions?
I was gripped from the opening chapter and what follows is a perfect storm of debauchery and entitlement, leading - almost inevitably - to a fall.
A superb read that leaves you with your head in a spin.
Clifford Thurlow’s “Gigolo” opened my eyes to the secret world of the rich, as the cover portrays. Sometimes we are so absorbed in our own lives that we don’t look out for what’s beyond us. I found Ben’s story not only intriguing but also thought provoking. Overall an entertaining showpiece!