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Lyn: A story of prostitution Unknown Binding – 1987


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  • Unknown Binding: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Attic Press (1987)
  • ISBN-10: 0946211469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946211463
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
A great read - coming from the background which I do - a former female escort and prostitute in Milton Keynes - this book meant so much to me. Like Lyn, I have managed to pull myself from the dirty streets and into a better lifestyle. I hope this book inspires others, like myself, to leave the vicious circle which is prostitution and make a better life for themselves. Sometimes I miss those dark, cold streets but this book made me realise exactly how far I had come in the last two years. Inspiring.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2000
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This book is one of the most harrowing and shocking accounts of life on the streets of Dublin that has ever been written. One can easily relate to Lyn as we are shown her life story as a woman and not just as a prostitute. The story is told in a matter of fact way without glamour or effect. It is harrowing, violent and articulate. This is a true story that portrays for once the other side of Dublins Fair City in present times. This book was written in a time where the majority of Dublins population were oblivious to the cities murkier side, its organised crime and its violent pimps. This is a fantastic book which offers excellent insight into the reasons that prostitution is one of the worlds oldest trades. You will never forget Lyn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Campbell79 on 30 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Not really sure why I purchased this book, perhaps it was linked to another I was buying, anyway, I was not disappointed with this book.

It is truly shocking to think that this type of life continues to be led - how someone can pick themselves up, dust themselves down and turn their lives around for the better after going through some of experiences that Lyn has is amazing.

Read this book and think about it the next time you moan over something minor! Very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kilbride on 28 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I suppose I was not unusual in thinking that prostitution was a largely victimless crime. Of course I understood that some where driven to it out of drug addition and that it was not something I would want my daughter to do. What I failed to appreciate was how many women find themselves in this desolate role as a consequence of child abuse and neglect and how this abuse continued at the at the hands of `boyfriends' and pimps; often one and the same person.

This book has really impacted on me; it is a sad story told by a woman destroyed and controlled by those she wanted so much to love. A tale of brutality that took me completely out of my comfort zone which at times was difficult to read but impossible not to. Anyone wanting a voyeuristic traverse of the sexual underworld move on, this is for those of us who sometimes forget how life can be for those we so often choose to pass by in life. An outstanding work from a remarkable woman, read this you will appreciate the sometimes disturbing journey.

I would also hugely recommend her follow up book Lyn's Escape.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orna on 20 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
A captivating, yet harrowing read. The true ongoings in the life of the prostitute. The fears, anxieties, concerns etc regarding doing the right thing. The fear of living a so-called "normal" life. I liked the sense of humour the main character of the book portrayed, which is probably what helped her survive I imagine.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2002
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I read this book while on holiday with my family and to say it effective me is to put it mildly. What Lyn and I can only imagine what every other child and women in prostitution goes through is unspeakable brutality. The general public inlcuding myself are so ignorant of what goes on and in our ignorance and arrogance condemn and look down our noses at the women and children both boys and girls who everyday go and risk their lives dealing with lunatics, preverts and the sick people of society not to mentionthe people who live off them. This book is so well written that you feel like shouting at times, becuase you know when you turn the pages something awful is going to happen.
I can't praise this book enough and it goes without saying read it, its an eye opener of what life is really like in so called Holy Ireland!
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Brilliant read told so well and honestly read this book a number of Times and never get tired of it.
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