Members only : the life and times of Paul Raymond, Soho's billionaire king of burlesque / Paul Willetts.

by Willetts, PaulLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Serpent's Tail, 2010.Description: 479 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781846687150.Other title: Life and times of Paul Raymond, Soho's billionaire king of burlesque.Subject(s): Raymond, Paul, 1925-2008Looking glass | Businesspeople -- Great Britain -- BiographyLooking glass | Striptease -- Great Britain -- History | Sex-oriented businesses -- Great BritainNote: Bibliography: pages 437-440. - Includes index.
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In the heyday of his sleaze empire, with his pencil moustache, gold jewellery and trademark fur coat, Paul Raymond was for many people the brash personification of nouveau riche vulgarity, posing proudly beside his customised Rolls Royce, a fat cigar protruding from his lips, a curvaceous showgirl on either arm. For other people, Margaret Thatcher among them, he exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that enabled a poor boy from Depression-era Liverpool to become Britain's richest man. Right up until he died on 2 March 2008, he was a controversial figure around whom scandal swirled. Paul Willetts follows Raymond from his strictly Catholic early life to the isolation, paranoia and extreme wealth of his old age.

Bibliography: pages 437-440. - Includes index.

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Paul Willetts is the author of four acclaimed works of non-fiction, the latest of these being Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms. Since making his literary debut with a biography of the Soho writer and dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross, he also edited four much-praised collections of Maclaren-Ross's writing. In parallel with these projects, he compiled and worked as co-photographer on Teenage Flicks, a jokey celebration of Subbuteo, featuring contributions by Will Self, Graham Taylor, David Baddiel and others. His journalism has appeared in the Independent, The Times, TLS,Spectator, Independent on Sunday and other publications.