Out on 20 June 2024

How Was It for You?

Eve Smith

20 June 2024
320 pages


'Unflinching . . . Everyone should read this book' - Emily Edwards, author of The Herd
'It is heartening to find humour and a glimmer of hope' - Jo Brand

The author of How Was It for You? is a sex worker. Let’s call her ‘Eve’. Eve is someone’s partner. Someone’s mother. And she has worked across the sex industry for twenty years: in a brothel, as an escort, in a strip club, online and as a dominatrix. In this candid memoir she reveals all: the good stuff, the bad, the downright ugly, and the boring bits too.

Responding to the relentless attacks on sex work by MPs and the police, as well as trying to make sense of the pitiful opportunities for progression in minimum wage jobs, Eve takes an informed look at the parts of the system which, perhaps more than ever, make it impossible for people with fewer opportunities to thrive. We lie with her poolside as she visits wealthy clients at their Caribbean villas. We watch from the public gallery as she is dragged in and out of court by the law. We perch at her side in a cell as she contemplates the true meaning of freedom. And we’re with her as she discovers she's pregnant and her body is given another job to do: growing and giving birth to a baby.

Honest, eye-opening, full of fury but frequently funny, How Was It for You? is a compelling commentary on what’s happening in society’s shadows, and a walk in someone else’s high heels that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Eve Smith is a pseudonym. Any links to persons living or dead is coincidental.

In the shadowy world of sex work, something which most of us know little about, it is heartening to find humour and a glimmer of hope.
Everyone should read this book.