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ROSEMARY KINGSLAND
Hussy


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Sphere, London, 1980
(price: £1.00; 192 pages)


The blurb on the back:

Hussy – The beautiful, sensual hostess who lived for the thrills of today and tried to forget tomorrow.
Hussy – Adrift in a twilight world where prostitution, drugs and death were a game for anyone prepared to pay the ultimate price.
Hussy – She fell in love with a man who would stop at nothing to take her over the edge of ecstasy.


opening lines:
Beaty couldn’t see the man in the shadows: only a furtive rustle and a soft, sighing breathing revealed his presence.


I don’t know if Helen Mirren makes a big thing on her CV of this 1980 movie, but somehow one doubts it. I haven’t seen the film myself, but there’s nothing here that suggests it’s anything other than a dull tease.

Our heroine is a hostess in an upmarket club and, well, that’s about as far as I got, to be honest. I wasn’t inspired and, from what I could tell, nor was Ms Kingsland. The book’s adapted from the script by first-time writer/director Matthew Chapman.

tasty
scenes from the movie


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


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