Arriving in London, Hayleigh finds work as lap dancer ‘Layla’, intent on earning enough cash to make a fresh start. She has the wit, the looks and skilful moves, exploiting men before they can exploit her. But over the course of a chaotic week she must make the biggest decision of her life and fight for the one thing she truly wants.
This is a brilliant and moving novel, imaginatively powerful and authentically conceived. Thirty years after the resounding success of Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City, and written in a similarly intense second-person narrative, Layla speaks for a new generation.
"A really compelling read... the style reflected the whirlwind of Hayleigh’s life – fast-paced, constantly moving from one chaotic episode or memory to the next... the emotional and psychological impact of the industry were also painfully evoked... As with real life testimonies, [Layla] acknowledged that women’s feelings about and experiences of lap dancing are often complex and mixed, and a bleak picture emerged more gradually, in a poignant way." - Sarah Mathewson, OBJECT
Also available as an eBook
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (20 Feb. 2014)
Size: 129mm x 198mm