Mattress Actress by Annika Cleeve

Mattress Actress

By Annika Cleeve

  • Release Date: 2012-09-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 226 Ratings
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Mattress Actress is the story of Annika Cleeve's eighteen years as a sex worker.

Her troubled childhood in Queensland led to working in a brothel on the Sunshine Coast at the age of fifteen, and from there Annika worked her way up to the high-end parlours, agencies and private work in various parts of Australia and internationally.

In this book Annika reveals the truth of a sex worker's life; the clients, the

girls, the parlour bosses, the rip-off merchants, the drug deaths, the white slavery, the discrimination, the corrupt police and politicians, the exotic travel and the money.

Mattress Actress is a revealing and gutsy look at someone practising the world's oldest profession in the late twentieth century. From wide-eyed innocent to experienced and successful professional, Annika's story is both shocking and highly entertaining.

"Annika Cleeve is not her real name but this is her real story: a raw and honest account of life in the raw as a new recruit to the oldest profession." – Andrew Rule

Also published as Eve: Confessions of an International Call Girl by Monsoon Books


  • Amazing insight into a taboo world

    By Fukzor
    Really well written, brutally honest account of life as a prostitute, single mum and successful business women
  • Wow!!!

    By Helen Camille
    I couldn't put this book down, it was brutally truthful,witty and charismatic all rolled into one. I don't think I have ever read a book and felt every emotion through and through, I fist pumped the air when she had a little win, I got angry every time some hurt her, I teared up when it was all a devastating pile of chaos. As the old questions go "if you could have anyone at your dinner party who would it be?" My answer Annika and Richard Branson! Thank you Annika for putting your life's work out there, you are brave,strong and you are defiantly loveable!
  • Amazing

    By Wid89
    This book is truly the best written book I've read, I felt apart of anneka the whole time as if I were there.
  • Healing!

    By Mintiz488
    This book is truly amazing & written by a very courageous & strong woman! I related so well to Annika's abuse, being a child sexual abuse victim for 8years, I've struggled sexually with my partner. But thanks to Annika, I found an inner peace and learnt it was MY body, I learnt to have fantasy & desires and not harm myself for having them. I've come along way since then. You can have your names for her and call her awful. But to me, she was the best damn psychologist I ever had! Must read for all SURVIVORS!!
  • better

    By Marganda9
    if your not ashamed of your past why conceal your name? I wish you did something good to make up being screwed by someone else's husband.
  • Emotional Reading

    By Saynt_n_Sinna
    Loved the brutal honesty reading this book.... I would definitely recommend. Thanks for writing a book that wouldn't of been easy to put in black and white for all the world to read.
  • Fascinating, honest, well written

    By Miss Under H2O
    A fascinating insight into a world that for many is taboo. This honest and well written story is great read and will open your eyes, mind and heart.
  • Mattress Actress

    I suspect that this is not a true and factual biography! Too many conflicting mistakes! But, a good yarn!
  • Little dubious

    By Miss Michy
    This was well written and certainly easy to read, I finished in one afternoon and did enjoy it. However...I kept questioning the timing and overlapping of events, there wasn't quite a sense of continuity. Something about the timeframes just don't work, i felt like it was more fiction than fact. Also beginning to wonder if these were only Annika's stories or whether she'd also included others experiences and passed them off as her own. I wouldn't read this again, a sense of smugness was evident throughout but as I said it is easy to read and thought provoking.
  • Mattress Actress

    By Jane, Jane, Jane of the Jungle
    I really enjoyed this book