Book of the night

While perusing the shelves in his local bookshop recently, Tulkinghorn came across a little-known tome entitled The Comfort of Sin: Prostitutes and Prostitution in the 1990s. What is perhaps more surprising is that the author, writing under the pseudonym of Richard Goodall, is actually a partner at Radcliffes Le Brasseur. Not hitherto known as a particularly saucy firm, Tulkinghorn investigated further, wondering whether this might be a book he would have to keep hidden from Mrs Tulkinghorn's prying eyes. But it is in fact an intelligent analysis of a serious issue.
'Goodall's' view is this: 'The moral pollution brought about by the indiscriminate display on television and in print of intimate sexual details is infinitely more abominable than the provision of a modern, controlled and reasonably aseptic brothel.” A fair point, surely. Tulkinghorn's only question is simply where Goodall gleaned the necessary experience to write such a comprehensive study. According to his biography, Goodall has not experienced life as a pimp (his career spans life as a telephonist, shorthand typist, customs clearance clerk and travel agent). Then again, Goodall has also written a book called The Myth of Divorce and yet he's never been divorced (he has three children and married his first and only wife in 1963). Go figure, but if you wish to read more, then both are published by Renaissance Books.