Both the Ladies and the Gentlemen - William DonaldsonTalmy Franklin, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise but slightly musty.
From the cover: “As I might well be the only ponce with a pen, it was of some importance that I keep a record of the various comings and goings. So speaks William Donaldson, old Wykehamist, Cambridge graduate, and producer of Beyond the Fringe, now a 38 year old gentleman ponce.
We meet the tempting Emma Jane (once Miss Crampton, typist), Black Dolores, and Big Elaine, a true professional, who remains at heart a country girl. According to WiIlie, she thinks sex a trifle rude and has therefore decided that charging for it is the least morally confusing thing to do.
The brothel does good business, and Willie takes time off to catalogue the constant flow of punters who include bank managers, cabinet ministers, showbiz artistes, chinless young men and, in particular, two ‘special ist’gonks,’Nigel the Schoolmaster’ and ‘British Intelligence’. Willie gives us a peek at these and other needy males caught in flagrante de/jcto with their trousers well and truly down.
Ah! The dolce vita and easy money go to Willie’s head. He plans to set up on his own and really hit the big time with a partouze — which is French for sharing it. Unfortunately, his club for discerning orgiastes folds after three nights and he returns, broke, to Emma Jane and a steady job.
Ponces, says Willie, have never received a very good press. Both the Ladies and the Gentlemen is sure to change all that for good. It’s the funniest and most outspoken story ever to hit the market.”