“In the beginning I revelled in being so rebellious and bad. I had recently discovered the new age book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, which incorporated the power of visualization and affirmations. Even then the book resonated, resulting in me asserting, 'I, Paris, am the best hooker in town!' repeatedly on the long drive to work. I am not sure this is what Louise Hay had in mind!”
ABOUT THE BOOK
Suburban, middle-class, and from a good family – this is what makes Joanne Brodie’s story all the more shocking. It is the dual account of the relentless seduction of the impulse to self-destruct and, at the same time, the human spirit’s desperate desire to survive. Brodie is unremittingly honest in recounting a life that saw her take the deceptively easy and palliative path that leads to prescription drug addiction and the ripple effect of its devastating impact on the people in her world.
To the outside world a successful businesswoman with an enviable career and the trappings to accessorise it, how then did the woman with the world at her feet find herself working in a brothel and, finally, running an S&M parlour from her home?Woman Trashed is never boring and often painful, and throughout it all Brodie maintains a wry tone that lends humour to her serious subject. Whether she’s exposing the many doctors and psychiatrists who reached all too easily for the prescription pad or describing the high flying, cocaine-fuelled lives of the rich and powerful circles she once partied in, she never compromises on the truth.
And as she moves from gallery owner to prostitute to dominatrix and eventually to counsellor to many who sought her help and advice on their own lifetime journeys to recovery, her shrewd, original and on occasion eccentric insights will give courage and inspiration to all.
PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO SEX
Excessive engagement in prostitution, pornography, phone and chat room sex, exhibitionism, voyeurism and compulsive masturbation – such behaviours may point to sexual addiction. In this book, Joanne Brodie pulls away the blankets to uncover the hidden reality of a condition that has become prevalent in our increasingly sexualised society.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The author’s frank observations and shrewd insights are based on compelling case studies and years of experience as a counsellor for the afflicted, as well as her own struggle with sex addiction. In her wry tone, and with quirky humour, she deflates several myths surrounding sexual addiction, identifies behavioural patterns associated with it and, ultimately, advises on the steps to healing.