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Prospect recommends: The Mistress Contract, Royal Court Theatre

By Michael Coveney  

She is 88 and he is 93, and for 30 years she has provided “mistress services” in exchange for her own house and income. They live in a city on the west coast of America and the contract between them stipulates “all sexual acts as requested with suspension of historical, emotional and psychological disclaimers.” They were university friends who lost touch but met up again 20 years later when their lives had changed.  In 2013 this real-life couple, who have retained their anonymity, published The Mistress Contract, a book based on intimate conversations they decided to record during the 1980s,…

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