21 JUNE 1975, Page 4

Lusty Europe

Sir: Gillian Freeman (May 31) appears to be obsessed with brothels. She's not? Then why suggest I am? Among 580 pages of my book, IVIankoff's Lusty Europe, she's glanced at only those which describe bawdy houses and street prostitution, aecording to her review. Good luck (and boh voyage) to her and her prerogatives, but is it accurate to state that "Love, in spite of the title description ['The only all-purpose guide to sex, love and romance], plays but a small part in the desperate pursuit of impersonal orgasm." In fact, Mankoff's Lusty Europe contains hundreds of descriptions and addresses of lovers' hotels and lovers' restaurants; and romantic cafes, pubs, wine bars, clubs, discotheques, paradox balls (further information on request), and other respectable rendezvous; and parks, gardens, zoos, vistas, lovers' leaps, etc.

. . Ambient places for lovers to enjoy together; helpful information for people searching for a lover.

Unlike her review (wherein it is often impossible for a reader to ascertain which quote or comment belongs to which of the three books she's lumped together) Manhoffs Lusty Europe is eclectic. See, for example, Group Sex Houses and Discotheques, Mixed Saunas (like to try one with me? The Scotsman issue May 31, 1975 did). Nude Skiing, Nude Restaurants, Tranvestite Couturiers, Jazz Clubs, Master/Slave Marriage Bureaux, Sex Museums in Police Stations, Boutiques, Street Markets, Student Rendezvous, Sex Shows (hard and soft core; some with audience participation), Women's Liberation and S/M and Bondage Clubs, Sexual Seances, and Napoleon's Penis. And Edward VII's copulation chair. (In addition to over 2,000 addresses and phone numbers, Lusty Europe contains a great deal of historic, literary and statistical support ... and a few notes on Dutch jockstraps too. And hundreds of interview:, . . . with people like the distinguished inventor of the Electronic Penis. And Baroness Monique von Cleef And so on.)

Adding error to insult, she asks how I could overlook "Mr and Mrs Glokke's bordello for women in Hamburg surely it deserved an appendix?" I gave it spleen; some 700 words, pages 262-3, relate the hilarious efforts of Herr Dieter

Glocke "1,600 anxious gentlemen of every intention responded to Glocke's help-wanted advertisements". She's repeated G. L. Simons' errors of spelling as well as fact; the thing was a hoax. (However Amsterdam's Jan Bik "International Callboy" has the real thing at Haarlemmerdijk 118; phone 22-27-85 or 25-24-97.) A peculiar oversight in that she did note the "hostmanescort service at page 264, immediately following my account of Glocke's projected "Whorehouse(or "Tomcathouse," or "bordella"). By adding quotes to "researched" she implies my methods are as spurious as her own. Ex.: The Marchesa "di Scancina" (she spelled it "Soncino'') might have her for libel for characterising her as a whore . . . were she alive. If Ms Freeman will send me her definition of a whore, I'll send her some new prerog

tives and lovers' hotels' 'addresses to go with them.

Allan H. Manhoff London WC2