Members Only

(film tie-in edition released as The Look of Love)



For almost forty years, Paul Raymond was one of Britain’s most scandalous celebrities. Best known as the owner of the Raymond Revuebar, a world famous strip-club frequented by the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and the Krays,he enjoyed equal success as a theatre impresario, property magnate and porn baron.

With his fur coat, gold jewellery, customized Rolls Royce and taste for showgirls, he was often portrayed as the cartoonish personification of nouveau riche vulgarity. Yet he also embodied the entrepreneurial instincts that would transform a Liverpool lad into Britain’s richest man – a man so prosperous that he was the victim of a terrifying extortion plot.

Paul Willetts’s racily atmospheric book follows Raymond from his strict Catholic upbringing to his death in 2008, by which time his isolation, paranoia and extreme wealth had earned him the reputation as England’s answer to Howard Hughes.


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Praise for Members Only (aka The Look of Love)


Steve Coogan

“A thoroughly entertaining story, told by a writer with a vivid and amusing turn of phrase.”


Edgar Wright, director of Scott Pilgrim v The World and writer of Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin

“A fascinating book.”


Catherine Arnold, The Observer

“Paul Willetts’s biography of Raymond paints a vivid portrait of the man who was, to all intents and purposes, ‘Mr Soho’. This fascinating study is as much a history of London’s square mile of vice as an account of one man’s life… Thoroughly researched and extremely well-written, this is an impressive book. Not since John Dickie’s Cosa Nostra have I read anything that exerts such hypnotic fascination for its sometimes repellent subject.”


Sukhdev Sandhu, The DailyTelegraph

“Writing about club life—where the traffic of people from high and low life alike is huge and where so many deals are conducted by handshakes—presents great challenges for any historian. Willetts, whose previous books include a biography of the novelist and Soho vita, Julian Maclaren-Ross, has done a magnificent job.”


Travis Elborough, RadioFive Live

“A fantastically rich portrait of Soho and the post-war period.”


Richard Davenport-Hines, TheTimes Literary Supplement

“An excellent book which is bigger than its ostensible subject… Willetts has written an intelligent, carefully researched biographywhich is humorous but never cheap.”


John Walsh, The Independent

“A magnificent biography.”


The Independent onSunday

“A triumph of research and patient industry, full of arresting incident and sub-celebrity walk-ons.”


The Independent

“Wonderfully documented by Paul Willetts, Members Only tells of the career of MrStriptease, the owner of the notorious Raymond Revuebar… The whole fascinating story is spiced with brilliant chapter headings.”


The Evening Standard

 “Willetts isvery good on the way attitudes and the law changed in regard to porn over the years, and on the shifting face of Soho. He is a brisk and witty writer, withan eye for quirky detail… Like a superior striptease, Willetts’s book is extremely diverting.”


Time Out

A “straightforward yet queerly affecting account [of Paul Raymond’s life]… packed with puntastic chapter headings”.


The Daily Mirror online

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Metro

“Paul Willetts skillfully teases back the curtains draped around Britain’s pioneering pornographer to reveal a very cold fish indeed… Willetts evokes Soho’s tacky allure and chartsthe guilt-ridden British attitudes to sex that allowed a cynical player to prosper.”


Erotic Review

“For those of us who experienced Soho in the 60s and 70s, Paul Willetts’ book, Members Only will immediately take us back to the excitement of these golden years.”


Choice ‘Book of the Month’

“The career of Paul Raymond, brilliantly documented in this new biography by Soho chronicler Paul Willetts, is testament to that old adagethat nothing sells like sex… Willetts’s tone of amused detachment towards his subject is pitched just right, making for some truly hilarious passages.”


The Chap

 “Mr Willetts is an entertaining and witty writer and he sets down Paul Raymond’s life with verve and panache.”


Glamour magazine

“There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this well-researched biography [that]…inspired the soon-to-be-released film, but goes further into the maverick’s fascinating life.”


William Leith, The Evening Standard “Paperback Round-up”

“A fascinating recent history of grubby London.”


PeterLewis, The Daily Mail

“This book tells [Paul Raymond’s] story in great detail with neither prurience nor sententious moralising, indeed, with witty detachment. It lets you judge for yourself.”


Philip French, The Observer

“The movie lacks the wit, insight and the detail of Members Only, the well-researched biography of Raymond by Paul Willetts on which it is based.” 

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