The Mop by Alan Simpson

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THE MOP tells the unbelievable (and autobiographic) story of Alan Simpson,a young man trying to find himself amidst the seedy underworld of Sydney’s red light district at the end of the twentieth century.

A time in which he was young, stoned and carefree, where his friends were the hookers and dealers that worked outside, and his co-workers a motley crew of strippers, rent-boys, freaks and perverts. Where the villains are the upright citizens of the city and the heroes are prostitutes, drug addicts and queens.

The book records Simpson’s journey from innocent impressionable hetty-boy (the stores’ token straight male) to jaded and surly porn store clerk. More than just a collection of anecdotal scenes, The Mop is a comic look at one man’s bad luck, a first­hand account of one of the worst jobs out there, a behind the scenes view of a world most readers are unfamiliar with.

The Mop explains how a relatively normal middle class kid ended up in this world and what he did to escape it. It documents the lessons learned and the sights seen along the way, showing that friendship, love and laughter can be found in the most unlikely of places.

The Mop is written for every person that has ever walked past a porn store and wondered what goes on behind the curtain, for everyone that plucked up the courage to venture inside only to come face to face with the jaded porn clerk, for anyone who ever thought ‘My job sucks’.

About Alan Simpson

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Alan Simpson is the author of more than 80 computer books published throughout the world in more than a dozen languages. His award-winning titles have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and are best known for their light, engaging style and clear, straightforward approach to technical subjects. Alan has written books on operating sys-tems (DOS, Windows, Linux), Internet (HTML, JavaScript), databases, spreadsheets, word processing programs, and more. Prior to becoming an author, Alan worked as a software consultant, programmer, and teacher. In high school, Margaret Levine Young was in a computer club before there were high school computer clubs. She stayed in the field throughout college, graduated from Yale, and went on to become one of the first PC managers in the early 1980s at Columbia Pictures, where she rode the elevator with big stars whose names she wouldn't dream of dropping here. Since then, Margy has co-authored more than 25 computer books about the topics of the Internet, UNIX, WordPerfect, Microsoft Access, and (stab from the past) PC-File and Javelin, including "Access 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Dummies 101: The Internet For Windows 98, UNIX For Dummies, and "WordPerfect for Linux For Dummies (all published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.), "Poor Richard's Building Online Communities (published by Top Floor Publishing), and "Windows XP: The Complete Reference and Internet: The Complete Reference (published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill). Aside from explaining computers to anyone who will listen, her other passion is her children, along with music, Unitarian Universalism (, reading, and anything to do with eating. She lives in Vermont (see for some scenery). David C. Kay is a writer, engineer, artist, and naturalist, combining disparate occupations with the same effectiveness as his favorite business establishment, Acton Muffler, Brake, and Ice Cream (now defunct). Dave has written or contributed to more than a dozen computer books, including various editions of "WordPerfect 11 For Dummies, Graphics File Formats, and "The Complete Reference, Millennium Edition. Besides writing computer books, Dave consults and writes for high-tech firms, and also teaches aboutwildlife and edible plants. For recreation, he paints theatrical sets, makes strange blobs from molten glass, sings Gilbert and Sullivan choruses in public, and hikes in whatever mountains he can get to. He longs for the Rocky Mountains of Canada, pines for the fjords of New Zealand, and dreams of tracking kiwis and hedgehogs in Wanaka. He feels silly writing about himself in the third person like this and will stop now. Richard Wagner is an experienced "For Dummies author whose writings span both technical and non-technical worlds. His tech books include "WordPerfect 11 For Dummies, XML All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, XSLT For Dummies, as well as 15 other computer books. He also invented and architected the award-winning NetObjects ScriptBuilder software product. In his non-tech life, Richard is author of "Christianity For Dummies and "Christian Prayer For Dummies and editor of the e-zine. About the Author Alison Barrows has taken the long route to ...For Dummies writing, most recently thinking she would have a career in economics. A serious computer user since high school, she found herself irresistibly drawn into technical support, training, and documentation with help from friends who are ...For Dummies authors. Since finding herself in a career as a writer, Alison has authored or coauthored seven books for IDG Books including Dummies 101: WordPerfect 8 and Excel 97 Secrets. During her career in technical writing and training, she has designed and written software courses and taught hundreds of computer users how to make computers work for them. In addition to writing books, Alison teaches custom computer courses and writes technical documentation and training material. Alison has a master's degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a B.A. from Wellesley College. In real life, she loves to sing, watch Star Trek (the newer versions), cook, and dabble in yoga, rock climbing, and Ultimate Frisbee. She currently lives in Boylston, Massachusetts, with her husband, Matt, and the newest member of the family, their Portuguese Water Dog puppy Jake. April Wells (Amarillo, TX) has a BS degree from University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences and an MBA from West Texas A&M. She is a database administrator with over seven years IT experience to her credit. April's current and projected publications include "Oracle 11i E-Business Suite From the Front Lines" (CRC Press), "Grid Database Design" (CRC Press), and "Oracle9i OCP Fundamentals I Exam Cram 2" (Que). William E. Thater (North Syracuse, NY) is a Senior Oracle DBA and has been an Oracle developer and DBA for the past 19 years, starting his career with version 5.3. William has presented his white papers at RMOUG and has been a significant contributor to both "Oracle 9i DBA 101" (Oracle Press) and "Oracle Security Handbook" (Oracle Press).
Published May 1, 2012 by Piecelock 70 Publishing. 212 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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