Money for Something

Sex Work. Drugs. Life. Need.

Mia Walsch
2 July 2020

RRP: A$29.99
ISBN: 9781760686451
Format: Paperback

“Her stand-and-deliver account… is frank, gritty, funny, grungy and upbeat. It’s also a revealing self-portrait… Intense writing, distinctive voice.”The Age


“A rough and tumble in the rub and tug world of erotic massage… As Mia says in haunting refrain, she has no shame, only need. Money for Something is an exploration and examination of the necessity and urgency of need; need as hunger, need as yearning, the need for drugs, the need to self-harm, the need for sex, attention, self-destruction, escape…. certainly an account of an alternative lifestyle, an offer to experience a way of life vicariously through a divergent perspective, and the daily task of striking a balance between joy and depression, between pleasure and pain.

There’s few that can hold a candle to her candour, as she waxes and never wanes, weighing in on “taboo” subjects —mental illness, drug use, self-harm, sexuality and sex—and makes them totems.” – Sydney Arts Guide

Book overview

It’s easy to talk to these women, tell them my deepest secrets. Look where we are. What else do we have to hide?

When nineteen-year-old Mia is fired from her job at an insurance company, she makes the choice to answer an ad in the newspaper. The ad says: ‘Erotic Massage. Good Money. No Sex.’

Mia takes to her new job with recklessness, aplomb and good humour. Over the next few years, as she works her way through Sydney’s many parlours, she meets exquisite and complex women from every walk of life who choose sex work for myriad reasons. While juggling the demands of her new job, she battles her problematic drug use, and the mental illness that has shaped her life.

But rather than needing saving from sex work, it is the work that sometimes helps to save Mia from herself. 

This compelling memoir is not only told with raw honesty and grace, it also announces the arrival of a startlingly talented Australian writer.