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by Holly Madi­son, Harper Collins Pub­lish­ers, RRP $29.99

The Girls Next Door

tele­vi­sion show was an in­ter­na­tional hit dur­ing its broad­cast from 2005 to 2010. Holly Madi­son was one of three women liv­ing with and dat­ing Play­boy mag­a­zine pub­lisher Hugh Hefner. Five years later, Madi­son has de­tailed the in­ner work­ings of the Play­boy Man­sion in her mem­oir From hum­ble be­gin­ning in Alaska, Madi­son de­cided to chase her dreams and move to Los An­ge­les in pur­suit of be­com­ing the next Marilyn Mon­roe. Even­tu­ally Madi­son was left job­less and home­less, which saw her even­tual move into the Play­boy Man­sion.

tele­vi­sion show pro­vided the pub­lic with an all-ac­cess pass into the lav­ish life­style of the Play­boy Man­sion. How­ever as Madi­son writes, the lux­u­ries of the man­sion did not come with­out a price, with ma­nip­u­la­tion a key sto­ry­line through­out the novel. Per­haps the most sur­pris­ing shock in is Hugh Hefner’s role as an emo­tion­ally abu­sive part­ner whose fre­quent out­bursts left Madi­son in tears.

Down the Rab­bit Hole

The Girls Next Door Even­tu­ally Madi­son left the man­sion of her own ac­cord, and has since starred in a high-pro­file stage show on the Las Ve­gas strip and is mar­ried with a daugh­ter.

Down the Rab­bit Hole. Madi­son’s book blows the door wide open on Hugh Hefner’s usu­ally pri­vate world.

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