Boy About Town Number 48: Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann.
Back in London, in his room up at the top of the house, Nic introduced me to the treasure trove under his bed: dozens of magazines that made Playboy look like the Daily Telegraph. Where he got them from I had no idea; they were all marked ‘Not to be sold to persons under the age of 18’ and though Nic was thirteen already, he wasn’t yet passing for anyone’s idea of an adult. But it didn’t matter. His magazines had names like Men Only, Mayfair, Fiesta and Knave, and they showed women’s naked bodies in much greater detail than the Canadian Playboy. Nic talked about parts of the women’s body while he turned the pages, and I was even more impressed. I hadn’t a clue.