The Manipulators has been developed from the true experiences of Lisa; from the 1960s when she worked as barmaid and 'stripper' before becoming a Mayfair 'hostess', to 1986 when she was charged with running a brothel; ending in 1991 as optimism and determination turned to despair and terror when she found there was ' place to hide'. The events are factual but the characters, and many of the places involved, have been changed to avoid identification of the incent - and the guilty. Set mainly in London, The Manipulators is a dramatised account of a woman struggling to survive the lust, violence and betrayal inflicted by numerous men in her life, including well-kwn figures in social, political, industrial, criminal, legal, literary and show-business circles. The story could have been told as a mere series of lurid and violent episodes. Instead, it is written with considerable warmth and humour.