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Aidan 19, So Far


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“When they finally let me out, I was in a singlet, shorts and socks. No shoes or jersey. But I did have my watch, which I told the time off and it was 11.40 pm on Christmas Eve. I didn’t know what to do. I had nowhere to go.”

 The true story, of Aidan Cahill’s life as an escort, at 19. Of how he’s survived, so far. In his words: “The ups and downs. All the nitty gritty. Things people are usually too embarrassed to talk about, let alone put into a book”.

 The extraordinary and inspiring story of an independant and uniquely qualified young gay man with a remarkable narrative from the margins of New Zealand society.

 Aidan was one of dozens and possibly hundreds of young men and women on New Zealand’s streets. How do you meet someone in this situation, even if you have such an interest? How do they survive? Why are they in such a position? What are their aspirations? Such citizens of New Zealand are on the margins and few of us get anywhere close to those margins.

Aidan’s unconventional life story as an escort, so far, is a revelation for anyone interested in an aspect of life that is rarely, if ever, revealed with such candour. He talks about the challenges of his life as an escort. He discusses his drug use and his exploits with his clients in graphic detail. The “nitty gritty”.

His story begins in his home town of Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City in its South Island. His father died when he was four. His mother had her own challenges at that time and as a result, Aidan was left with an aunt, who having been asked to ‘baby sit’ him, did so selflessly for ten years.

Having moved to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, at the age of just 16, Aidan soon moved to Auckland, where he lived on the streets of New Zealand’s largest city. There he worked out, on his own, how to survive in some of the city’s toughest neighbourhoods. You will read of his good and bad decisions. When he makes mistakes, he describes how, with brutal honesty.

 Aidan has now moved from the streets to his own room with a good friend in a townhouse in an Auckland suburb. He has expanded his friendships to include people who are not necessarily on the margins of New Zealand’s society. And most importantly, he has learned that there is something he can do, other than contribute to the sex industry, and that is to write.

Aidan Cahill's teenage years end on 13 November 2017 when he turns 20!

Hardcover, 106 Pages, Published October 2017

Author: Aidan Cahill

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