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By Rigby Taylor

Dancing naked is the light-hearted memoir of Rigby, an impossibly blameless younger guy, swaps the suffocating confines of heart category New Zealand for romance and liberation in nineteen-sixties London and Europe. Revelling within the freedom conferred by way of anonymity, he turns into an actor, stripper, hire boy, lover, instructor and devoted tourist via Europe, North Africa and the center East, the place travelers have been unusual and nations nonetheless retained the various modifications that made vacationing so fascinating. Rigby meets with a large choice of individuals, existence types and customs, finally settling in Paris the place the kingdom didn't reflect on his sexuality to be a legal offence. A relocating and a laugh tale of wish and love, intercourse and sexuality, theatrical showmanship and artless innocence, laced with a bit philosophical hypothesis as he wanders the realm in pursuit of real love.

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