Diary: Where there’s muck there’s money, as Broadbent discovered

Ansdell Group chairman Christopher Broadbent is indeed a man of hidden talents. Apart from running four PR companies, it turns out he has a flair for erotic fiction.

Ansdell Group chairman Christopher Broadbent is indeed a man of

hidden talents. Apart from running four PR companies, it turns out he

has a flair for erotic fiction.



Back in the 1970s, when public relations meant little more than perfume

and recreation to most people, Broadbent was busy eking out a living as

a freelance writer.



’I had a very precarious two years,’ he recalls. ’I was an old tart

really and wrote whatever anybody wanted me to do - humour, romance or

filth.



But the filth paid best.’



Broadbent found he could make pounds 250 a time writing saucy vignettes

for Penthouse. One of his most memorable stories was entitled ’The

Breaking of Biddle’ which recounted the exploits of a young man and an

older woman who turned out to be his own mother.



’You could see it as a kind of discourse on the post-modernist Oedipal

force in mankind,’ comments Broadbent reflectively, ’or you could regard

it as an unmitigated piece of filth.’



Broadbent admits the inspiration for his yarns came easily: ’I’m a child

of the 1960s and at that time things were pretty free and easy.’



But by 1977 the cash, if not the inspiration, was drying up so Broadbent

decided to go for ’a proper job’ as a trainee PR executive.



Still living off immoral earnings, then.



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