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  • Published: 23 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529923728
  • Imprint: Ebury Spotlight
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $36.99

Only Say Good Things

Surviving Playboy and finding myself




Combining the nostalgic writing of Jennette McCurdy's I'm Glad My Mom Died with the urgency of Emily Ratajkowski's My Body, this gripping memoir from Hugh Hefner's widow lays bare the shocking reality of life in the Playboy mansion.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'A fascinating demythologising of the Playboy brand and Hefner himself' - Pandora Sykes

'A raw, honest unveiling of the misogyny and darkness of the Playboy Mansion. . . I almost feel compelled to send a copy to every young woman who still believes the legacy of Playboy holds some glamour or promise' - Ellie Flynn

One of Stylist’s 'best non-fiction for 2024'

One of the Independent’s 2024 'must-reads'

One of The Sunday Times 'most exciting memoirs' for 2024


'I was 21 years old when I found myself on the front stoop of the Playboy Mansion. I want to tell the real story of my time there - the good and the bad, the dark and the light.'

In 2008 the Playboy mansion became Crystal Harris's sanctuary - a shimmering vestige of opportunity. Within months she had ascended its hierarchy to become Hugh Hefner's top girlfriend. But her new home came at a cost. Forced to follow strict rules that governed everything from her appearance to behaviour, she began to lose her identity. By the time she married Hef in 2012, the mansion had become her prison.

Having made a promise to Only Say Good Things, for years Crystal suppressed the truth of what really happened behind the mansion's closed doors. Now, in this raw and honest memoir, she's finally ready to expose it all.

Laying bare the devastating impact that a culture of relentless objectification and misogyny had on her health, Crystal's extraordinary story carries powerful lessons that are relevant to us all.

  • Published: 23 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529923728
  • Imprint: Ebury Spotlight
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $36.99

About the author

Crystal Hefner

Crystal Hefner spent 10 years inside the Playboy mansion, a place that was both her sanctuary and prison. Following Hugh Hefner's death in 2017, she was left searching for home, belonging, and a sense of self; she now dedicates herself to sharing what she has learned about body image, objectification and beauty standards in the hopes of reaching other young women.

Praise for Only Say Good Things

Lifts the lid on the bleak truth of the inside story of the Playboy empire

Stylist

A fascinating demythologising of the Playboy brand and Hefner himself - who is revealed to be an agoraphobic megalomaniac incapable of real emotion. What drew so many women to him? And why did they stay? In this absorbing memoir, Crystal Hefner grapples with these questions and many more, with admirable candour

Pandora Sykes

This was such a raw, honest unveiling of the misogyny and darkness of the Playboy Mansion. Crystal reflects on both the vulnerabilities that led her into Hugh Hefner’s orbit, and the impact that his empire had on society and other young women with such candour that I almost feel compelled to send a copy to every young woman who still believes the legacy of Playboy holds some glamour or promise. Crystal’s ability to question her own complicity in Hugh Hefner’s misogynistic world, while also reflecting on all the complex factors that led her there is refreshing, and relatable for so many women and young girls who are still sold the lie that our self-worth is tied to our appearance or attractiveness to men.

Ellie Flynn, Investigative journalist and broadcaster