The Short Version:
ANTONIA MURPHY is the author of DIRTY CHICK: ADVENTURES OF AN UNLIKELY FARMER (Gotham Penguin 2015) and founder and director of The Bach (rhymes with "catch,") an ethical escort agency in Whangarei, New Zealand. A San Francisco native, she now lives on a small New Zealand farm with her partner Patrice and their combined brood of six kids.
The Long Version:
ANTONIA MURPHY is an author, mother, and madam. Her debut memoir, DIRTY CHICK: ADVENTURES OF AN UNLIKELY FARMER was published by Gotham Penguin (USA/Canada) and Text (Aus/NZ) in 2015.
A San Francisco native, Antonia graduated from Columbia University with a completely impractical degree in European History and Comparative Politics. Since then, Antonia has earned her living as a doll designer, union stagehand, Internet geek, theatre teacher, and yacht chef. She has also backpacked across Central America, sailed across the Pacific, chopped peppers for Thomas Keller, broken down sets for Aerosmith and run a youth hostel at the bottom of the world.
Today, she’s running a brothel. At the start of 2017, Antonia founded The Bach (rhymes with “catch,”) an ethical escort agency in Whangarei, New Zealand. The Bach is built on a philosophy of protecting women’s rights and emotional well-being. Even in New Zealand, where sex work has been decriminalized since 2003, Antonia’s business ideas are challenging people’s notions around sex, prostitution and women’s rights. A recent interview with Antonia in the New Zealand Herald garnered 150,000 views on Facebook in the first 24 hours.
When she’s not threatening the patriarchy, Antonia enjoys life on her small farm with her partner Patrice and their blended family of six amazing children. There they share space with sheep, alpacas, goats, cows, and a rotating crew of ducks and chickens. They also make their own fruit wine, raw milk cheese, and most recently, homemade prosciutto—which, as Antonia is happy to point out, is just another expensive piece of ass.
Yes, that's my pimp card. Totally legit.