The Motel

By Claire Manumission£25.00 + Shipping
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About The Book

The Motel is a love letter to a lost paradise: Ibiza in the 1990s. It's a celebration of all those people from around the world who came to a small Mediterranean island and became part of the swashbuckling adventure that was Manumission.

In 1998, with Manumission going into its fifth year, Mike and Claire borrowed a large amount of money from an armed German cocaine dealer and against all odds took over an abandoned brothel on the outskirts of Ibiza town and turned it into a 24-hour party destination – the most notorious venue of the decade – The Motel.

This is the story of the Motel but it’s also the story of Manumission. Over its fourteen-year history, over 1.5 million people attended the club, it was the biggest weekly party in the world earning it a place in the Guinness World Records. On the dancefloor young ravers rubbed shoulders with supermodels, rock stars, fashion designers, drug dealers, and the sporting elite – sharing a universal feeling of ecstasy – with zero violence – everyone partying in complete harmony.

With much of club culture currently under the spell of VIP service, corporate sponsoring and branding, The Motel is a timely reminder that life wasn't always that way.

The cover image of Claire at the Motel is by kind permission of the photographer Franck Sauvaire.


You literally did not know what sort of a day you were going to wake up into. Or if you were going to wake up. Or even go to bed at all, ever again.
Irvine Welsh

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  • Updates From The Author


    Dearest Friends & Moteliers, Two years writing the memoir. It's been so time consuming and immersive that I often plan to - but totally forget - to give you an update. To make matters more complicated...

    The Curious Case of Magische Paddenstoelen & the Tina Turner Toga Saga...

    Dear Moteliers, With the spring rain rejuvenation up here in the mountains - rivers replenished, I am writing to let you know Part 1 has now been completed - which took longer than expected, because w...

    Ibiza Dreaming on a Winters Day

    Dearest Moteliers, It is crisp and cold outside but we have the fire burning in the stove as I write these words to you. I handed in two more chapters to our publisher at Unbound before the holidays a...

    The intoxicating world of The Manumission Motel

    Esteemed Moteliers, A big shout out from Mission HQ. I was going about my morning ritual - bathing the baby tortoise that our daughter found wandering down the road, purging myself of the previous nig...

    The Motel & a curious encounter with a superior being...

    Dearest Moteliers, Sending warmest of summer vibes from Mission HQ! Please excuse the radio silence! We have been back on the island of Ibiza launching our new experiential daytime event AiLIEN also k...

    Motel, Madness & Vice!

    Dear Moteliers, The Motel is 94% funded as I write this. The 100% target is almost tangible! Very excited to be sharing an excerpt from the manuscript here published in Vice.

    Motel Valentine...

    Dear Moteliers, Happy Valentine's Day for Monday. Here's a special something for you - a brand spanking new piece of M&C digital art. A Wild West morsel of Manumission mischief to get you in the Valen...


    Dear Moteliers, ‘The Motel’ is already over 50% funded! We send massive heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you! Manumission salute you xxx & have a special gift for you! 8pm on this Friday the ...

    THANK YOU - message from Mike and Claire



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