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Daddy's Hobby (Behind The Smile #1)

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Behind The Smile:
The Story of Lek, a Thai Bargirl in Pattaya.

Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family. She did not expect to do anything any different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand.

Typically that would be: work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; give them to mum to take care of and ba
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 19th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published February 21st 2012)
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Matt Carrell
There may be a Microsoft wizard for authors writing about the Thai bar scene. Girl starts off sweet - turns into a heartless, scheming she-devil. The guy is generally a bit of a loser whose brain turns to mush after a couple of nights of feigned passion. Cue heartbreak, bankruptcy and sometimes death. There's a ton of books out there that follow exactly that track.
Hats off to Owen Jones - if he knew the formula - he tossed it in the trash. This is an author who knows Thailand intimately. It's n
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Owen Jones
Aug 02, 2014 Owen Jones rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Visitors to Thailand
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Behind The Smile: The Story of Lek, a Thai Bargirl in Pattaya.

Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family. She did not expect to do anything any different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand.

Typically that would be: work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; give them to mum to take care of and back to work until her kids had their own children and she could stop working to take care of them. One day a catastrophe occur
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Lord David Prosser
A harrowing journey following the life of Lek who has to leave her village in order to pay back the huge debts owed by her father and only found when he died.There is a child which she has to hand over to her mother so she can take a job in her cousin's bar in Pattaya in order to earn enough to pay this money but as with a lot of young girls there she drifts into the sex industry. She decides to create a better life for her daughter because of spending so much time so far from home and ther sex ...more
Vanna B.
I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it. I like stories that take place in foreign countries, so this was right up my alley. It was an easy read and flowed smoothly. Owen did a great job of creating a character readers could connect with and care about. I loved learning little tidbits about the Thai culture and the author's descriptions allowed me to be able to picture the scenes and get a sense of what it might be like to actually be there. I appreciated learning the back story of ...more
Christoph Fischer
"Daddy's Hobby (Behind The Smile - The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya)" by Owen Jones is an insightful look into the life of a Thai bar girl. It is a moving story that shines through its exemplary realism. Jones shows real life drama as I imagine it much more likely than stories on the subject that I have read. It tells a tale of tragedy and hope, of love, prostitution and the grey area between without drifting into thriller and political territory, which makes ir so much more powerful.
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Murray Bromley
Yes Mr Jones the book i read Was Very important to me ,It gave me an outlook of some people that was Very interesting , and i am looking at reading your second novel in time to come .
Keep up the good work and Good luck Thank you Murray
Julia
Unfortunately although the subject could be interesting and insightful the author has no style to speak of. The book reads like a GCSE story. Lacking in finesse, atmosphere, structure and pace.
Liesl
Enjoyed the book but finished too early for me. Was so involved with the main characters I needed to know more about their lives post the end of the book. Sequel maybe??
Jacqueline Barton
Day after day, the same...interesting view of women for hire in the orient...
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Owen Jones was born in Barry, South Wales, where he lived until going to Portsmouth to study Russian at 18. After finishing his degree, he moved to s'Hertogenboschon in the Netherlands where he lived for ten years.

At 32, Owen moved back to Barry to work with in his family's construction company, first as a painter and then as a director, or, as the bank once corrected him, a painter and decorator.
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“Do you know this place, Lek?" he shouted in her ear. “Stop. Stop here. I want to go shopping." He didn't. He wanted to look for a bar, but he knew the word 'shopping' had more stopping power than the word 'bar' – the word 'shopping' was the verbal equivalent of a 44 Magnum.” 1 likes
“A stack overflow error caused cabin fever and the reset button was Pattaya.” 1 likes
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