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Behind The Smile By Owen Jones
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Lek was born the eldest child in a typical rice farming family. She did not expect to do anything different from the other girls in her class: i.e. work in the fields for a few years; have a few... More > kids; let mum take care of them and go back to work until they had their own children and it would be her turn to stop working to take care of them. One day a catastrophe occurred – her father died young and with huge debts that the family knew nothing about. Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she knew was to go to work in her cousin’s bar in Pattaya. She went as a waitress-cum-cashier, but she drifted into the tourist sex industry. The book relates some of her ‘adventures’, her dreams and nightmares and her ‘modus operandi’. It tries to show, from Lek’s point of view, what it really is like to be a Thai bar girl – the hopes and frustrations, the hopes and the let-downs, the hopes and the lies and deceit that are part of her every day life.< Less
Stepping Stones By Owen Jones
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Stepping Stones picks up the story of Lek, her family and friends in the village of Baan Suay four years on from where The Lady in The Tree finished. Lek and Ayr are still looking to expand, but... More > especially Lek's career in the political arena, where she finds evidence of disturbing activity. Craig is still trying to write a best seller and Soom has graduated from university. In Stepping Stones, we are introduced to the Champunot family from Bangkok, the members of which have a profound effect on Lek, Craig and Soom - one which none of them will ever be able to forget. Stepping Stones reveals more in-depth details of life in a Thai family that has been affected by the inclusion of a falang like how they deal with the strange mixture of traditional and modern Thai life that that situation often creates.< Less
Behind the Smile: The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya By Owen Jones
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'Behind The Smile' is the moving story of Lek, a bar girl in Pattaya, Thailand. It tells, from her point of view, how she drifted into the sex tourism industry and how she tried for years to get out... More > of it again. The story tells, in a biographical style, of some of things that happened to her and her colleagues in the bar they worked in called 'Daddy's Hobby', but it also tells of her thoughts for her friends, her family and her 'boyfriends' - the customers. When she finally finds someone she can love and who loves her too, she agonizes over whether she will ever be able to stay with one man again after ten years of complete sexual and financial freedom with no-one to care for but herself. The situation is further aggravated because her boyfriend does not suspect what she used to do for a living. Or does he really? The title is based on the fact that Thailand is commonly referred to as 'The land of Smiles'.< Less
Behind The Smile By Owen Jones
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'Behind The Smile' is a novel that relates the moving story of Lek, a bar girl in Pattaya, Thailand. It tells, from her point of view, how she drifted into the sex tourism industry and how she tried... More > for years to get out of it again. The novel tells of some of things that happened to her and her colleagues in the bar where they worked called 'Daddy's Hobby', but it also tells of her thoughts for her friends, her family and her 'boyfriends' - the customers. When she finally finds someone she can love and who loves her too, she agonizes over whether she will ever be able to stay with one man again after ten years of complete sexual and financial freedom with no-one to care for but herself. The situation is further aggravated because her boyfriend does not suspect what she used to do for a living. Or does he really? The title of the novel is based on the fact that Thailand is commonly referred to as 'The Land of Smiles'.< Less
Behind The Smile By Owen Jones
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'Behind The Smile' is a novel of the moving story of Lek, a bar girl in Pattaya, Thailand. It tells, from her point of view, how she drifted into the sex tourism industry and how she tried for years... More > to get out of it again. The story tells of some of things that happened to her and her colleagues in the bar they worked in called 'Daddy's Hobby', but it also tells of her thoughts for her friends, her family and her 'boyfriends' - the customers. When she finally finds someone she can love and who loves her too, she agonizes over whether she will ever be able to stay with one man again after ten years of complete sexual and financial freedom with no-one to care for but herself. The situation is further aggravated because her boyfriend does not suspect what she used to do for a living. Or does he really? The title of this novel is based on the fact that Thailand is commonly referred to as 'The land of Smiles'.< Less
Tiger Lily of Bangkok By Owen Jones
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A serial killer is on the loose in Bangkok creating havoc and fear among men in all strata of society. The press has called the serial killer the most frightening since the cannibal Si Ouey Sae Urng... More > of the 1950's and dubbed him or her 'Tiger Lily of Bangkok' because a Tiger Lily is left at the scene of every murder.< Less
Maya - Illusion: Behind The Smile, the Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya By Owen Jones
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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. One day a catastrophe occurred out of the... More > blue – her father died young and with huge debts. Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she knew was to go to work in her cousin’s bar in Pattaya. She went as a waitress-cum-cashier, but drifted into the sex industry. Book three picks up the story of Lek's life six or seven years further on. At forty-ish, it is time to take stock of her life. She looks back on her life and wonders whether it was all worth it. Should she feel bitter about what has happened to her or should she move on and try to forget her past? Should she just try to erase it, whitewash it out, like so many women did or should she feel proud of what she has accomplished? Lek is plagued by mixed emotions and tries to seek an explanation that she can live with for the rest of her life< Less
Maya - Illusion: Behind The Smile, the Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya By Owen Jones
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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. One day a catastrophe occurred out of the... More > blue – her father died young and with huge debts. Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she knew was to go to work in her cousin’s bar in Pattaya. She went as a waitress-cum-cashier, but drifted into the sex industry. Book three picks up the story of Lek's life six or seven years further on. At forty-ish, it is time to take stock of her life. She looks back on her life and wonders whether it was all worth it. Should she feel bitter about what has happened to her or should she move on and try to forget her past? Should she just try to erase it, whitewash it out, like so many women did or should she feel proud of what she has accomplished? Lek is plagued by mixed emotions and tries to seek an explanation that she can live with for the rest of her life.< Less
An Exciting Future: The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya By Owen Jones
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Lek did not hope for anything more than the other girls in her village, that is to work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; let mum take care of them and go back to work until they had... More > their own children and it was her turn to take care of them. However, needing money to save the family farm from foreclosure by the bank, she drifted into the sex industry. After all she has been through, can she be a normal girlfriend or wife again? Could she ever trust a man enough? This book explores what is needed by Thai women and their foreign husbands if they want to live in a remote Thai village. Craig, her partner, also wants to live there, but it is not easy for him either as no-one there speaks English and his Thai is poor. Will Lek and Craig manage to live in Baan Suay or will the loneliness, the tedium and the lack of work and stimulation drive them away or even apart? 'Behind the Smile' refers to the fact that Thailand is known the world over as 'The Land of Smiles'.< Less
Tiger Lily of Bangkok By Owen Jones
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Lily had always liked to please adults. She sought attention and adulation, as all children do, but one man, her 'uncle', a friend of the family, wanted too much from Lily even when she was just... More > eleven years old. It took her two years to figure out how to stop him and that only came about because of a chance occurrence in the playground at school. When that ordeal was over, so was Lily's childhood at the tender age of thirteen, but she was able to use the compensation she received to go to university in Bangkok. It was to change her life again and within a year, it had changed the lives of many people and shocked Bangkok society. You will empathises with Lily and maybe even her parents, but you may not agree with her methods of gaining revenge on the people who hurt her - mankind!< Less