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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 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 get back to work until her kids had their own children and it would be her turn to stop working to take care of them. 

One day a catastrophe occurred out of the blue - her father died young and with huge debts that the family knew nothing about. Lek was 20, 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 when she realized that she was pregnant by her worthless, estranged husband, things had to change. She had the baby, gave it to her mother to look after and went back to work.  

However, now she needed real money to provide a better life for her child and to make up for spending its whole youth 500 miles away. She drifted into the tourist sex industry. The audiobook 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, the let-downs, and the lies and deceit that are part of her every day life.

One day she meets a man she likes, and he likes her too. Nothing new there, it had happened hundreds of times before, but she feels that it is different this time. They have a wonderful four weeks together and then he goes home - as they all had, leaving more promises and more hopes. 

This one returns, but real life with a real boyfriend is not as easy as she had dreamed it would be. They go through good and bad times, but will they stay together and for how long? After all she has been through, can she be a normal girlfriend or wife again? Could she ever trust a man enough? Or would she be better off giving up her dreams and just working in the bar?

Lek begins to learn that getting what you want is not always all you hoped for. 

©2012 Owen Jones (P)2019 Owen Jones

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Mr. Jones captures my experiences in Pattaya exactly. I love the story , , , ,

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I love this book!

I love this book! Because I and my wife enjoyed listening so much, Need more from Owen Jones!

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I like it!

Judging from my visits to Thailand, this story is pretty accurate on how many bar girls live in tourist resorts – but not only in Thailand.

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Well Narrated!

I love Lek. What a tough, brave woman! I highly recommend this audiobook to all.

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Interesting story!

What a moving story! I can’t wait to listen to volume 2. Good job by Owen Jones.

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Loved it.

I love Pattaya, I love Lek, and I love this book! The book is number 1 on the list of favorites.

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Very Good

The quote "you always can not do everything you wanted for" hit me the most. yes, Life sometimes forces us to go against our will. Felt verry sorry for Lek and her child. It dragged all my attention while I was reading

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Perfect Book

Lek is no one but a girl who perfectly reflects the struggle of a poor Thai girl. She understands the tough truth of life giving away her dignity and honor. Owen jones showed again why he is the best selling Author.

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recommend

I have visited Thailand 3 times have known about It's plane. So The audiobook "Daddy's hobby" surely reflects the life leading style of any simple girl of Thailand if she is ill-fated. So I would surely recommend the book.

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interesting book

Felt the story from the core of my heart. Got bore in the beginning but ultimately the story touched my soul. I have had a hard copy of the audiobook. The second part will be interesting hope so!

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  • Henry Miller
  • 09-05-21

A great story!

My son really enjoyed listening to this story so much, We will listen to it again.

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  • Melissa McLean
  • 09-05-21

Exciting story!

An ex-boyfriend used to visit Thailand often, now I know why. I love Lek though.

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  • Aimee Bibi
  • 09-05-21

For All Ages!

This book made me nostalgic for Thailand. I knew a Lek too :-). I love it!

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  • yesif yeaa
  • 07-03-21

Very nice!!

I liked the book and felt sorry for Lek, but the sex was not for me, even though the book is set in the sex tourism industry

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  • hagesoy hula
  • 06-03-21

5 ****

I have been to Pattaya several times and recognize every one of the
characters in the book!

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  • mejey mehu
  • 06-03-21

Amazing!

I visited Pattaya 50 years ago during the war. It was nice to read
about the place again. I'll look up the sequel sometime.

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  • Shawn Decker
  • 17-02-21

wow

I have listened and read many books of Owen jones but this one was particular. It was not only a book, a real story of every girl doing wrong things to make their life right.I hopefully believe that it will be a good explorer and all of you gonna enjoy it!

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  • Virginia Washington
  • 17-02-21

recommend

Hurreeh! I was recommended for this book by many of my friends and finaly I got a copy of it.Lek is a girl who never really gave up in spite of all those troubles.So whatever and however we gotta move on.Great lesson from Owen jones.

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  • Joshua Shank
  • 17-02-21

5 Stars

This book indicates one famous proverb--" A girl is a mother, a sister, a wife and a daughter".You can understand why it is.This audiobook will definitely make you cry. Long live Owen Jones.

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  • Lillian Durst
  • 17-02-21

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The book makes me sad and it makes me remind of my friend Sally who recently got into prostitution to bear his family expenses. Also Owen jones teaches us one unforgettable lesson that "if even she is a bar girl treat her with respect"Loved the book!