An Exciting Future
~ The Story of Lek, a Thai Bar Girl in Pattaya ~
Owen Jones, a South-Walian author from Barry, has just released the sequel to his first novel, the
title of which was 'Behind The Smile ~ The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya ~ subtitled Daddy's Hobby, which is
the name of the bar where Lek worked.
However, since the publication of the second book, the series, likely to become a trilogy due to its popularity,
will from now be called: 'Behind The Smile ~ The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya ~ and the first book will bear
the title of just 'Daddy's Hobby'.
The sequel is called 'An Exciting Future'. Mr Jones says that he hopes that the change is not too confusing.
The first book saw Lek working in a bar in the sex tourism industry and recounts her thoughts and modi operandi.
It also introduces us to Craig, a client, that the girls refer to as 'boyfriends'. Craig falls for Lek in a big way
and, as it happens, she likes him a lot too.
Craig takes her to Barry to meet his friends and family - the first time that she has ever been abroad.
The second book has them returning to Thailand to live. At first, they are not sure where to set up home, but
they eventually decide on Lek's village of birth. Baan Suay situated in the northern rice belt of Thailand. A place
that used to be called 'Lanna', The Land of a Million Rice Fields.
The small village is very industrious, but there is nothing there for Lek and Craig to do. The only work
available is farming for which neither of them is suited, because it takes regular practice to work that hard in
30-40 degrees centigrade.
In any case, Lek has no intention of becoming a farm labourer after ten years away. Craig may not work anyway
without a work permit, which he would never be granted.
The book shows how they cope with the different pressures put upon them by the loneliness, tedium and isolation
of village life in the remote Thai countryside.
Owen Jones' book 'Behind The Smile' can be obtained from his web site or blog