Behind the Smile, the story of Lek, a bargirl in Pattaya

The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya
'Daddy's Hobby'

Unsolicited Reviews of
'Behind The Smile'

~ The Story of Lek, a Thai Bar Girl in Pattaya, Thailand ~

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Owen Jones

unsolicited testimonials

Hello Owen,

I am French, and I have just finished your book Behind the Smile.
I liked your book very much, I discovered Thailand during the wedding of one of my bests friends in 2008 and have been back in 2009 and 2011.

I have been three times in Pattaya (alone not with the friend and his wife) and I would say that when I read your book I saw many things that I have experienced in this city.

When I read the chapter where Craig is in the village of Lek I remenbered the first time that we were in the family of my friend's wife, with all the members of the family in the house to see the farangs.

What had surprised me was also that they seem to hide their feelings, and you explain that very well in your book.

How they eat, how they live, your book is very realistic, we see the point of view of the farang and you imagine the point of view of the Thai lady (and in my opinion it seems also very realistic).

I think that there is a little part of your autobiography, am I wrong?
At this time are you living in Thailand? Or are you living in Wales?
Writing a book take a long time, will you write another book about Thailand?

Best regards.

PS: Sorry my English is far from being perfect



Andy Gillard posted to Behind The Smile the story of Lek, a bar girl in Pattaya on FaceBook.
"Just finished this book ... Read it in a week cover to cover .. I could not put it down ! Can you please tell me when the sequel is out?"


Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest - 2013

I mentioned last month that I had entered my first novel into this mammoth international competition, so this is an update.

The competition was split into five sections and 2,000 entrants were allowed in each.

I put my book, 'Behind the Smile ~ The story of Lek, a Bar girl in Pattaya' into the 'Romance' section.

The rules were that a pitch for the book - a 300 word synopsis - would be used to eliminate 1,600 novels in each section. The remaining 400 or 20% would go on to the next stage.

I am as pleased as punch to announce that my book has been selected to go through.

It is a fantastic encouragement to me. This is my first novel and I was worried about it - but not any longer.

Whether it goes forward or not, I know that it is in the top 80% and that is a huge boost to the confidence.


I read your book 3 or 4 months ago and I liked it a lot. I gave it to my Thai girlfriend who speaks quite good English and she liked it too.

I am a German living in Paris and I have seen in your profile that we have about the same age.

I hope you are going to write another book soon.

Rainer K. Jan 31, 2013 Goodreads


I read your book in the summer when I was on holiday and enjoyed it very much. It gave me a wonderful insight into the Thai bar culture and helped me understand the complex interactions that go on. I have recommended your book to several people and not lent them my book as I was hoping they would buy a copy. How are the sales? :-)

Ross - Dec 21, 2012 by email




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