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Priceless [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Daniels
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A hardback bestseller, this is the most authentic and moving account of a prostitute's life and a hidden world of sex and violence that you'll ever read

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Charlie Daniels has experienced every level of the business of prostitution, been to the depths, risen to the heights and survived both. She started her career as a streetwalker when she was a seventeen year-old single mother, living in a desolate tower block. She needed the money to buy nappies. Her dream was to live an exciting life, and since she had virtually no qualifications, the streets seemed to offer the best way to get it. But the streets are run by and for dangerous people. Eventually she realised that she wasn't going to be able to look after her beloved daughter properly and was forced to hand her over to her own foster mother, just as she herself was given away nearly twenty years before.
Charlie went into business as a Madam. But the streets caught up with her; she got into a fight with a group of girls, stabbed one of them in the eye, and ended up doing time. In prison she saw the error of her ways but within months of coming out, circumstances had forced her back onto the game. Deciding that there was now no other way out of the poverty trap, Charlie went back into business with a vengeance, becoming one of the most successful Madams in the country, with a string of fifty girls working for her.
By the time she was in her thirties Charlie had reached the pinnacle of her profession but she had also realised just how shallow and meaningless her life was, and how much she wanted to get her daughter back before it was too late. She would have to reinvent herself one last time...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340899778
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In 1970 a tiny baby called Moira, was taken away from her mother at birth, simply because her mother was single and "Of dubious and promiscuous character". As a result she spent her entire childhood in the care system, abused and abandoned many times.

The first five years of her life were blissful. Spent with a loving working class family, where she was known as Julie. Sadly this was not to last.

Although highly intelligent and showing great potential in subjects that interested her, she struggled at school with learning and behavioural difficulties - which today would be easily recognised as Aspergers, a form of mild autism. School wrote her off, ignoring her passions for the lunchtime photography club as well as creative writing.

Struggling to feel comfortable in her own skin, her teenage years were particularly painful. She spent many years in and out of residential homes where she became desperate to find love and instead found a chain of men who exploited her.

At 16 she left residential care and stepped out into the wide world with very little preparation. By the time she was 17 she had achieved her first goal of getting pregnant, without understanding what emotional let alone economic realities that would bring.

That was the point Charlie was befriended by an older woman who "took her under her wing" grooming her into street prostitution.

What follows is a journey of triumph over adversity. Charlie went "on the game" to be a good mother providing for her daughter and spent many years trying to get out - to become a better mother. Spending time in prison for a serious violent offence, as a result of over-defending herself, Charlie realised she had far more going on between her ears than her legs
- but would she be able to turn it all around?

Today Charlie is a successful business woman, award-winning, bestselling writer and now an outstanding female UK inspirational speaker at:
Life Reclamation (.eu)
In a strange twist of fate, she also gives spiritual life guidance as a gifted Medium & Clairvoyant, via her "Down To Earth" page on Facebook, where she has numerous testimonials verified by her international clients listed there.
Oh, and despite early career advice also managed to become a member of The Royal Photographic Society as well as the winner of two Koestler Awards for short stories & poetry.

"An intelligent, articulate woman... An incredible life - an extraordinary story"
- Lorraine Kelly, GMTV, 2007

"She's been there, done that, got the T-shirt and came through with flying colours"
- Trisha Goddard Show C5, 2006

"The redemption of Charlie Daniels is the kind of positive story that the government would like to replicate across the country"
- The Independent Newspaper, 2009

"Daniels's story is that of the enterprising entrepreneur...
She's no angel, but she's honest and funny... A success story"
- Daily Express newspaper, 2006

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless 18 July 2006
This book was a gripping read from start to finish.A true account of someones life that gives the reader an insight into the world of prostitution.The book deals with many sensitive issues around family life, a need to belong and be accepted for who Charlie daniels is.

It a emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish. This book will be an inspiration to so many. By writting this book Charlie daniels has opened up a whole knew world to so many people and i wish her continued success.This book is definately not one to be missed.( My partner read it after me and couldn't put it down)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless? Absolutely! 11 Jun 2006
You will not find many books as open and honest as Priceless written by Charlie Daniels. Her life story is here and what a life! This is a compelling autobiography and it will touch your heart. Make sure that when you open this book at Page 1 that you have a couple of hours or so to spare because like me you won't be able to put it down again until you get to the end. Charlie Daniels difficult childhood and life as a single mum leading her into a life of vice as a working girl are truthfully and dramatically described. Her rise from walking the streets to the top of the sex industry are colourfully brought to life. Her description of life in prison will change your views for ever. Highly recommended read for the open and not so open minded!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex Sirens Survival 11 Aug 2006
By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE
Charlie Daniels is someone we have probably all seen and heard but cannot put a face too immediately. However, if someone mentions Kilroy Silk, personal services, or Yorkshire's most notorious madam the image falls into place. Charlie has created a book that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. That should come as no surprise considering the author has developed her writing skills and combined them with first hand experience as a sex worker. Charlie won in two categories of the Koestler awards, writing plus poetry and has completed several writers' workshops building up to this opus magnum. The author's experiences' of life on the street makes for shocking reading and the fact she survived is an achievement in itself. The book is a bit of a fast roller coaster with its luxurious highs and gutter low moments, in fact a yo-yo would be a better description of the quick pace.

The book is relatively slim at 300 pages spread over 29 chapters with an average chapter length of approximately 10 pages. Steady readers or a chapter per night brigade have manageable chunks to digest. The book represents a big piece of Charlie's life, each episode unfolding over about 10 sides of paper as a story of a survivor in the sex industry evolves. Some of the subject matter may shock readers; child abuse, pedophilia, physical attacks, and drug abuse.

The writing style at the beginning of the book is minimalist and direct to set the scene and take you into the sex industry world. There is an absence of waffle and the Spartan feel made me reflect on the skeletal life style the author endured on the street. As the book progresses a richer picture develops reflecting the authors change in lifestyle.

Charlie shares her life on the street with you and explodes myths that it is easy money.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie's Story - Totally Unmissable!! 13 July 2006
By Sue
If you are a reader who enjoys autobiographies which tell it as it is with no holding back, then this is a book for you. Having seen the book highlighted on the local news I decided that this is for me. Charlie talks about her sometimes very difficult life from walking the streets very early in her life to reaching the top of her profession by becoming a Madam, her journey is described with openness and honesty. You felt as though you were travelling through her life with her. You experience the distresses, especially the heartache of having to be parted from her beloved daughter, the lows as well as the highs. Charlie also describes her time in prison with such detail that you almost feel you are experiencing life in the prison with her and the strong camaraderie of the other women so much, that when she is released the very moving account she gives stays with you.

One's imagination is then filled with the charismatic and flamboyant lifestyle she led when she became a Madam. This lady also has a very witty and sharp mind and you will also find yourself laughing at her very dry sense of humour. What also comes across is her love of culture and the arts.

It was a book I did not want to end, and as well as giving us tremendous insight and awareness of one of the oldest professions it leaves you looking for more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By imogen
I'm a single mum & although I've made different life choices, having read this book I feel as if I have a unique insight into how girls are lured into the sex trade and what keeps them there so long.

I've previously read one or two books of a similar nature, (previously this was a world I knew very little about), but always felt they were only scratching at the surface - this book paints a frank, vivid & fascinating picture & what makes it essentially more powerful, is its completely honest approach and moving human story.

As well as the vice theme, there are other stories running that had me absolutely hooked; the authors search for her birth parents, her struggle to become a good mother and her attraction to dangerous and often violent men.

There have been some excellent survivor stories over the years, (but im sure a lot of them would have been ghostwritten) so the fact the author won an award in prison for her writting, (the winning piece being one of the chapters)

-is a truly inspirational story in itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, not as juicy as i'd hoped though.
Usually only read adult fiction & erotic confessionals, so this wasn't my usual kind of read as it's about all her experiences. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
very interesting book - fair play to Charlie she has worked very hard to get where she is today, total respect
Published 8 months ago by sandra shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars good
A great read- very honest and evocative. I felt as though I was there. Charlie tells it all, warts and all- some parts were a difficult to read and she's made a lot of mistakes but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesing
I liked this book because it was local and was interesting, when places were mentioned it was good to say I know where that is.
Published 14 months ago by Carole
4.0 out of 5 stars An example of never giving up, however bad things may be
The author has given a warts and all review of her life. Her start in life was not one we would wish on our own children, but through hard work, and truly testing times, she carved... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John R
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
just read this book and couldn't put it down charlie is both brave and an inspiration to all women. my daughter also enjoyed this book and i will pass on to others. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A total disappointment
I totally agree with the following previous reviewers: Alana, Thursy and Cartoon. I didn't even finish this book and gave up on it three-quarters of the way through - it was that... Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by J. Kisseih
4.0 out of 5 stars As it is!
Charlie tells it as it is with some heart stopping moments. Rags to riches and back again, motherhood and the quest for wealth are all covered.
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Read the entire book in three sittings! Charlie's story has lots of twists and turns, and keeps you gripped until the very end!
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by kay
2.0 out of 5 stars An egomaniac with no remorse
I'd read some good reviews of this book but I was very disapointed with the book myself.
Charlie Daniels tells us of her decent into depravity, her abandonment of her own... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Thursy
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