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Sassy and thought-provoking
on 17 April 2011
Never has the old adage of not judging a book by its cover been more appropriate here. The artwork to the Sugar Daddy Diaries may appear, to the casual observer, to suggest a somewhat standard chick-lit offering, but within it lies Croydon's illuminating insights into the world of rich, powerful but ultimately damaged men.
She lifts the veil on a world that many must think only exists in episodes of Sex and the City. Her quest for excitement and older, more sophisticated men leads her to Prada shops and exotic beaches, horribly-expensive champagne and exclusive hotels with eye-watering bills. But it also brings her into contact with complicated male characters - some of whom are likeable, others detestable.
Croydon herself, as our guide through the land of those who can literally buy anything they want, even a beautiful woman's charms for a while, is always entertaining, but not everyone will like her. Her moral compass perhaps does wobble at times, but she is clearly a confident, independent woman who knows what she wants and was prepared to go out and get it, behaviour which often makes both men and women uncomfortable. Not only that, but she had the balls to write about it afterwards, for which her bravery alone deserves credit.
As a result of her efforts, it is comforting to note that some men who have much material wealth, who drip with the modern-day trappings of success, can be so very fragile and lacking in genuine richness (the very same point that the Dalai Lama, no less, recently made himself). Croydon has shone a harsh light on that unfortunate aspect of the male psyche.