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This review is from: Bunny on a Bike: Playboy croupiers in 80s London (a Bev and Carol adventure Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Growing up in the sixties and seventies, the Playboy Empire, imported to London but with its unmistakable whiff of The New World, seemed the embodiment of glamour and sexiness, the ultimate in fast-lane living. Seldom did one stop to wonder about the lives of those gorgeous blondes and brunettes who, though dressed as bunnies, seemed more like languorous, exotic birds; one simply assumed that they were as wonderful as those of the stars and millionaires to whom they dealt cards or served drinks.
Bev Spicer's hilarious recollection of her time as a Playboy bunny in eighties London blows that notion clean out of the water. She and her friend Carol, footloose, fancy free, fresh out of Uni and - like most young people in Thatcher's Britain - unemployed, respond to an ad for croupiers in a Playboy casino "just for a laugh". The world they end up in is one of chilly lodgings, malfunctioning loos, comfort-eating on Pop Tarts and bacon butties (when not forbidden by one of their employer's enforced diets) and going to work, not in a Ferrari, but on a bike.
Bev Spicer writes in a dry, funny, ingenuous and chatty style which is highly individual and very readable. She describes in merciless detail the back-biting, bitchiness, brushes with celebrities (by which she and Carol seem singularly unimpressed) and the way in which their own lives and loves are woven around their bizarre career. Yet she never for a moment lapses into salaciousness or moralising and the characters she encounters (such as the ubiquitous, bum-fondling Keith) are wonderfully three-dimensional, described with a razor-sharp yet always kindly eye. Though this reads like a novel, it is, of course, all true and its authenticity shines through every page. A rare treat.