Glass Geishas Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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Susanna Quinn is a born storyteller (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)
A fascinating thriller that delves into the Japanese sex industry and into the murky world of hostess clubs (Daily Express)
An involving read (Financial Times)
Gripping. (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat)
I read Glass Geishas in one sitting, with a break for sleep. This does not usually happen. It's a terrific read. (Fay Weldon, author of Chalcot Crescent)
Unputdownable. I was completely absorbed. Meticulously researched, GLASS GEISHAS is a real page turner that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, friendship and love over adversity. (Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo)
A sinister and seedy tale about the dark side of Tokyo's night scene. I stayed up late to find out what happened next. (Natasha Solomons, author of Mr Rosenblum's List)
A gripping, thrilling insight into the world of Japanese hostess bars. A seriously skilful page turner . . . don't read it on the beach unless you want sunburn. (Kate Harrison, author of The Secret Shopper's Revenge)
GLASS GEISHAS manages to do for Tokyo's infamous Roppongi district what Alex Garland's "The Beach" did for the Khaosan Road and Thailand. (Simon Toyne, author of Sanctus)
A fascinating look at the seedy underworld of Tokyo - the writing is skilful and vivid and the tension doesn't let up. Susanna Quinn is one to watch. (Julia Gregson, author of East of the Sun)
'This emotional and moving story from Susanna Quinn pulled at my heart . . . A gripping read which is beautifully written' ***** (www.whatsgoodtodo.com)
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Susanna Quinn is well placed to tell us about these women - she was one herself. Hostesses live on the edge of society in a world ruled by money and gangsters. Our protagonist soon finds out that you look after yourself first and trust no one. It's an easy fast-paced read, full of well-developed characters ranging from a clueless British journalist to a kind but unsympathetic Geisha.
This may be a work of fiction - but I have no doubt that Susanna met all of these people during the time she spent in Tokyo. The story is as informative as it is entertaining, making this book a must read for anyone interested in alternative lifestyles and the people who live them.
and around the seedy nightclubs of Roppongi. This book is without doubt based on well
researched knowledge and should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of sampling this
Steph goes to Tokyo wearing rose tinted spectacles - free drinks, loads of money to be
made and best of all she is going to be with Julia and Annabel, friends from her schooldays.
What a shock shes in for - nothing is as it seems and she is soon drawn into a seedy and
dangerous world. Susanna Quinn has obviously played a blinder with this her first novel
and l am sure it will be a bestseller l cannot wait to read her next one. Read it and
enjoy - l am sure thay like me you will not be able to put it down. Well done first rate.
Steph's bubble of hope is soon burst and to make things worse, Annabel has disappeared and Julia doesn't want to help her get her foot in the hostess door. All in all, Steph's dream of making money hand over fist has taken a nose dive before it can even get off the ground. She's stuck in a grubby flat with a thief for a room-mate and only an unfinished diary to give her any idea as to what might have happened to Annabel.
Steph lurches from one crisis to the next, owing money to her first employer Mama San Tanaka, getting screwed over by a customer and having a perpetual hangover from one day to the next.
The only friend Steph can rely on is an elderly lady who takes pity on her when she falls over outside a fabric shop. Calling her savior Mrs Kimono, Steph strikes up a fragile friendship with the older woman who once was a Geisha and who knows better than anyone the futility of a hostesses life in Japan.
Using Annabel's diary as a literary compass, Steph tries to make money whilst tracking down her missing friend and along the way she will make some shocking discoveries that will force her to reevaluate her own life and values.Read more ›
Mainly you are told Stephanie's story as she arrives in Japan to make as much money as she possibly can so therefore she can follow her dream of being an actress. As she arrives in Japan expecting her best friend from home Annabel to meet her on her arrival, but she is no-where to be seen as we follow Stephanie go from one fiasco to the next searching for her crock of gold. Stephanie tries to not forget about her friend but the lure of so called `easy' money takes over her life and as she seeks her rich danna. The life of a hostess as she seeks her fortune is for her another acting job but real life takes over and her life spirals out of control. But the pull of money is strong and the drink and drugs are addictive, even when she sees the other girls life's fall apart through drink and drugs this does not stop herself from falling into despair. We are also told the story of the Madam of the club known as the very famous Mama San, as she tells her story to a journalist you will learn of her own baptism of fire into the life of a hostess in world of the very seedy Japanese hostess clubs. It is clear she has had a hard life herself which has hardened her even further as she sees men as a way to make money and she rules the girls who work for her with a rod of iron.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am afraid I found this book boring, I kept jumping pages to get to the end.Published 21 months ago by Bod
What a great book. I thought I would give it a try this book and could not put it down. Lots of twists and turns.Published 22 months ago by Mr John Hawes
fabulous moving and inspiring. this book and others by this author dig deep into the human condition thank you for the information in stories so well constructed you get swept... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by Candida
Slightly repetitive and the main character can be extremely annoying. It's all right for reading on the train, but could have been better. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2014 by RMS
Really enjoyed the book but I found the immaturity of the main character Steph a little hard to believe and on more than one occasion I wanted to reach into book and give her a... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2014 by Lizzielupin
What a really great book, full of little things going on and just when you think you know how it will all turn out. How wrong was I!!! It is really worth reading.Published on 23 May 2014 by Eve Reay
Life in the far east for young women who believe into making fast money is a desillusion. This is an interestiing easy to read stort.Published on 27 April 2014 by bookfan
A fascinating and gripping insight into the world of Japanese hostess bars. It's clear the author had inside knowledge of this world, and her descriptive writing really brings... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by Pink-Lady