This book takes you right into the action & punches you in the gut. It reads like a Martina Cole thriller and once I picked it up I could not put it down. To be fair I did have more reason than most to dig in, as I work with sex workers at a project; however that aside the writing is compelling, the stories moving and at times the humour was a blast.
If you were only to read the first part it would be a mistake. There is a clear transformation taking place and you have to wait to see it all unfold. The first stage is her street days in the ghetto, the next where she is taking herself quite unexpectedly to an all new business level and making it financially, then a stage where she realises she does not like the person she has become and chooses another life altogether. She is painfully reminded how fragile life is and what really counts and suffers some of the most horrendous abuse all through her life, bouncing back and reinventing herself constantly.
She is BRUTALLY honest and I think it's a shame others jump on this and pull HER down as in my opinion whatever you think of Charlie - it's a cracking good read!
Priceless - Charlie Daniels
Description: Genre: Biography / Author: Charlie Daniels / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2007-05-31 by Hodder Paperbacks.
This book is quite easy to spot on shelves because of it's slightly provocative cover. It shows us the shapely legs of a woman wearing stockings and heels, bathed in a dark red light.
Priceless is basically the autobiography of Charlie Daniels, a woman who claims to have experienced every level of the business of prostitution and all the highs and lows that this lifestyle entails.
The books takes us through her initial introduction to prostitution, her struggle to bring up her children and the dangers that the life exposed her to.
We are also told tales of violence, both suffered at the hands of clients and also inflicted upon others (she served a jail term for a violent attack on another girl). There is also a lot of family background, which helps us to build up a mental picture of the author and her situation.
I wasn't sure what I would think of this book, and to be honest, while it was a decent enough read, I think that I felt less sympathy for the author than I had initially expected to. In a way, that was refreshing as I sometimes feel that this kind of book is written to evoke sympathy in the reader, rather than just to be a straightforward account of the facts.
This book is more direct than some, it doesn't hold back on describing scenes which might shock or disturb the reader but I still felt that there was a little something missing. The style of writing seemed a little clinical at times, and quite unemotional and matter of fact.
I found this book an okay read but not as gripping as I had hoped it would be. I personally would have liked it to be more reflective (on the authors feeling and emotions) as opposed to just detailing the facts but of course, everyone is different and this is only my opinion.
An okay read, but I have read better, 3 Dooyoo stars from me.
I have a signed copy of this book from Charlie, and as soon as I read the book I was hooked, charlies life has been full of ups and downs and this book is so well written. Also after writing this book charlie devoted her life to helping people move away from he life of prostitution.
The book is very thought provoking and I would dare anyone to try and get through the book without sheding a tear.
Charlie was a 17 yr old single mum living in a tower block, she had no qualifications and barely enough money to buy her childs nappies. She was introduced to prositution through a freind who had asked her to be her 'minder' for the evening. Charlie then started working the streets her self. She soon realised how dangerous it was on the streetts and realised she was unable to care for her child and put her into care. Charlie soon moved on to working in parlours and then finally became a madam and had her own brothels. She was sent to prison after a fight and realised the error of her ways but when she was realised she decicded that there was no way out of the povety trap and ended up becoming one of the most well known madams of the north west.
I would highly recomend this book as you get to see another side to the way people live and also see how charlie has gone from strengh to strengh to be where she is now.
Priceless is the autobiography of a prostitute. But it's not the usual story of someone who got lured into drugs and turned to prostitution as a means of funding her habit. This book provides a thought provoking and fascinating read.
Charlie's early life was a confusing mess. She discovered, when she was around 12 years old, that her 'mother' was actually a foster mother. She had never been formally adopted, and felt rootless.
Starting work in a lingerie factory, she became friends with a workmate who was also on the game, and decided that this was what she wanted to do. She started on the streets, but soon 'progressed' to working in a brothel. The story follows her as she decides that she can do better, and opens her own brothel.
She also has a spell in prison for killing another prostitute, which, as you read it, seems to be in self-defence. While in prison, she educates herself and is determined not to go back to prostitution when she is released. However, she finds that, due to her record, she is unemployable, and has no choice but to return to her former life. This time round, she starts a high class escort agency, and is very successful, becoming wealthy on the proceeds.
It is only when her daughter, born as a result of a one-night stand, grows up enough to understand what her mother really does for a living, that Charlie decides that enough is enough. She had started out of desperation, but the need no longer existed. She saw how bad life was for prostitutes lower down the scale, and turned to making television appearances suggesting how safety could be improved for the girls on the street. This led to her being taken on as a media consultant on 'adult issues'.
It is very easy to form an opinion on prostitution from a position of detachment. Charlie Daniels tells it like it is. She doesn't shirk from taking the blame for her wrong decisions, and comes across as a strong person who made the choices she felt were right at the time. So many books of this type take the path of abused child/bad company/drugs/blame society. This one doesn't. I found that I had both sympathy and respect for Charlie, but I also felt that she wouldn't give a damn for either - she'd made her choices and there was no point in regretting the wrong ones.
All in all, I found it a very moving book, and would thoroughly recommend it.