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Description - The Pleasure Dome by Josie Barnard

Twenty-three year old Belle is bright, funny and a hopeless mess of self-doubt; a situation not impoved by having a glamorous, highbrow television presenter for a mother. In a bid to shock her mother and hijack some attention for herself, she gets a job as a dancer at Xanadu, a glitzy and cheap strip joint in Soho run by a 'hands on' proprietor, with tough girls who eye this new innocent in the dressing room with thinly veiled scorn and suspicion. But to her surprise, Belle finds her new persona - in g-strings and outlandish stage shows- fits her better than her old anxious self. This new, flamboyant, sexy thing feels like the real Belle. But only until Belle makes the mistake of thinking she is equal to the situation...The relationship between sex, self and society is brilliantly dissected in this darkly witty second novel by one of Britain's rising stars.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860497612
ISBN-10: 1860497616
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Josie Barnard

Josie Barnard has been an editor, journalist and radio broadcaster. Her first novel, Poker Face (Virago) was the winner of a Betty Trask Award. She is the step-daughter of Hermione Lee.