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Glass Geishas

Susanna Quinn

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Every girl has her price . . .

To Steph, working as a bar hostess in Japan sounds too good to be true. Friends say she can earn a fortune simply by flirting with drunk businessmen, and there's no sex involved - honest. Old friends, Julia and Annabel, are earning piles of cash in Tokyo and say hostessing is perfectly safe.

But once in Japan, Steph realises Julia is a shadow of her former self and Annabel has disappeared. No one cares that Annabel's gone - least of all a troubled and secretive Julia.

As Steph searches for her missing friend, she is lured into gritty, glamorous Roppongi - an exotic world of sex, modern-day geishas and easy money. There she meets Mama San, a charismatic and powerful hostess club owner, who has worked in the shadowy Japanese sex industry all her life and knows everything about pleasing men.

But the longer Steph stays in Tokyo's sex district, the less finding Annabel seems to matter. Steph soon realises she must discover what's happened to Annabel, or risk selling a part of herself she'll never get back.

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Praise for Glass Geishas

  • 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

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Susanna Quinn

Susanna Quinn has worked as a journalist, ghost writer, book designer, hostess, club dancer and party masseuse. She lives in Brighton with her partner, baby daughter and many flocks of seagulls. She keeps a website at and can be found on Facebook and

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