A true story of sun, sand, sex and secrecy. For a sassy young woman used to blagging, blogging and slogging her way through dreary London, the call of a glamorous, tax-free lifestyle in sunny Dubai just couldn't go unanswered. Over the course of two years, while an entire city rose from the dust Becky Wicks scaled a good few rungs of the hard-to-climb career ladder. She became a celebrity editor in a land where sex definitely does not sell and spent most nights in a five-star blur of champagne luxury. Dubai offered everything, but things soon got messy - not least because a wealthy Arab man made Becky his mistress. these days, shamed rule-breakers and failed entrepreneurs are a dime a dozen in Dubai, yet the city retains its allure. Becky Wicks lifts the burqa on the razzle-dazzle and reveals some of what goes on in the world's fastest up-and-coming city and shopping Mecca.
As a sassy young woman used to drinking, partying, blogging, and shopping her way through dreary London, the call of a glamorous, tax-free career in sunny Dubai just couldn’t go unanswered. Over the course of two years, an entire city funded by oil wealth rises from the dust around her as Becky rapidly scales the career ladder. She becomes a celebrity editor in a land where sex definitely does not sell and spends most nights in a five-star blur of champagne luxury. Dubai offers everything, but things soon get messy—not least because a wealthy Arab man makes her his mistress. Skinny-dipping, affairs, gay parties—Wicks soon discovers just how easy it is to break the law in Dubai! Wicks lifts the burqa from the razzledazzle and reveals some of the most scandalous goings-on in the world’s fastest up-and-coming city of gold.
This book is a transnational study of how contemporary fiction writers from the United States and Canada to Nigeria to India to Dubai have conceptualized the emergent social spaces of the diverse corners of the neoliberal world system. Over the span of the past three to four decades, free market economic policies have been sold to or pushed upon every society on the globe in some way, shape, or form. The upshot of this has been a world system structured in terms of a vast shift of power and resources from government to private enterprise, dwindling civic life replaced by rising consumerism, an emerging oligarchic rentier class, large segments of population faced with meager material conditions of existence and few prospects of socio-economic mobility, and a looming sense of a near future dominated by further economic collapses and mounting social strife. This book analyses a wide cultural array of some of the most poignant narrative engagements with neoliberalism in its various localized manifestations throughout the world.
She's lifted the burqa on Dubai, and ate, preyed and loved Bali. Now Becky Wicks heads to South America for a bit of LATINALICIOUS ! In her latest laugh-out-loud travel memoir, intrepid traveller Becky Wicks sets her sights on both the natural and - ahem! - man-made attractions of South America, and discovers that while gauchos aren't always hot, strangely, birdwatchers are ...From dodging naked Aussies on Bolivia's Death Road and diving with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands to conquering the Inca trail (just), being crushed at the Rio Carnival and having her fake designer bag snatched in a Colombian ghetto, Becky tangos, gallops, bikes and treks her way through this spectacular continent, offering heaps of handy travel tips and hilarious insights along the way. And experiencing a good few vino tinto hangovers, too.PRAISE FOR BURQALICIOUS'A funny, easy, breezy, heartwarming read'New WomanPRAISE FOR BALILICIOUS'Balilicious made me laugh so hard I almost spilled my Bintang'Justin Steinlauf, tNt Magazine'the real-life Bridget Jones hits the road ... this book is pee-your-pants funny'Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila and Losing Lila'She's done something amazing - convinced me this is a place I should take the time to explore'Sassi Sam, book blogger'Becky wicks at her endearingly honest best. Balilicious comes with Bali-belly laughs galore'Katie Spain, the Adelaide* magazine
A lot can happen when you set out to ′find yourself′. Sometimes, you can even lose the plot. From visiting ancient healers with cellphone addictions to leaving a shaking ashram intent on extracting her soul, Becky Wicks soon discovered that six months travelling round Bali wasn′t all going to be about finding inner peace and harmony. In fact, the perils of possessed teens, eating raw, yogic headstands, diving shipwrecks and dicing with black magic and demons all took their toll on the Island of the Gods. And that was before the vaginal steaming. Becky Wicks lifts the sarong on real life in Bali in a blur of locals, tourists, expats and other other eating, praying lovers who arrive... you know... not really knowing who they are.
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