When I saw the title of this book for the first time I really laughed aloud; the image that it conjured up of a Playboy Bunny Girl riding a bicycle was hilarious. When I was growing up in the Swinging Sixties the Bunny Girl was the epitome of glamour and sophistication. This book certainly blows the lid off that idea!
I thought it would be an amusing book to read and it certainly was. But it's more than just a 'fun' read. Author Bev Spicer has created a wonderfully detailed picture of the Playboy world of the 1980s; but Bunny on a Bike is also a charming evocation of that time in life when you think you can do anything you want and get away with it.
Carol and Bev are starting out and have no idea what they want to do to earn a living until they stumble into a job opportunity to train as croupiers for the international Playboy empire. The story of their initiation into that world is fascinating and often hilarious but at times you share their frustration and gathering unwillingness to participate further.
The era is the 1980s which is explored in many aspects throughout the book. The efforts by the two girls to find somewhere reasonable to live takes you into the dark and seamy side of unregulated private landlords and you feel positively relieved when they escape and get somewhere decent.
There are some interesting supporting characters in this memoir that hopefully don't all recognise themselves. They help to create the sense of the era as well as providing back-up for the two protagonists as they work their way through the demands of their training and some extremely unhealthy life style choices.
Bunny on a Bike is a light-hearted and easy book to read. The writing style is clear and direct and conveys the sense that the writer is talking to you directly really well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading other books by this author.
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