Information from Bangkok in Thailand where registration offices record marriages between Thai Brides and foreigners show a divorce rate of 15%.
'This is well below the 50% rate we now see in western countries,' says Alison. The real goal is not to limit Thai women but the greater number of women from India and Pakistan.
'There were some relationships where the Thai Bride or marriage partner was slightly older but I was also struck that the majority of the English men were younger middle aged.' The average age of English men in Alison's survey was 43.
The average age of each relationship was five years.
I realise that I did not use an accurate sample but my project was to get a picture.
It struck me that the English men and their Thai wives or partner were all quite determined to make their personal relationships successful.
She found, in addition to this, that a smaller percentage of the English men (25%) had a third level education.
'Many of them were small business owners or self employed tradesmen, one was a self employed medical professional.
Initially a thesis, it soon became an engrossing subject for Alison.
'I know a few English men who are quite interested in finding a Thai woman or a relationship with one.
The first thing that struck me was that the couples were not all stereotypes.
Like, you know the sexy Thai woman and older lecherous man.
Finally half of the couples had children and lived as an established family.