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Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girlby Anonymous
Synopses & Reviews
In a world of twelve-year-olds in sexy boots and grannies in sparkly mini-dresses, the surest way to tell the prostitute walking into a hotel at Heathrow is to look for the lady in the designer suit.
Attractive, smart, educated, and enterprising, Belle seems like your average twenty-something working girl. And in a way, she is. But there's one thing you should know...
Belle, as only a few close friends even suspect, is a high-end London call girl — a pro, a consummate craftswoman, and one of the most down-to-earth, outspoken, and interesting women you will ever meet.
After graduating from university, she found that her impressive degree couldn't get her a great job, pay her rent, or put food on the table. Then she accidentally discovered that a few hours of fun with a wealthy couple could bag her more money than her girlfriends made in a week, and instantly realized that the world's oldest profession was for her.
Follow this stiletto-heeled beauty from Mayfair hotel suites, where she debates the merits of Martin Amis and Iris Murdoch after performing every act her client demands; to her hometown, where she sips tea and shops for shoes with her mum. Learn the ABCs of being a call girl from the provocative sidebars that introduce every chapter, and discover what Belle does in her spare time — whether cruising the raunchy underworld of England's club culture or getting it on with her boyfriend, "the Boy," all the while managing a nonstop parade of "business appointments" with breathtaking élan.
A sensational bestseller in England, Belle de Jour sparked a national guessing game as to the identity of this gutsy modern-day Moll Flanders. You won't need to know her real name to be shocked, amazed, and left limp with laughter by the true story of her day-to-day adventures.
Spiked with penetrating wit and frankness, Belle de Jour will keep you enthralled until its very last page.
"In this entertaining memoir, a 28-year-old British university grad gravitates to London to find a proper job, gets discouraged by temp office work and turns to the lucrative world of the sex trade, where she is asked how she does on her A-levels — not university requirements, but 'anals.' Anonymous is frank and enterprising, and eager to dish the details of her life as a call girl for an elite London agency that charges 300 per hour — 'more than 30 times what I would have made doing anything else,' she notes briskly. She's had a little experience as a dominatrix and isn't averse to having sex with women; she's open, definitely, to certain procedures such as fisting, rimming and OWO, or Oral Without (a condom). What sets this chronicle apart from being a numbing operations manual is the author's saucy, ironic tone (she loves her Jewish family), her evident intelligence (she studied French and catches clients' literary allusions) and well-placed friends she describes with hilarious precision. With her 'straitlaced as a whalebone corset' boyfriend, she actually hopes for true love, and even reveals to him her profession — which she details on her Web site that the Guardian awarded in 2003 'Best Written British Blog.' (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The self-indulgent navel-gazing of a high-priced call girl....Mildly alluring in the racy passages, but overall, an emotionally detached and disjointed effort." Kirkus Reviews
Belle couldn't find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple that gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew--by becoming a call girl. The rest is history. Belle became a twenty-something London working girl--and had the audacity to write about it--anonymously. The shockingly candid and explicit diary she put on the Internet became a London sensation. Now, in BELLE DE JOUR, she shares her entire journey inside the world of high-priced escorts, including fascinating and explicit insights about her job and her clients, her various boyfriends, and a taboo lifestyle that has to be read to be believed. The witty observations, shocking revelations, and hilarious scenarios deliver like the very best fiction and makes for a titillating reading experience unlike any other.
Unable to find a job after college, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew by becoming a 20-something London call girl. She shares her entire journey inside the world of high-priced escorts, including fascinating and explicit insights about her job and her clients, her various boyfriends, and a taboo lifestyle that has to be read to be believed.
About the Author
Belle de Jour is the nom de plume of a working girl whose blog (www.belledejour.co.uk) became a media sensation and won the Guardian award for "Best Written British Blog." Still anonymous, she is working on her next book. Belle de Jour lives in the U.K.
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