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Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

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 who 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 20-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. 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 make for a titillating reading experience unlike any other.


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From Publishers Weekly

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)
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'this is a no-holds-barred account of the high-class sex trade, and an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary woman.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (11.9.05) 'Belle is wickedly witty and you'll pick up a kinky trick or three on the way.' COSMOPOLITAN (October) **** 'Belle's tamer anecdotes would make Graham Norton choke. But it does possess a raw emotional intimacy, which is surprising given that it started off as an internet blog...it is Belle's portrayal of city-life alienation that is so candid.' -- Isobel Shirlaw TELEGRAPH (24.9.05) 'Insight into life as a high-class hooker. Shocking but funny.' HEAT (1-7 October) **** 'A good diarist draws you in through intrigue or through empathy. Belle does both...Everyday middle-class London is caught with its trousers down.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE (1.1.06)

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 27, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QRIGQW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Unique September 14, 2008
Format:Paperback
First off, I'd like to offset other reviewers' claims that this book misleadingly refers to prostitution as a safe and thrilling lifestyle. I think its important to say that this is a unique portrayal of ONE woman's life in sex work. She very clearly states that there are many levels of sex work and the vast majority are not safe, enjoyable, or beneficial in anyway. She obviously enjoys much of her work and simply because her experience does not fit the mold, does not mean she should be silenced.

Secondly, there are sex scenes in the book and they are to some degree explicit. Is this too much? Well considering the nature of the book, I think not. Considering the importance of the job to the book, so much so that it is in the very title and also the importance of her pseudonym, I think its quite understandable that sex should be a key element in the book. Isn't that part of the experience we are so intrigued by when it comes to this particular author?

Also, as one reviewer mentioned the previous relationship and friend-circle is not full of an extraordinary amount of depth. What we need to remember is that this is adapted from the author's blog. For some bloggers, myself included, other people's lives are their own to tell. We just tell what relates to us. I felt that Belle's interaction with her friends and ex-lovers were covered meaningfully and naturally.

This is a diary and by definition it's not the type of writing that will be layered with back story or references. Although meant to be read in the fashion that most blogs are nowadays, it is written with immediacy and often with the intent to be brief.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ... or you could just go and read the blog... July 14, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be sexy, witty, charming and funny. It's an amusing and entertaining read, and gives you a glimpse of a lifestyle you probably know little about.

It's also taken, word for word, from her blog.

I started reading Belle's blog a few years ago and as I quickly got into it, I went back and read every entry from the beginning. This book is taken directly from the blog (minus a few "entries" in the book, and the Being a Call Girl from A to Z dealio at the beginning of each chapter). There is almost no new material, and what is new, is few and far between and not anything earthshattering.

Frankly, I was a little disappointed, being a devoted reader of her blog, to find out the book is just the blog, in hard copy. It for me was not worth what I paid for it, since I'd already read it for free, and can back and read it again, for free, anytime I want. Also, the blog has a lot more content, much of which is not in this book. She posts regularly.

I do recommend reading this book as it's delightful, but you may want to save yourself the $ and just read the blog. I think, personally, you get more out of it (since it's more comprehensive), and it's also current.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic, but fun... July 19, 2008
Format:Paperback
This was the second memoir of prostitution that I have read (the first being The Scorpion's Sweet Venom), and so far, here is what I've learned:

- The sex scenes will as a rule be explicitly detailed and told with implausible detachment.

- Prostitution will be conveyed as a chic and not an altogether unpleasant profession.

- Flashbacks will abound in pitiful attempts at characterization and a more literary angle.

Belle de Jour was no exception to these rules, but it was a fun if not compelling read. I really enjoyed the author's witty style, even if reading about her friends was utterly boring. By the end of the book, every man in the author's life seemed to merge into one tall-ridiculously-attractive fellow with a proclivity for rough sex and moping over ex-girlfriends.

All in all, I would like to see the genre of prostitution memoirs take a more realistic/gritty turn. But then I have to really ask myself, do I really want to read the tell-all memoir of an Atlanta crack whore? Perhaps publishers choose these high-end prostitute tell-alls for a reason...
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as interesting as it wants to be... June 23, 2008
By j.s.
Format:Paperback
Compelled by Showtime's ad campaign for their new series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," I picked up the book (which is based on a real call girl's award-winning blog). While the book was interesting for its (somewhat) candid view of upper-class prostitution, it also kind of fell flat.

The book works in many ways. Each chapter opens with the "ABCs" of a London call girl. These definitions, such as "Z is for Zippers," are quite funny and interesting. The anonymous author also has a knack for finding great humor in her work and interaction with clients.

On the downside, many chapters sound like they belong in a thirteen-year-old's diary. There is way too much time devoted to memories of ex-boyfriends and secret crushes. I wouldn't mind having this information if it were written about with the same attention to detail that the sexual encounters receive. It would also be bearable if the other characters were fleshed out more. Instead, we get letters for names (A1, A2, A3, A4, and N) and virtually nothing else. Why should we care about the author's relationships if she can't describe then in any real way?

If the book were written as a more focused tell-all or if the supporting characters were more fleshed out, it would be highly recommended. It has some funny moments and interesting stories about call girls, but the meaningless babble about wooden characters makes it tedious and less interesting. A good book to skim and read at random.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 17 days ago by Spaz
5.0 out of 5 stars great attraction !
very interesting scenarios in this book but also the feelings every time she was up for a job i found to be so real i can only imagine how hard this job can be ! Read more
Published 3 months ago by patricia medrano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book was very entertaining! You can tell that the author put her heart into this book. Articulate, smart, funny...read this book!
Published 3 months ago by Christina Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars The books better than the TV show
I think this is a fantastic read and better than the tv show. (I love the tv show.) I love the authentic voice and am looking forward to future works.
Published 3 months ago by Keira Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it better than 50 Shades of Grey
Published 3 months ago by ma st1
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Awesome book, awesome show!! Very entertaining without being trashy or vulgar. Definitely a very good, worthwhile purchase on both counts!!
Published 6 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars similar to show but not as visual
Great and easy read. Not as good as the show was on show time but still funny and informative about the life of a call girl in London
Published 6 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Guilty Pleasure Read
It's not Keats, but it's really a fun read when you just want to relax with a glass of wine after a long day of work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roxanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty Fun
This is a fast and fun read it follow the Show Time series. The shipping was fast and the quality o the book was good.
Published 8 months ago by Barbie T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as entertaining as I had hoped
This was written like a journal just as the title implies but it wasn't as "spicy" as I had hoped.
Published 8 months ago by LL Cool Muffin
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