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Belle De Jour: The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl Hardcover – January 7, 2005
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Belle de Jour is the nom de plume of a high-class call girl working in London.This is her story. From debating the literary merits of the works of Martin Amis with naked clients, entering a hotel with two whips strapped to the lining of her coat, and juggling her love-life with her professional one, Belle's no-holds-barred account of her experiences as a prostitute is frank, funny and completely compelling. Since the summer of 2003, Belle's award-winning website has charted her day-to-day adventures on and off the field. In it, she has confessed her triumphs and disasters in the world of dating, introduced readers to her friends N and 'the four As' and chronicled the ins and outs of her working life. Now she elaborates on those diary entries, revealing how she became a working girl, what it feels like to do it for money - and why she can recommend it - and where to buy the best knickers for the job. Sometimes shocking, often hilarious, always thought-provoking, the 'Intimate Adventures' is the story of a 21st-century Moll Flanders, giving us an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of the high-class sex-trade, and an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary, ordinary woman.
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Recommended it to so many friends. BIG PROBLEM: So many copycats in the stores, if the Author ever sees this, you may want to put some thing unigue on the cover such as : As seen on BBC or something to sift it out of the rest.
Belle writes with wit, clarity and in an honest way that is in turn shocking (which you would expect from a book of its title), and other times surprising and thoughtful. An interesting read, though I found it difficult to keep the details about her personal life straight, due to nomenclature (which I understand is in the interest of protecting identities, but I found that names like A1, A2, A3 and A4 were difficult for me to differentiate without different names).
All said, a worthwhile read.
That being said, I don't think is for everyone looking for a real story with a beginning, middle, and end. I think you just have to take it as is - a documentation of a woman's life for a short period of time. It was witty, had a definite voice, and made Belle into a character I enjoyed more in print than on the screen. I personally think this would have been really interesting if the author had turned it into a work of fiction with a more developed storyline, hence why I only gave it three stars. Regardless, it was a fast read, quite enjoyable, and I think anyone who is a fan of the show (or interested in the 'Call Girl' culture that has come up from it) would like the book.
I do wish it was a little cheaper for Kindle purchase though... 8.66 seemed a little pricey for what you get.
Anyhow I really did enjoy this book, hopefully you will too :)