Belle De Jour: The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl

Based on the web blog by the escort Belle De Jour, a book adaptation soon followed and inspired by watching the ITV2 Series entitled Secret Diary of a Call Girl (with Billie Piper in the lead role) I wanted to give the book a read.

The book spans several months of Belle’s life –both her personal and professional. It’s an intimate, no-holds barred and honest portrayal of her life, but still keeping her life shrouded in secrecy, never revealing her name and code-naming her friends and clients. The book delves into Belle’s feelings towards her friends, the line of work she is in, family and trivial, everyday problems. It’s open in that sense and doesn’t hold back regarding the sexual experiences she has had – again both personally and professionally. It does make 50 Shades of Grey look tame and what’s more it’s also 100% true.

You would also think that reading a book by a professional escort, as a woman you would feel any other emotion except sympathy, but as I read through the book I began to feel quite empathetic towards her; she struggles with her personal life and the unconventional lifestyle that comes with being an escort.  But overall she seems to enjoy it – she relays her anecdotes about clients and the experiences she has had with simplicity and bluntness, showing she isn’t ashamed at how she makes her money to survive. She clearly takes pleasure in giving them…erm pleasure. Along with Belle De Jour’s colourful sex life, the book is honest, funny and personal and a great read.

 

The first thing you should know is that I’m a whore (The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl)

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