Note: Yes, this is the same book as The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, by Belle de Jour. No, I have no idea why they changed it.
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
Amazon lists this title as being available in hardback, paperback and Kindle format. I read it on my Kindle (although I also own the original in paperback ... somewhere).
- How kinky?
Sometimes, incidentally. She writes very frankly about sex, very matter-of-fact about specific acts. Many are vanilla, but there are kinks in here, such as watersports, consensual violence, and however you define trying to see how many fingers you can fit up your own ass while getting fucked.
- How sexy?
Very. Belle writes very engagingly, occasionally poetically. The storyline is easy to follow and most of the characters, despite being unnamed, are three-dimensional in most of the ways that matter. Little tidbits of people's lives, their foibles and personalities are titillating, and leave you wanting more.
- How informative/inspiring?
For me, very. Many of the passages have inspired fantasies in the past, and particular acts/scenes have been known to be highlighted by me for future reference.
- How engaging?
I think so. It is a work of non-fiction, but like so many biographies and diaries, reads as fascinatingly and fluidly as a well-written novel. This is about the fourth or fifth time I have read it, so that tells you something.
- How well executed?
Oh yes. As indicated in the title, it is entirely in diary format, although with interesting asides, lists and notes sprinkled throughout to break the format up. Belle is an excellent writer, and during those exciting years when her real identity was still a mystery, it was speculated she was actually a professional author, and/or one who read literature and liberal arts at uni. (This has since been proven spectacularly false.)
- Overall reaction
I love it. It is easy to read, easy to understand, easy to get through. A lovely little piece of brain candy, as I call it, for the mentally unchallenged. The author's intellect and erudition shine through the text, reading as a sympathetic and intelligent friend, confidante, and sexual idol. I love it, always have.
Buy this book if:
- You'd like some light, but explicit, journal-style reading - perhaps for a plane journey, a lazy Sunday, or just some guilt-free brain candy.
- You enjoy the writing of an eloquent, educated, very sex-positive writer, who doesn't shy away from uncomfortable and sometimes bizarre topics.
- You appreciate and are interested in the lifestyle of a real-life prostitute in 1990's London, and not the glamourous, fluffed-up version you see in Hollywood films, and equally not the down-and-out, heroin-addicted version so often portrayed by the very same people.
- If you liked Subtext: A Modern Day Tale of Female Submission, by Kate Marley, you will love this!