Belle de Jour and her Internet diary came to widespread popular attention in the UK when she won the Guardian’s Best-Written Blog Award in December 2003 (she was shortlisted for the American equivalent in 2004). Her witty and frank observations of working in the sex trade and also of the common concerns of many young women living in the metropolis – dating, shopping, parents, partners, career – struck a chord with readers who flocked to the website. Even before the frantic media interest in the anonymous author’s identity, the site was registering around 20,000 hits every day. With the publication of THE INTIMATE ADVENTURES OF A LONDON CALL GIRL, her anecdotal memoirs of sex clients and family lunches, of bondage and home decorating, of perverts and boyfriends became a fully fledged book, and Belle de Jour the Bridget Jones for the post-’Sex and the City’ generation.
Guardian Best Blog 2003
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