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Belle de Jour: 'Even a hooker can find love'

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Bille Piper,
who played Belle's character
in the TV series The
Secret Diary of a Call Girl,
based on Magnanti's blog

Bille Piper, who played Belle's character in the TV series The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, based on Magnanti's blog

Bille Piper, who played Belle's character in the TV series The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, based on Magnanti's blog

When it comes to understanding the "odd and inscrutable species we call man", few people are as qualified to offer practical advice and guidance as Belle de Jour. Having worked for years as a high-class London call girl -- and written an anonymous blog about her experiences, which was eventually turned into books and then a television series -- she finally revealed her identity last week.

Belle is the nom de plume of a 34-year-old scientist, whose real name is Dr Brooke Magnanti. In her line of work, she has encountered, in her own words, "men of every conceivable shape, size and type. I've seen them at their most cocksure and at their most vulnerable"


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