One of the best kept literary secrets of the decade was revealed last night when a 34-year-old research scientist, Dr Brooke Magnanti, announced that she was the writer better known as call girl Belle de Jour.
The author behind the blog turned bestselling series of books detailing her secret life as a prostitute decided to come out to one of her fiercest critics, the Sunday Times columnist India Knight, after claiming anonymity had become “no fun”. “I couldn’t even go to my own book launch party,” she said.
It does appear, however, that Magnanti’s hand was forced after a former boyfriend appeared set to reveal her secret: Knight’s interview with her today refers to “an ex-boyfriend with a big mouth lurking in the background”.
Magnanti says on her blog that “I am a woman. I lived in London. I was a call girl. The people, the places, the actions and feelings are as true now as they were then, and I stand behind every word with pride.” Bit of an anti-climax, really.
First posted: Sunday, November 15th, 2009.