Finallt, the real name of Belle de Jour has been revealed. The best kept secret in British publishing was what was the real name of Belle de Jour, the diariest of her time as a call girl.
There were endless suspicions: that it was really some writer making it all up, even that it might be Toby Young. But the truth is now out: Belle du Jour is Dr, Elizabeth Magnanti, a research scientists working in Bristol.
She was short of money when finishing her Ph.D in London some years ago and so she became a prostitute to pay her bills. It all was actually true.