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Call Me Elizabeth: Wife, Mother, Escort Paperback – 27 Jul 2006


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (27 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751536989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751536980
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both funny and shocking at times, this is extraordinarily honest stuff. (HOT STARS)

[An] incredible story . . . a touching account of her life to date (SOUTH LONDON PRESS)

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A frank, funny and shocking memoir of one woman's struggle to free her family from debt - by becoming an escort.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katerina4488 on 14 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book in three days and I really did feel for the plight of 'Elizabeth' and what she was forced to put herself through to help her family survive. I thought it was a good read and it was enlightening as to how these things actually work and how people can fall into such professions quite by chance.

However, for all that enjoyed about the book, I was also frustrated when I learnt that she was doing it mostly to be able to afford to put her children through private school! I know this was due to her bad childhood etc and I can totally understand that she wanted to give them everything, but I can say that, from my own experience of moving schools three times up and down the country from the age of 4 until 12, that this did me less harm then it would have to find out my mother had been a prostitute.

Call me heartless, but why didn't she just send them to a normal state school in the first place, which would have meant no school bills, and then maybe she might have been able to survive with either less time being an escort or without having to do it at all. Just my opinion.

I also thought that it was a shame that she didn't properly acknowledge any of the real issues surrounding people who are abused as children and what they carry into later life. That would have been important, and I think it should have been addressed more seriously as opposed to the Hollywood-style ending!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By palace pier on 10 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
This book left me feeling rather flat. I suppose I have to believe this is a true story but there seem to be so many 'unbelievables' that at times I had my doubts.eg did Paul really never question what she was doing night after night? He is hardly mentioned except to be slated,but she is quite happy to leave 6 children with him while she is working.He couldnt have been that bad. Did she have such high expectations of the men in her life that they felt inadequate?
Some of the story reads like a Mills & Boon novel...6 wonderful children who never seem to want her to stay at home with them,and David who appears like a knight in shining armour on the last page.Wonder what happened to him.

Yes,women have to make sacrifices all the time,especially when money is tight, but usually the first thing to be sacrificed is a high flying lifestyle,something that never seems to occur to this lady.Most women do not take up prostitution.
If anyone is thinking about this line of work there are some handy hints,so for this reason the book is useful. It is not titillating and her experiences are not embellished,but there just seemed an unreal air about the whole thing.
Very easy to read. Make up your own mind
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Butcher on 23 May 2005
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Whilst this is largely a good 'holiday' read, I feel that Ms Annandale hammered home a little too hard the justification for doing what she has done in the many references she made to her children's extra curicular activities.
There are many inconsistencies with Ms Annandale's story but that does not detract from the guts of it, she sold herself for the protection of her family - not many mother's are that devoted.
Conversely, I in no way criticise her for earning a living that way. For those that have already read the book, I myself was a 'Trish' for some time, working for an escort agency based also in the South East. Whilst my income was no where near that of the working girls, I heard some heart-rendering stories from call girls who ranged from newly qualified Solicitors with huge student debts to drug addicts supporting ongoing habits - that really opened my eyes to life.
Many of the clients did treat the girls as human beings, this I believe is only the case with escort agencies at the upper end of the market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela L. Cunliffe on 26 Dec 2012
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this is a great insight to the taboo subject, and how some mothers will do anything for their kids. the excellent written story i feel was true and significant
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Archy on 3 Mar 2008
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As far as this book's readability is concerned, it's fine. The prose is somewhat flat and detached (the sex scenes are not sexy) but it's okay for a quick read. Aside from the author's awful childhood, however, it's hard to feel much sympathy for her. She has the gall to describe herself as "one of an endless tide of women...forced to take up prostitution to make ends meet" when her main reason seems to be to put her numerous children into private schools. I also found it curious that she was sympathetic to some of the many lonely and isolated men who seemed unable to talk to their wives, but never seemed to stop and think that her poor husband, as apathetic as he is portrayed, may have been feeling equally isolated. The endless references to the children come over as mere self-justification, though this may be a flaw in the writing of the book. Whether the book gives any real insight into the lives of call girls I wouldn't know, but it does have a ring of truth about it. Okay for a quick read, but not a great classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bagpuss on 18 Oct 2013
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From beginning to end this is a well written book. Knowing that it is a true story there was always the possibility it would be oozing with self pity and anger, in truth there is not one iota of either. The writer has obviously 'lived a life', however i found myself gaining more respect for her with every page read. For any woman who has had a less than comfortable ride in life there will be aspects of her story that will resonate. By the end of the book i was crying with a mixture of happiness and relief that she had achieved what she had set out to do (bring up her children in a happy and secure environment). What she did to provide this environment will (probably) be a 'marmite' situation for some, as for me...I have nothing but admiration and respect for her.
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