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Call Me Madam: From Mother to Madam Paperback – 1 May 2008


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905745370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905745371
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Dawn Annandale's marriage fell apart, she was overwhelmed by debt and turned to prostitution to support her family. After one year, a near-fatal car crash and numerous encounters with men, she made the decision to stop working as an escort. But with six children to support there were few options to sustain the lifestyle to which they were accustomed...With her inside knowledge of the sex industry, Dawn decided to start her own business - an escorting agency, where she could provide support, advice and safety for women who were in the dire straits she had once been in. "Call Me Madam" is the true story of how former escort Dawn started up her own agency and of the many incredible women, and remarkable array of men, who crossed her path. Revealing and shocking, yet warm, engaging and utterly honest, this book sheds a light on the dark side of world's oldest trade.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Hardman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2009
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How accurate or complete this telling of Dawn Annandale's time running an escort agency is I do not know. Whether she has made the right choices for herself, her children, and those around her, is something only they will know with any certainty - certainly different people reading Dawn's books will have their own views (and many people will pre-judge without even reading them). However, what I can say is that this book, Call Me Madam, is very well written (far better in my opinion than Call Me Elizabeth), is a compelling read, and tells a side of the escort business that isn't normally seen in films, TV dramas, books about life in the police force etc, in that the author describes how she tried to create a safer, drug-free, crime-free (although isn't living off immoral earnings still on the statute books?) , more human environment for her escorts to work in. As a result it's more Woman's Weekly than Cracker in tone (this is not the tale of a junkie working the streets to fund her habit), but it is believable, compelling and very readable.

People who find this book interesting might also be interested in Girl in Blue, the tale of a woman police officer, which (as well as other subjects), like Call Me Madam, describes how different police officers deal with prostitution, some showing compassion and humanity, others not doing so at all. Girl in Blue is a slightly darker read, but it is interesting to see two books, both auto-biographical but from completely different angles, describing the same examples of police behaviour.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zarla on 28 Jan 2009
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I enjoyed Call Me Elizabeth but with this one I really did feel that Madam protesteth too much. How can moving five times in as many years be 'best for the children', which is the book's mantra? They go from the first place (un-named) to Rochester, to Sutton-on-Sea, to Folkestone and then to Spain. How unsettling is that for a family of six children? Plus, she gives up a day job for an evening job manning phones for her agency...surely the evening's the time you spend with your kids?

Then there's David, who won't travel 300 miles from London to Lincs to keep up the relationship but appears to be with her now she's in Spain..

Not convincing. Not convinced.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 5 May 2008
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After reading Call Me Elizabeth I was pleased to find the sequal to this compelling book. Call Me Madam is truly amazing, well written, honest and frank. Never having been involved in this world I was horrified, saddened and amazed by the sheer determination of this woman who would go through virtually anythign for the sake of her kids. She's a marvel of a mother and whilst I cant say that I would have made the same choices, I admire her courage and the passion she has for her children.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Reynolds on 31 May 2008
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Picked this book up at the airport, thought it would be light reading for my holiday - how wrong was I !! Read this, was amazed by it then read Dawn's first book, Call Me Elizabeth. Even more sad, amazing, emotional and heartbreaking. I admire Dawn for having the balls to face up to her responsibilities. She says several times that she caused the situation she was in. The enormous debt and her bad choice of husband. Well, yes, maybe she should accept some blame but definately not all. Dawn had a terrible childhood. She was unloved and neglected by her mother, sexually abused by her father. She grew up without the security, love and stability that all children deserve and need. She married quickly and had kids, was abandoned by her first husband, the second was an alcoholic. Desperate for her own safe happy family, she had six children in 10 years, worked as a secretary and saw her husband sink further in alcoholism. Debt piled up and finally the bailiffs knocked on the door. Determined that her kids should not know what was happening or have their lives shattered further she joined an escort agency as a way of making lots of money quickly. What she went through humbled me. Made me feel inadequate as a mother myself. Call Me Madam is about amazing love and strength and I'm not sure that I would be able to cope the way Dawn did faced with all the hurdles she has overcome over the years. She started her own escort agency and faced even more problems. I am in awe of Dawn and consider myself blessed that I have loving wonderful parents and have never faced any of the problems Dawn has. I only hope she has now found happiness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon D.S.MADOCK Consignment on 2 Aug 2013
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Excellent factual book by a good author and devoted mother. Dawn known how to record "facts of life" in an interesting way that make this book well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMG on 13 July 2012
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Very good book, great follow on from Call me Elizabeth, easy read and full of interest. Would recommend reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandra on 8 Oct 2011
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This book is the sequel to They call me Elizabeth, which i thought was really good.
Thats why i wanted to read this book , to find out what happens to "Elizabeth " once she decided to quit as a call girl or escort as she might prefer.
I wasnt disappointed, its every bit as good as the first one, i couldnt put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little Poppet on 12 Jun 2011
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I can't urge you enough to buy this book. It is a fantastic read. I've read it over and over again!
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