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on 3 March 2010
In order to counteract the inaccurate review by Ms. Benes, I have given this 5 stars. My own review will follow once I've finished reading the book, but to the point:
The author of this review appears to be confusing Belle de Jour (Dr Brooke Magnanti) who 'outed' herself in The Times, with Girl with a One Track Mind (Zoe Margolis) who was was outed by The Times. The consequence of this was that Zoe lost her job in the film industry as a runner. The small size of that industry, where reputation is everything, meant that she could not find further work - call me old fashioned, but that looks like a career killer to me!
I picked up the first 'Girl With a One Track Mind' some time after Zoe was outed as a casual airport bookstore purchase and much enjoyed its mix of diarised sex exploits and handy hints & tips. Only subsequently did I track back to the blog to discover what the consequences of that book release were and the controversy caused. Since then I have followed the blog with interest, as well as having Zoe on my Twitter 'Follow' list.
Having tracked the blog back to the point where she was outed, much of the story re-told in 'Exposed' was familiar to me. In essence the book falls into two parts; a continuation where the first book left off, and the outing and subsequent events. I would say that if you enjoyed the first book, then you will no doubt enjoy the first part of the book. The real meat of the story though is in the second part of the story, at which point we begin to see Zoe's apparently confident exterior disintegrate in the face of a situation not of her own making (no matter what your views on the viability of internet anonymity). Where the book improves on the blog, is in the way in which it provides the glue to hold the story together, as we see what was going on 'behind the scenes' of the blog posts and how friends and family were reacting to the situation. Towards the end of the book we begin to see the emergence of a new career for Zoe, and that is where I would anticipate the next book taking us.
A good read and at times very instructive on the modus operandi of the British press.