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Compelling read, controversial subject
on 30 December 2009
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.