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Dirty Fan Male: A Life in (Rude) Letters [Hardcover]

Jonny Trunk
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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15 Aug 2005

Dirty Fan Male, the hit Edinburgh show set to tour New York and Australia, is here for the first time – this collection of genuine letters and the remarkable story of how one man (and his mum) came to run his porn star sister’s successful fan club.

This is the true story behind the acclaimed stage show which enjoyed terrific reviews at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival. Jonny Trunk describes how he came to run his sister’s fan club. A job that brought him into contact with her fan base through their letters. Before long he started to collect the more unusual correspondence that came in. There are obscene letters and lots of them, and absurd ones too. And then there were all the kinky ones. And of course the really really strange ones. He found these letters strangely addictive. He’d never read anything quite like them before in his life. So he collects more and more…

Dirty Fan Male offers us a view of pornography we have never seen before, not just from inside the business, but from the point of view and pen of the end user.

You will have never read or seen anything quite as odd, disturbing, so totally sad or as hilarious before.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (15 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007207727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007207725
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 17.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Jonny Trunk and Duncan Wisbey have stumbled upon a comedy goldmine with this musical presentation of fan letters written to British soft-porn stars … The comic juxtapositions and turns of phrase are gloriously idiosyncratic … Seriously arousing stuff.’
The Guardian

‘Hilarious, tragic and oddly moving’
Time Out

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into porn and its fans 1 Jan 2006
Jonny Trunk's text is actually funnier than the letters and on one level the book is facinating and on another its disturbing. Firstly the erotic fixation of the correspondents is extremely dysfunctional at almost any level you'd care to mention, their writing is infantile and crude and they seem educationally subnormal, to me, anyway. Of course it's easy to laugh at gullible idiots and that's what this book is really about so its a pleasure in the most guilty sense.
What is far more disturbing is the knowledge that Trunk and his sister, soft-porn star Eve Vorley (real name: Emma Benton-Hughes) took advantage of all of these idiots. That for me is where I found the humour starting to dry up. Between them, the siblings cooked up a scheme to offer tat at high prices to their dysfunctional punters even detailing that one "video" was nothing more than slide show of still images. It may seem funny but consider that Vorley lives in a £15 million home in Essex which many of these suckers paid for.
The curious thing is that "Dirty Fan Male" is clearly an unintentional morality tale; the mixed-bag of losers who bought into the "dream" Vorley was peddling aren't the villains here; in fact they aren't even obscene. What is obscene is the absolute lack of conscience throughout the entire book in that there was nothing wrong in fleecing all the sexually and/or intellectual dysfunctional fans of these women where the feminist argument about porn is completely polarised, here the men were exploited and manipulated to an extraordinary degree so essentially a few people could make a huge amount of money.
A funny and sometimes depressing book at the fundamentally rotton way porn is sold in the UK, it is certainly an eye-opener at just how sharp these operators actually are. Morally they're reprehensible and if Trunk's book does nothing else, it at least shines some light on that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Fan Male 22 Sep 2005
Absolutely fascinating and wonderfully funny. Trunks' candid and surprisingly touching account of his daliance with soft porn is a great read - you'll get through it in a day! Great present for Christmas & Brithdays - even my mum loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 3 Jan 2006
This book is lots of different things - interesting, disturbing, funny and an interesting insight into a world I knew nothing about (honest).
There is a show based on these letters that is performed by Jonny Trunk with an actor friend reading the letters to music which is hilarious. This is a slightly different beast and whilst some of the letters are undoubtably funny this book works slighlty differently.
It isn't judgemental about the customers and I think the previous reviewers criticism about the morality of running fan clubs is nonsense. If you want to pay money to have what you think is a relationship with some fantasy figure then that is your choice. Nobody is forcing these people to join up.
All in all a really good book that shows both sides of a business that is a bit of a dirty secret in this country.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not helarious as stated 14 Dec 2005
There arnt too many funny fan mail letters in this book. It mostly describes the mundane life of the author in far too much detail. From sitting in the pub, to posting his mail. All in all, not a good read. Just a few bits that will make you smile.
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