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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; (Reissue) edition (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841154377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841154374
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.9 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An eminently readable account of utter filth. Just my cup of tea.' Griff Rhys Jones

'Funny, insightful and not at all unpleasant. Well, okay, maybe a little bit unpleasant but you can always avert your gaze.' Jonathan Ross

'This is the Springtime For Hitler of porn. It's a gripping adventure, and obviously the funniest book you'll read all year.' Caitlin Moran

'Strangely avoiding the obvious title Hansel and Gretel in Porno Hell, Victoria and Charlie have succeeded in writing a book they are not old
enough to read. Certainly I wasn't.' Clive James

‘Exceedingly funny’ Tatler

‘Extremely funny, surprisingly heart-warming’ GQ

'A satisfyingly prurient read, a hybrid of Eurotrash and Ealing comedy, with added lube.'
Ian Thomson, Daily Telegraph

‘You will not read a funnier account of shooting a porn movie.’ Jeanette Winterson

'It is a relentlessly funny book and I couldn't put it down.' Stephanie Merritt, Observer

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Coren and Skelton’s witty inside account of how to make a porn movie promises to be the most talked about publication of the summer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The authors begin by exploring the LA porn scene, and meet some fascinating people. We meet Bill Margold, an aging Buckshot Bill of the porn world. He explains to them that there aren't many men in porn, because few men can meet the physical demands of porn. Even though he is a porn Godfather, having spent decades at the top in the industry, he lives in a seedy dump of an apartment in an undesirable district. He is a complex character who genuinely cares about the girls who work in porn, but who seens to have no feelings for his own children. We also meet Sharon Mitchell, a Florence Nightingale type who runs a health clinic for porn actresses. Her friend and fellow ex-porn-godess Nina Hartley flirts with Charlie Skelton (the co-author), and poor Charlie is probably still recovering. In general the people we meet are perfectly happy with their lives. One actress, Julie Meadows, memorably tells the authors that she doesn't make love to her husband if she has been working that day, "because I don't want him to have sloppy seconds." Besides her working day, she lives a pefectly normal, well-adjusted life. And she is stunningly beautiful. We also meet the spectacularly-named Dale Da Bone, which presumably is not how he appears on his birth certificate. Again, he seems to be perfectly hapy to work in an industry where his physical abilities are in demand.
The second half of the book, where they move to Amsterdam to shoot the film, I found less interesting, though again the cast of characters is fascinating. One of their actors is described as being "an old-fashioned romantic. Not old-fashioned romantic for a bisexual Yugoslavian rent-boy, just old-fashioned romantic.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
The premise of the book is quite interesting and potentially amusing. Two journalists who also happen to have a sideline reviewing porn films decide that they could do a better job and set out to make a porn film that has integrity, plot and soul. They are incredibly English, one the daughter of a renowned English journalist and the other the son of a vicar. There is real potential here as different cultures and political and moral persuasions meet head on.

Books written by two people are often uneven in tone and this is no exception. The writing styles whiz back and forth as do the comments on each others writing and ideas, which although supposed to be funny I found a little distracting and a bit too luvvie.

The narrative is quite picaresque, whisking between locations, ideas, scenes and cutaways to random pieces which I think are meant to add colour, humour and humanity, but which don't always work. The emotional tone also veers between the farcical quality of a production of 'whoops there go my bloomers', to discussions of fisting and then on to the moral dilemmas of whether hiring an asylum seeking victim of political violence who is wanted by the authorities and has no warrant card, who is forced to work in the sex industry just to eat is a good thing or a bad thing.

The film, they admit, turns out to be a bit of a mess, neither fish nor fowl, and clearly put together by rank amateurs. The book comes across in much the same light, which is a shame. I understand that in many ways this was a 'fun thing to do', which turned into an emotional journey and took them to places they never expected to be. This much is clear from the narrative. It doesn't excuse the fact that the book could have done with some serious editing and a bit more thought to bring out what are some excellent ideas and in parts some really good stuff, which as it is are lost in a melee of random stuff just thrown onto the page.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By eztigrrrr on 28 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
The book, in essense, is a Story of two late 20 something, middle England (dare i say "nottinghillesqe?) writers who - after a stint of reviewing porn films for an erotic magazine - decide that they could do better and decide to embark on a journey to make the "greatest porn film ever". The book spans the period of coming up with the idea in London, to venturing on a fact finding mission in the Porn Mecca of LA, and finally the casting and filming in Amsterdam.
The description of this book by some critics a "rip roaring, thigh slapping comedy" falls a little short. It is more than that. It is also a moving, dark and often sad self discovery process for the authors and also the reader as they explore the 'darker' side of humanity...in the form of rent boys and whores with no money, no prospect and no passports just trying to get by in the city of sin - of people taking advantage of others - and of people seeing and living this dark side and then trying to make a difference. There are some witty, profound, sexy and occasionally downright weird characters that Vicky and Charlie (the authors) pick up along the way, but all are given a chance to explain themselves and their industry, and i think the authors give them a very open minded (if not slightly tongue in cheek) hearing before handing down judgement. The authors also seem to maintain an almost psychotic sense of optimism even in the most dire circumstance (actors walking off set...refusing to do certain backdoor scenes etc) which only adds to the affection you feel for them by the end of the book!!
The only thing that slightly bogged the book down (i think) were the slightly lengthy asides the authors were prone to on the morality of making such a film...
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