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Sin Cities: Adventures of a Sex Reporter [Paperback]

Ashley Hames
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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1 July 2008
With a weakness for women, good times and binge drinking, it seemed inevitable that Ashley Hames would turn cult hero with 'Sin Cities', blazing a toxic trail through a minefield of debauchery and fantasy across the globe. As clown prince of LIVE TV, he happily changed his name by deed poll to News Bunny and produced such lowbrow classics as 'Topless Darts'. A few months down the line his career had him hoisted up on meat hooks, tortured, clamped and generally trampled on in the name of entertainment. It was only when the cameras stopped rolling that it got messy. In this book, Ashley investigates the sexual habits of some of the most extraordinary people on the planet - from the bizarre to the unimaginable - and somehow helps it all make perfect sense.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Tonto Books (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955632609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955632600
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ashley Hames is a British writer and author. He currently lives and works in Naples, Italy.

He has written two books. His most recent one - Seven Days to Say I Love You - is an account of the last week of his father's life after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ashley has worked for BBC TV, Channel 4, Bravo TV, Channel Five, BBC Radio, Sunrise Radio and TalkSPORT Radio. He is also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post.

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'Ashley Hames has approached literature with the same courage and candour which he brought to his investigations of porn stars, perverts and prostitutes. The result is a picaresque tale brimming with hilarious encounters and moments of deep moral shame, all recounted with the nothing to lose honesty of a man confessing his sins to a priest on his death bed.' --Grub Smith

'Irresponsible, insane but inspired, the Queen should present Ashley Hames with a knighthood and a straightjacket as this fine book amply illustrates that he is equally deserving of both.' --Piers Hernu

'A pile of s***.' --Kelvin MacKenzie

About the Author

Ashley Hames is a television presenter and broadcaster, renowned as the face of Bravo TV's highest-rating television show, Sin Cities. Featuring 'everything adult', the programme attracted critical acclaim, as did another Bravo favourite, Man's Work, where Hames worked in some of the world's most demanding jobs - including crab fishing, football management, anti-narcotics enforcement and crime scene cleaning. Known for his no-holds-barred approach to presenting and a curiosity for the absurd, Ashley has been seen on TV around the world and continues to make interesting and thought-provoking TV for a growing audience of fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece 11 July 2008
of filth that transports you right there beside the man himself, knee-deep in drug/hooker heaven. You can almost touch it. Byron, Keats, McNab, Hames. Where to go from here?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 21 July 2008
I recently had the honour of meeting Mr.Hames after his book signing in Leeds. I rushed home to read this book and - several hours of sweat, erections and tears later - I was left feeling like I'd been on an incredible journey with him. The story of his travels around the world making stops at brothels, orgies and S&M dungeons (whilst occasionally doing some filming for Sin Cities) is enormously entertaining.

However, whilst I loved experiencing this journey, it was the more personal side of the book that I enjoyed the most. Hames reflects on topics such as drugs, sexual kinks and prostitution in a refreshingly honest and interesting manner. As the narrative shows, his experience and insight into these topics is immense and he gives the reader a lot to consider whilst challenging their pre-conceived ideas. I highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars good! 2 May 2012
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this book made me see that you can live without having any idea where you are or what you are doing, but you can be pretty sure you can have a lot of fun.
I want to do this job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sinsational 23 Feb 2009
Brilliantly written. Hilarious. A road trip of excess - a life you are glad someone had and took the time to write about. As a fan of thew show I knew there would be a lot more to it than just what we see on screen. What we need now is a UK version of the series and another book to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2 great books in 1 21 Feb 2009
This book verges on greatness, I mean that sincererly.

First things first, I nailed it in 2 days, it's that compulsive (- then again I don't have a job...). Essentially one part is pervy 13 year old w*nk fodder, but then the other is mature reflections on the rigours of living the life of a minor rock star: drink, drugs, women, page after page. Hames considers all this astutely, rising above it, avoiding the trap of going down the FHM "wahey, it was great!" route. He is admirably self-critical, maintaining the same authorial distance that raises Sin Cities so far above its rivals, ie. Sexcetera or any of the other late night cable soft porn documentaries. Yes, I'm a connoisseur.

That's what I mean by 2 books in 1 - the marketing is obviously playing to the adolescent within, but don't be fooled: the actual content equates to an amusingly written, even "valuable" discourse on the nature of excess. To have been truly Great, I think it needed a little less of the sexual/narcotic shenanigans, and more of the commentary about the same... but then, what the hell do I know?

A truly illuminating read, thank you Mr Hames. And good luck for the future, whether on screen or in print, I for one will be paying attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book- not just for boys... or pervs 19 Jan 2009
A lot of reviewers have focused on the book's seedy sub-plot.
But, infact, Ashley Hames writes beautifully about the people behind the sex industry with warmth, respect and incredible attention to detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever 31 Dec 2008
Would give it 10stars if i could. Being a fan of Sin Cities I immediately bought this book as soon as i knew about it, and I wasn't dissapointed. It's one of the funniest books i've ever read and I defy anyone not laugh aloud whilst reading it. All we need now is a book by Grub Smith to complete the colection.
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