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Sin Cities: Adventures of a Sex Reporter Paperback – 1 Jul 2008


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Tonto Books (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955632609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955632600
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Davis on 21 July 2008
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Duncan H. Wilson on 11 July 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fab Clark on 21 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Dixon on 13 Jun. 2008
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Quite clearly, Ashley's television series is a triumph and makes for entertaining viewing. The book which accompanies the series does the programmes justice. Readers should not be put off by the cover as the book is compulsive and offers a very accessible insight to the key events and personalities which shape the world. The book's style is witty and easy to read yet offers new ideas and opinions which will interest those with a more serious interest in the subject.

Ashley teases out a fine story of our times; adeptly combining the weird with the wonderful....and the downright dirty. Although, a populist, Ashley does offer interesting insights and reassessments of the key personalities in the series. In particular his meeting with Pricasso gives much food for thought.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone with an interest in our society as it is extremely accessible and enjoyable. (All except Ashley's mum and members of the WI in Bridgnorth.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Nelles on 2 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to say I loved the book and am extremely jealous of all Ashley's travels (not so much the pain elements or run ins with the law) but everything else seemed crackas.
I bought the book a few weeks ago to read while I was on my hols. I had seen the poster in the window of my local Waterstones I then spent my holiday a tad pissed off after reading the book in two days and realising it was the Wednesday that Mr Hames was at said Waterstones and I wasn't even in the country nevermind the city.
The book is a thouroughly fun read I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind a bit of rudeness all in the best possible taste!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy B on 18 July 2008
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This book is a great read, it follows Ashley's career from working as the "News Bunny" & the Producer of "Topless Darts" for LIVE TV to touring the world as "Sin Cities" roving sex reporter.

If you've seen "Sin Cities" on Bravo you'll know what to expect, however this book goes further and provides a backdrop to Ashley's experiences and details what happen when the camera stops rolling.

A great insight into one of TV's great characters as you follow him on a humorous journey of debauchery, lost weekends and some painful reminders off how tough it is being a "Sex Reporter".

In summary a top read written by a top bloke!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Harris on 31 Dec. 2008
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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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