Sin Cities: Adventures of a Sex Reporter Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.)
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!!!!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book describes the adventures of Ashley Hames during the time he worked in TV programs. It is quite funny and easy to read.Published on 4 Nov. 2013 by Alvaro Matesanz
I really loved the programme and the book doesn't disappoint. He's a great presenter and his humour ertainly comes across in this book. Very funny.Published on 14 May 2013 by Eddy Brimson
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. Read morePublished on 2 May 2012 by Diego D'Amo
Oh aye. Ashley we want more!
I felt like I was right there with you experiencing all the filth & mayhem & it felt good!
Recommended 110% :D
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... Read more
I firmed up on at least two occasions whilst reading this book. What better recommendation can you get?Published on 24 July 2008 by Mr. A. Revell