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Sex and Money

How I lived, Breathed, Read, Wrote, Loved, Hated, Slept, Dreamed and Drank Men's Magazines

By Mark Dapin

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Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: Australia, 01 May 2005
Sex + Money: growing up in the men's magazines is the story of Mark Dapin's rise from the gutter (where he found himself one sad morning with no money and no shoes) to editor-in-chief of Ralph magazine. Along the way, he has his ribs broken by world welterweight boxing champion Kostya Tszyu and his heart broken by supermodel Claudia Schiffer. He visits a lap-dancing club with confessed killer Chopper Read, and hangs out with SAS troopers and Foreign Legionnaires. But the most mercenary and least trustworthy people he meets always wear suits and ties. As he stumbles to bring order to a life spent losing wallets, memories, girlfriends and - at one point - his office door, Dapin tells the history of men's magazines in Australia, from Playboy, Penthouse and The Picture to FHM, Ralph and Men's Health. He explains how women become cover-girls, and how cover-girls become perfect women using Photoshop, airbrushes and an art director's imagination. It's a funny, pointless, beer-sodden adventure that leads him towards the top of the corporate world, where he begins to miss the gutter because it's cleaner.

About the Author

Mark Dapin is 39 years old, heavily tattoed, and he doesn't have a star sign.As a journalist, he's been deputy chief sub editor at Women's Day, chief sub editor at POL Publishing, chief sub editor of the Financial Review Magazine, editor of Ralph, and editor-in-chief of the ACP Men's Lifestyle group. As a writer, he has contributed numerous columns and features to the Fairfax press, on-sells much of is work to The Times in London, and has also worked for almost every men's magazine launched in Australia. He has had short fiction published in Penthouse, Meanjin, Ita and Woman's Day and three of his winning entries in the HQ short-story competition were published in the Flamingo anthology.

EAN: 9781741143201
ISBN: 1741143209
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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