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Laid Bare: One man's story of sex, love and other disorders [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Fink
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Successful Sydney-based sportswriter Jesse Fink was at the height of his professional career when his wife of 10 years left him and walked into the arms of a new man. In one fell swoop he lost his best friend, his soulmate, his family, his identity. His wife's new lover even got his dog. What followed was a journey of emotional salvation, personal reinvention and sexual adventuring that took him from contemplating cutting his wrists to sleeping with hundreds of women.
Fink's search for love and pleasure saw him jump headlong into the freewheeling but sometimes dangerous world of online dating. He visited brothels and massage parlours. He crossed the Pacific for doomed affairs with a burlesque dancer and a high-class escort. He disastrously moved in -sight unseen - with his high-school dream girl, a woman he hadn't spoken to for 25 years but reunited with on Facebook. He ran off to Hollywood to connect with a beautiful woman he sparked with online and found himself in the kitchen of the real-life Bridget Jones. He even tried, with spectacular inefficacy, to win back his ex-wife. And he managed to get his heart broken all over again by a brilliant but turbulent young artist.
With remarkable frankness, Fink opens up about his complicity in the failure of his marriage and his battles with OCD, a malignant illness that did its best to sabotage love whenever it came into his life. He shares it all - the good, the bad and the ugly - and along the way questions the wisdom of traditional marriage and monogamy in the digital age, arguing that having so much choice about who we might date has made it more difficult for people to commit to new relationships or to persevere in the ones they are already in. In this vortex of disconnected love, Fink argues, we have become less tolerant of faults and weaknesses, more demanding of perfection, and cling on to the notion that our ideal partner can be found through the click of a button. As he discovers the hard way, only fools rush in.


Editorial Reviews

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"If you've had your heart broken/been on the dating scene/had sex, read Laid Bare. Unputdownable."- Kerri Sackville, author of The Little Book of Anxiety
"Fink, an awarded sports journalist, is an excellent writer and storyteller and his book is compelling reading. His honesty is admirable, his story bittersweet and his experiences will make the reader squirm."- Jane Fynes-Clinton, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) and The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)
"An insightful exploration of male sexuality. Fink's torrid tale invites readers to consider the ways in which our consumer-driven society, focused on social media, has changed human sexual endeavours and relationships. His deeply honest and authentic narrative allows us to journey with him, through the bedrooms of beautiful women around the world, as he struggles to find peace and comfort through intimacy. Laid Bare is an extraordinary depiction of how sex, even too much sex, can be a normal and healthy part of coping and grief in the life of a man."- Dr David Ley, author of The Myth of Sex Addiction and Insatiable Wives
"One notable exception [to the string of unsatisfying books and articles about sex in the digital age] is Laid Bare... Fink readily admitted he behaved as a ruthless cad towards the women he met and his self-loathing gave his book an authenticity sorely lacking in similar works."- Bettina Arndt, The Sydney Morning Herald
"The eye-popping truth about internet dating from one man's sex-addled perspective. X-rated, honest and compelling, this is a must-read for any man dating online."- Men's Health

About the Author

Jesse Fink was born in London, England, in 1973 and raised and educated in Sydney, Australia, by his Australian parents. Fink has worked in various roles in publishing and journalism and for many years was a leading sportswriter for TV networks in Australia and Asia. In 2007 Fink wrote his first book, 15 Days in June: How Australia Became a Football Nation. In 2012 he released his second book, a memoir titled Laid Bare: One Man's Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders. His new book about AC/DC, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, was published in Australia in November 2013 by Random House and will be published in the United States in August 2014 by St Martin's Press. He lives in Sydney with his daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 356 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085X0OHI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and very honest read April 13, 2013
By Embees
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I read Laid Bare this spring about 18 months after ending a very long relationship. Of all the 'self-help', fictional, and non-fictional work designed to people get through what can be a very excruciating period in life, I found Jesse's work to be the most honest and interestingly, for me, one of the most therapeutic. His willingness to reveal even the darkest parts of who he is to an audience at large is refreshing. Here's to laughing and crying and f%#&ing and being better for it all. Definitely a must read!
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Powerful and brutally honest account of Jesse's adventures in online dating after a painful divorce. Confronting, sad, fascinating & a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Male mind unlocked! August 30, 2013
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At times I hated Jesse and his womanizing ways but as I read on I became addicted to his battles and his struggle to find love again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book August 4, 2013
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But not sure whether I'm depressed by it or inspired as a single lady, but a great read either way
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More About the Author

Jesse Fink was born in London, England, in 1973 and raised and educated in Sydney, Australia, by his Australian parents.

Fink has worked in various roles in publishing and journalism and for many years was a leading sportswriter for TV networks in Australia and Asia.

In 2007 Fink wrote his first book, 15 Days In June: How Australia Became a Football Nation.

In 2012 he released his second book, an acclaimed memoir of divorce titled Laid Bare: One Man's Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders.

His new book about AC/DC, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, was published in 2013 by Random House Australia and was published in the United States in August 2014 by St Martin's Press.

He lives in Sydney with his daughter.

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