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The Youngs coverTHE YOUNGS: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

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“The best book I’ve ever read about AC/DC.”
– Mark Evans (bass player of AC/DC, 1975–’77)

“A largely untold, much more controversial story… anything but a hagiography. A fresh, incisive take on the band. “
– James McNair, MOJO (UK)     

“I loved The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. From the moment I opened it, I could not put it down. I read it straight through – well there was the occasional beer here and there, but it held me hostage. Just an amazing read. I respected the honesty. I also liked the fact that Fink did not take sides and left the recollection and/or interpretation of events open to discussion. Seriously well done.”
– Georg Dolivo (lead singer/guitarist of Rhino Bucket)

“From 1974 to 1980, AC/DC were sly, funny and feral. But when frontman and self-described author of ‘toilet poetry’ Bon Scott died, and was replaced by the diligent but charisma-impaired Brian Johnson, the band began the slow process of rigidification into the corporate merch-beast that it is today. It’s no surprise that their later music has been weaponised by the US military.
“Jesse Fink’s decision to focus on the Young brothers – former producer and rock-business guru George, bandleader and rhythm guitarist Malcolm, and showboating lead guitarist Angus – skilfully illuminates the dour, defensive blokeism that has ensured the band’s longevity but drastically limited their scope.
“He’s good on the music too, pointing out the seeds of AC/DC’s music in older Australian rock such as George’s former band The Easybeats, and provocatively arguing that their finest work is not the platinum Back in Black but 1978’s relatively subtle Powerage. With the sad news of Malcolm Young’s retirement due to chronic dementia, it’s fitting that this once-great outfit should be the subject of one of the few genuinely good books about a hard rock band.”
– Alex Johnston, The List (UK)     

“Here’s the thing with biographies on rockstars – a lot of the time they seem to kiss ass, or regurgitate the same chronological events with a new prosaic flair. But, as Fink’s 50+ page introductory chapter explains, this isn’t like that… Fink looks into the Youngs overall without a lipstick print on an ass cheek in sight. 
“The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC very much focuses on the Young brothers at the centre, but still pulls the thread at stories from the band’s past… the amount of interviews with key players is staggering and gives it a completely solid and balanced insight – where they had complimentary journalists and record company people from the time, there was also those who didn’t take to the Aussie rockers.
“Then there comes the sass. There’s a real understanding, and ultimately love, for what AC/DC have done these last few decades and this seems a more definitive telling – unafraid to call out misspelled names and incorrect reference and story-tellings in other biographies. You can almost feel a finger snap in Z formation after each correction, but it all adds to the quality of the book – there are no half measures when it comes to telling the story.
“Fink begins the book with him queuing to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream; he queues for a while and finally stands before the iconic masterpiece ready to be blown away, to have the art overpower him, but it doesn’t happen. He walks outside, pulls out his iPod and plays some AC/DC. That, he says, is what he expected from the painting, but it failed to move him anything like their music.
“Absolute must read for AC/DC fans. A new approach, new ground covered, and while it’s clearly written by a fan, it’s also written with a view to producing an insightful book that the trove of AC/DC works seemed to lack.”
– Heather McDaid, Indulge Sound (UK)      

“This book is not so much a biography of the perennially popular Australian hard rock band, but an analytical and critical take on how AC/DC got to where it is. Specifically, it’s the story of the Young brothers: guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, and producer/mentor George, all of whom who played a crucial role in the development of AC/DC from the mid-’70s onward.  It’s clear from the text that Fink is a fan–especially when he makes strong arguments about the importance of old songs like ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll).’ Yet he is objective enough to take an unflinching look at certain aspects of AC/DC, especially the Youngs’ reluctance to talk to the press and how they’ve treated past collaborators. Amid a spate of tomes already written about the group, this one provides an alternate take on a familiar story.”
– David Chiu, Brooklyn Based (USA)

“By interviewing many key players who had never previously spoken on record and delivering it all with a non-linear approach, Fink’s book is far from a traditional rock bio, yet it succeeds by explaining who AC/DC really are and how they became one of the biggest bands in the world.”
– Mike Dow, The Maine Edge (USA)

“The Youngs is incredible in that it brings to the table many elements, not only ‘the good, positive elements’ about our heroes. It also speaks plainly about the alleged and real negatives of individuals and events. In this, for someone like me who adores truth although when potentially painful, it is almost like a thriller. A very intense book.”
– Solo Dallas, solodallas.com

“Great writing. A must-read. I love the AC/DC stories. I was at AC/DC’s Palladium show in New York, 1977. Gerard Huerta is a friend and great designer. I did not know the logo story. The writing about the logo was exceptional.”
– Spencer Drate, album-cover designer for Talking Heads, Joan Jett, Ramones, Bon Jovi and many others

“A powerfully written book, amazing insights, terrific stories. Long live Jesse Fink and god bless AC/DC.”
– Sidney Drashin, AC/DC’s promoter in Jacksonville, Florida, 1977

“A great narrative… it has one very simple, very powerful message for those who would like to dismiss AC/DC as childish hacks: ‘Stop being so bloody pretentious!’ Thank you, Jesse Fink, for talking some sense into me. ‘No matter how hard you try not to react to their music, it’s impossible. You cannot listen to an album like Back in Black and not move,’ Fink tells me. ‘That’s what I wanted to celebrate with this book — the idea that’s okay to rock.’ Damn straight, it’s about time somebody said it.”
– Clark Boyd, PRI’s The World (USA)

“A rare, raw look at a band who strove, in many ways very successfully, to keep its business dealings behind closed doors. That is until now.”
– BJ Lisko, The Canton Repository (USA)

“A fantastic new AC/DC book… Fink did a great job. Essential for an AC/DC fan to read.”
– Carter Alan, 100.7 WZLX, Massachusetts

“The latest, greatest ‘rock read’… an awesome book.”
– Buck McWilliams, Gater 98.7 FM, Florida

“An astounding – astounding – book.”
– Bill Meyer, KMED, Oregon

“An excellent read.”
– Ryan Gatenby, WBIG, Illinois

“I think Fink accomplished something pretty great here… for AC/DC fans this is a must read.”
– Rick Deyulio, TK99, New York

“Fantastic.”
– Kim Mulligan, WDHA, New Jersey

“The best book on AC/DC ever written.”
– Dan Rivers, WKBN, Ohio

“I loved this book – it’s a brilliant book. I learned more from this book than anything else in my 35 years of radio.”
– Arroe Collins, WRFX, North Carolina

“I think Fink did a fantastic job with The Youngs. Outstanding.”
– Mark Mayfield, KSLX, Arizona

“Above all, journalist Fink’s look at the band addresses the question that he believes most mainstream rock critics have never been able to answer about AC/DC: ‘Why have they endured and resonated with hundreds of millions of people and inculcated such fierce loyalty and outright fanaticism?’ The answer is the unrelenting tenacity of the Young brothers: rhythm guitarist Malcolm, the group’s quiet leader; manic lead guitarist Angus; and producer George, the architect of their early sound. By tracing the lives of 11 songs from the band’s 40-plus-year career, Fink charts the history of the band’s success and examines the recording process behind each song. ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’ from 1975 is the vehicle for a discussion of the effort Atlantic Records expended breaking the group in America, while ‘Back in Black’ is a fascinating look at the band’s tempestuous relationship with producer Mutt Lange, who crafted their best work but ultimately alienated them with his tendency ‘to strive for technical perfection at the expense of feel’.”
– Publishers Weekly (USA)

“This thought-provoking book definitely breaks some new ground. Arrangement by chapters dedicated to specific songs is a satisfying way of telling the AC/DC story while providing music criticism. Scholarly fans will appreciate the bibliography. This one’s a must-read for fans.”
– Library Journal (USA)

“Excellent… a fresh take on AC/DC filtered through the Scottish clan’s lens. Jesse Fink has delivered a fascinating, highly readable, sometimes critical account of the Young brothers and AC/DC that all fans of the band should read. If you want blood… you got it.”
– AllMusicBooks.com (USA)

“The best book on AC/DC. Period. I enjoyed the hell out of it.”
– Greg Renoff, author of the forthcoming book Van Halen Rising (ECW Press)

“Family businesses tend to focus on continuity more than other kinds of business . . . Fink gives numerous examples in the book of the Youngs ‘shedding’ their advisors and collaborators, presumably to protect the family’s influence on the band.
“So how did AC/DC manage to grow rather than stagnate? The answer to that question may be that AC/DC has been on the forefront of innovation when it comes to leveraging their brand to grow their audience and generate multiple income streams. The appendix of Fink’s book includes an impressive list of various goods and services registered under the AC/DC trademark and logo.”
– Forbes (USA)

“The best book you’ll read about AC/DC.”
– Sarah Burke, FM96, Ontario (Canada)

“I loved it.” – Jerry Greenberg (president of Atlantic Records, 1974–’80)

“A great job.” – Tony Platt (engineer of Back In Black and Highway To Hell)

“I love the insight Jesse Fink has given us with his new book.”
– David Thoener (engineer of For Those About to Rock)

“I loved it. A great, gritty read.” – Rob Riley (guitarist of Rose Tattoo)

“The Youngs reveals the truth about who broke AC/DC in America.”
– Bill Bartlett (WPDQ/WAIV Jacksonville DJ, Florida)

“An incredible amount of background… really a scholarly approach within a genre that is traditionally hagiography.”
– Anthony O’Grady (former editor of RAM, Australia)

“A brilliant and fascinating book. From ‘inside the van’ to saving the world. There’s a saying: ‘You couldn’t write this.’ But Fink certainly did.”
– Terry Slesser (Paul Kossoff’s ex-bandmate who auditioned against Brian Johnson to replace Bon Scott in AC/DC)

“Writing a book on AC/DC is difficult. The achievements are immense. The second biggest selling rock album of all time: Back in Black (only beaten by Michael Jackson’s Thriller, according to most sales statistics). A live act which remains energetic and vital into their sixties. A signature sound that is easily copied, but never duplicated. A band that is not really a rock band, not really a punk band, not really a metal band, not really a blues band, but has elements of all of them. Although they grew up in Burwood, in Sydney’s outer inner west, they were born in Scotland: this sense of ‘no place’ has informed them. They don’t do ‘Oz Rock’, but they’re not a Scottish, English or American band. They are outsiders but highly successful. Extremely private, their concerts play to hundreds of thousands of people. Seemingly simple, they have had a dozen books written on them. This one just may be the best.
“[AC/DC] is a band which needs the three brothers, but which, to an extent, is bigger than all of them. It is a book that peers into the mist, and sees a little more of a story that its principals don’t want told. Given its brief, Fink is to be commended on an outstanding effort to help fill the gaps of knowledge.”
– DL Lewis, The Music Trust (Australia)

“I’ve read nearly every book written about AC/DC but Fink’s book is the first that takes a different route and approach to all the others, telling the AC/DC story from a different perspective, with the Young brothers and family as its centre point. Tracking down many of the key people and players in the Young story and history, it unveils new information and unturns many stones that previously remained unturned. The picture one forms of the Youngs and the band itself is more complete than previous books while at the same time leaving much food for thought for any fan. It’s a book that once read, can be read again, a page-turner in every sense of the word. You come out having a more balanced picture of the Youngs and a little more understanding of their workings and why AC/DC are truly Australia’s greatest band ever. Period. Highly recommended and my top pick of 2013.”
– Joe Matera (Australian guitarist and guitar journalist)

“I personally consider The Youngs to be the best book ever written on AC/DC. The research efforts and responses are excellent. The story is very well documented. Anyone who has been reasonably closely associated with the Young brothers will instantly understand the stories and the revelations. If you admire/respect/envy/despise AC/DC, read this.”
– Grahame ‘Yogi’ Harrison (Rose Tattoo sound engineer and legendary Australian roadie)

“Excellent book and a great read. As someone who worked as a roadie and trucked AC/DC in and out of Countdown and across Melbourne and Victoria when they first came to Melbourne from Sydney, [Fink’s] insight and storylines make fantastic reading.”
– Rodd Craig, former AC/DC roadie

“Recent books [about AC/DC]… didn’t offer much to change our perception of the band. Jesse Fink’s study of the Young brothers takes a different approach… giving us a different version of many stories, especially when it comes to the wheeling and dealing behind the rock. Fink is clearly in love with AC/DC, but he knows the old bird has some warts under her make-up, and doesn’t shy away from revelations that cast the Youngs in a less than flattering light.”
– Matt Coyte, Rolling Stone     

“A savvy new book… Fink, quite properly, can’t stand the kind of music critic who feels pleasing a crowd is a suspect achievement, somehow antithetical to the spirit of rock. In the end, [he] seems to be in two minds about AC/DC. That seems the right number of minds for an adult to be in about them, especially an adult who encountered their best albums during the sweet spot of his youth.
“In preparation for this review, I played my old copy of Back in Black. A week later, I still can’t get the closing track out of my head: ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’. Admittedly, I no longer find that slogan as profoundly persuasive as I did when I was 10. But the tune remains as insidious as ever. Like all great popular art, it slips past the higher faculties. It makes you forget, for three minutes or so, that there’s anything else you’d rather hear.”
– David Free, The Australian 

“A superb book. When I initially grabbed The Youngs I referenced what was written about the adventures of my good mate Tony Currenti. Having been in the Alberts studio with George Young was a huge thrill for me, as I had always been an Easybeats tragic, but I can confirm that Tony was doing a lot of work with George away from our band. 
“I literally could not put the book down until I had finished it. I was totally engrossed by the story on so many levels. It is the best music bio I have read, not only about the Australian music scene in late ’60s/early ’70s, but just generally about the complex and ruthless business of getting music product onto the world market. 
“I found the book down to earth and even-handed, but to keep it brief my personal highlights were: Tony’s incredible story; the absolute humility and courage of Mark Evans (a reminder to us all to accept what life throws at us and to keep moving forward); Mark Opitz’s relentless search for the ‘gold’ Marshall; the Mutt Lange/Tony Platt era; the assistance AC/DC received along the way from an extraordinarily diverse group of people, simply because they loved the music; comments from Radio Birdman members; and, of course, the beautiful one-liners from the incredible Rob Riley.
“I have always believed that George is a musical genius and I, along with many people, question whether the boys in AC/DC would have been the worldwide phenomenon they are without him and his experience and the Alberts connection. This is not to denigrate them, but at the time there were thousands of other good bands that worked hard and invested heavily in themselves but could not catch a break. I also fall into the category of thinking that post Bon Scott the band was never quite as good.
“Fink has succeeded in raising issues that only the major players involved could answer, but with his investigative ability his conclusions stand up well. Fink has captured the intrigue, the blood, the sweat and the stunning ruthlessness required to become the huge enterprise that AC/DC has succeeded in becoming. Their music is part of the soundtrack of millions of people’s lives, including mine. As for the Young brothers, George is a legend; Malcolm and Angus remain enigmas. Fink has written a classic.”
– Phil Doherty, guitarist, Jackie Christian & Flight (1970s Albert Productions band)

“Using 11 classic tracks as his starting point, Jesse Fink delivers a fresh biographical take on AC/DC. The accomplished journalist balances a serious appreciation for the music with a driving desire to cut through the mystery and misinformation shrouding this seminal rock and roll band. Fink’s book should satisfy both diehard fans and those who love reading good biographies.”
– iTunes “Editors’ Notes”

“Being an all-round nice guy is no prerequisite to getting rich. Jaw-dropping reinforcement of this point is about to hit your local bookstore in the form of The Youngs by Jesse Fink… this version of the George, Malcolm and Angus saga includes testimony to the power of the music – Fink is a huge AC/DC fan and credits their songs with getting him through a divorce – but of most interest is the sheer business bloody-mindedness of the trio.
“Fink tracks down former bandmates, managers and associates who feel they were cut adrift by the Youngs once their financial usefulness had past. He also details a web of tax shelters and savvy merchandising deals that belie the brothers’ yob-rock image. One casualty along the Youngs’ road to the top was the guy who designed their iconic logo in 1977,  Gerard Huerta. A Rosetta Stone of rock, the logo has undoubtedly made many of the Youngs’ millions by itself, but Huerta has never received royalties.”
– Michael Bailey, BRW (Sydney)

“For dedicated fans, or those with a keen interest in the machinations of the music industry, this is a thoroughly researched, critical appreciation of what it takes to create a successful rock band that doubles as a family business. The superficial impression of AC/DC might revolve around the onstage skylarking of Angus Young in his famous school uniform costume, or the mania the band can engender in their legions of head-banging fans, but behind the scenes there’s a history of very serious enterprise… I salute [Fink] for his passion… [his] intriguing tribute to their accomplishments certainly lends gravity and substance to our understanding of their musical significance.”
– Lara Cain Gray, This Charming Mum (blog)

“Exploring the reasons why AC/DC shot to fame, why their music remains popular, what makes AC/DC unique, is at the heart of this book. Seeking the opinions of industry experts and insiders, Fink reveals some of the behind-the-scenes secrets and little known facts about the band’s development and management, exposing the crises, the arguments, the betrayals and the controversies. Fink also spends some time tracing AC/DC’s relationship with Atlantic Records and their entry into the US music scene.
“An accessible read, offering plenty of well researched details, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is a book for ardent fans and music aficionados, and the head-banging ‘bogan’ that still lurks beneath the present-day, middle-class veneer.”
– Shelleyrae Cusbert, Book’d Out (blog)

“Compelling.”
– Mornings with Steve Austin, 612 ABC Brisbane (Australia)

“A great read.”
– Leila McKinnon, Weekend Today, Channel Nine (Australia)

“The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC promises to be… essential AC/DC history.”
– Loudwire (New York)

“Three brothers, 40 years and some 200 million albums – this is the story of George, Malcolm and Angus Young, the boys behind AC/DC. While a lot’s been written about them over the years, this provides a definitive history of the trio, with accounts from rockers Guns N’ Roses, among others.”
– GQ Australia’s “Essential Summer Reading”

“Sometimes it seems as if all the shocking rock and roll stories have been told, but [in The Youngs] there was a revelation that has genuinely raised eyebrows and opened mouths… Mark Evans, bassist in AC/DC until 1977, confirmed that Bon Scott overdosed on heroin in 1975 and was almost sacked from the band, a moment which would have changed the course of rock history. With this taster, Jesse Fink’s book sounds like essential reading.”
– MetalTalk.net (London)

“Jesse Fink has taken a fresh approach in his latest book, The Youngs, looking at the Young dynasty through a clutch of their best songs, complete with brutally honest critical analysis along the way… the deeper Fink goes down the rabbit hole to unearth the truth behind the Young Brothers… the more it becomes clear that many ‘truths’ exist and since the principals aren’t saying a word to anyone, what develops is a Rashomon-like tale… it’s an approach that pays dividends.”
– Shane Pinnegar, 100PerCentRock.com (Australia)

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World Party coverWORLD PARTY: The Inside Story of the Socceroos’ Greatest Campaign

Xoum (Australia), 2014

“As Jesse Fink so eloquently reveals throughout what you are about to enjoy, the “world game” is not just a sport, not just a game, not just a weekend pastime – but an earthly religion, a way of being, an expression of identity.”
– George Negus

“Jesse Fink’s approach to storytelling is more Taliban than Hans Christian Andersen. He has upset many people involved in Australian football over the years with his stinging critiques of what is wrong with the game and its administration. I should know; I have been on the sharp end of it from time to time. This notwithstanding, Fink is a prodigious talent possessed of impressive writing skills and a passion for the world game that knows no boundary. And of course he is an AC/DC tragic which qualifies him for absolution from all sins.”
– Remo Nogarotto, former chairman, Soccer Australia

“Already a classic. World Party brings back great memories, of course, but also provides context to football’s growth, and its ongoing problems. A must-read for any football fan in Australia.”
– Simon Hill, Fox Sports Australia

“A must-read for any true Aussie football fan. For those new to our game it will give you the perfect summary of football in Australia … I don’t always agree with Fink but I respect him as a writer and author who says what he feels and if he upsets people and suffers consequences then so be it. Let’s hope Brazil 2014 gives him the ammunition to write a sequel, but don’t hold your breath.”
– Scott Ollerenshaw, Socceroo

“Fink has the ability to take you close to the way people think about the game. He gives real insider insights to the thinking of the true fan and what it’s really like to be a football follower who, when their team is playing, can think of nothing else and has to find out the score regardless of where they are or who they are with … he understands what this game means to millions of people all over the world and that, for many of them, it’s not just a game. Not too many capture the emotion of football or stand up for the game like Fink does.”
– Archie Fraser, former head of the Hyundai A-League

“World Party is an important football bible for those not familiar with the world game but also those who are equally passionate about a crucial phase of our football history. Who will ever forget the telling penalty by John Aloisi which led the Socceroos to just their second World Cup appearance? The memories of 2006 in Germany will live with all of us who managed to see the Socceroos’ historic run in the flesh. For those who missed out, Fink provides a compelling reflection on arguably the greatest team Australia has ever produced.”
– Andrew Paschalidis

“Jesse Fink captures how much our great game (football) has become part of the Australian sporting landscape. In particular, how the nation unifies behind the green and gold shirt. Memories as a player I will never forget.”
– Steve Horvat, Socceroo

“One of my favourite authors writes about one of my favourite events. Never a dull moment, on or off the field, and Jesse has nailed it.”
– Craig Norenbergs, ABC Grandstand

“Jesse Fink brilliantly captures the excitement of Australia’s remarkable adventure at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and chronicles the birth of Australia as a real force on the world stage. I know, I was in Germany too, and Fink takes you back to that wonderful time with some superb writing and anecdotes.”

– Sam Pilger

“As someone who covered the Socceroos’ magical 2006 World Cup, Fink’s book perfectly captures the magic of my favourite 15 days from 30 years working in sports media. The intoxicating mix of meticulously documented facts with personal experience and emotions make World Party a read that you just don’t want to end. Even if you don’t care an iota about football or sport, you will still find yourself riding the roller coaster of emotions with the fans who followed Australia’s most meaningful international tournament.”
– Jason Dasey

“Jesse Fink is not only a great storyteller but he’s a master with words. He has the wonderful ability to transport you to the moment and keep you there, enthralled from the first page to the last. World Party is a prime example of his ability to captivate the reader and capture the passion, the importance, the sheer magnitude of Australia’s achievement in qualifying for, and playing in, the 2006 World Cup in Germany. His passion for the game shines brightly. This is a book that not only reinforces the cultural significance of an event that helped turn around the fortunes of Australian football forever, but also provides readers with telling insights and a better understanding of the history of the sport in this country.”
– Ray Gatt, The Australian

“With World Party, Fink proves what a great football writer he was and what a loss he has been to football. The beneficiary is the general public now Fink has turned to writing classics like Laid Bare and The Youngs. I for one hope the football family will still get to read more about football from Jesse in the years to come.”
– Lou Sticca

“A must-read for Socceroos fans, World Party is the definitive account of Australia’s unforgettable 2006 World Cup campaign. From John Aloisi’s heart-stopping spot-kick to that crushing second-round exit in Kaiserslautern, Fink’s masterful storytelling helps bring to life some of the most dramatic moments in Australian football history.”
– Mike Tuckerman, The Roar

“Fink captures the excitement, the sense of possibility and the spontaneous energy of Australia’s journey to the 2006 World Cup, without losing sight of the most important part: why it all mattered. World Party is a book about football, but it is also a book about Australia, our place in the world, and the unique role the game plays in shaping our national identity. I still get goosebumps reading it.”
– Joe Gorman, The Guardian

Laid Bare coverLAID BARE: One Man’s Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders

Hachette Australia, 2012

“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

“Laid Bare is promoted as a man’s search for love and Fink sure chooses the long and winding road. The messiness that plays out is an insightful peek at the side of internet dating the sparkly TV ads would prefer stayed in the shadows.
“The sex is lewd, frighteningly plentiful and, as Fink discovered, utterly empty. This stripped-back account of what men are really looking for in online dating reveals it to be a place of predators and prey, games and lies.
“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)

“Fink’s brutally honest memoir reads like Penthouse Letters with post-orgasmic guilt. Laid Bare is one man’s journey into the ‘gratification now’ of the internet while slowly accepting his complicity in his divorce, before his sanity is salvaged by the unconditional love of his daughter. An engrossing read.”
– Herald Sun

“Laid Bare is 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] was sports journalist Jesse Fink’s harrowing 2012 memoir, Laid Bare, in which he chronicled his sex-addled online dating adventures as a newly single father. The difference was 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

“One hell of a writer.”
– Brenda Della Casa, author of Cinderella Was A Liar

“The life of a newly single father has not been much explored in Australian literature. In many ways the separated man loses his old identity and needs to carve a new one. This man’s voice is not often heard, possibly because men aren’t good at talking about this, let alone writing about it.
“Laid Bare is shocking in many ways, notably the graphic descriptions of the sleazy, objectifying and superficial world of online dating… Fink brings us a gruesome and telling portrait.
“The book is about a lost soul trying to find himself, trying to curb the anger he felt about what had happened to his life, trying to work out who he used to be and who he is now.”

– Peter Wilmoth, The Herald Sun (Melbourne)

“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

“Extremely honest stuff. Four stars.”
– MX

“This is a balls-and-all account of a bloke using extreme physical activity to try to mend a broken heart. Fink opens his deep wounds for inspection, his engaging style pitch perfect to document both his foolhardy actions and his extreme vulnerability.”
– The Townsville Bulletin

“Fink’s brutally honest, tell-all memoir about his adventures in online dating is worth reading as much for his personal journey from committed family man to ruthless cad to devoted dad as for the missives it issues from the frontlines of modern love.
“He shares these war stories with the cynicism of a veteran, telling of marriages of quiet desperation and the difficulty of monogamy – though Fink is living proof of the utter devastation of divorce. He’s also something of a hopeless romantic who takes to casual hook-ups with abandon. Later, when relationship is the end goal, he strings along two women unable to choose which one he wants, only to find out that the one he chooses drops him for a better offer. Such is the nature of love online, where men and women play and get played in turn.
“Laid Bare doesn’t just chronicle Fink’s post-divorce ‘festival of sexual bounty’, but also offers some incisive commentary on modern life – including the observation that there are serious pitfalls to having too much choice.”

– Justine Toh, The Drum, ABC

“What a ride… it’s well worth reading.”
– Natasha Mitchell, Life Matters, Radio National, ABC

“A brilliant book… [an] invaluable insight into the enigma that is the male heart.”
– Anjali Rao, Dateline, SBS-TV

“Jesse Fink offers up his life on an operating table, dissecting his divorce from his wife of 10 years and cataloguing the anatomy of his attempts to find love in the turbulent, murky waters of online dating…
“While there’s no happy ending for Jesse, there is peace and perhaps that’s the more important thing.
“But the scariest part of this tell-all account was when I saw chunks of myself as a single, over-hormonal man in it.
“It might be a story of the apocalypse of and after divorce, but it’s still applicable to the broader male experience, especially as modern man sinks further into the Internet Age.”

– Rob Farquhar, The Cairns Post

“Awesome reading.”
– Julia Morris, Mornings, Channel Nine

“A great read. Go out there and get it, especially if you are a newly single dad as well. It might teach you a thing or two about what to do and what not to do.”

– David Campbell, Mornings, Channel Nine

“Fascinating… I read it in one sitting.”
– Barry Nicholls, WA Regional Drive, ABC

“A great book.”
– Australian Penthouse

“It is easy to be seduced by Jesse Fink’s style. A former editor at Inside Sport and contributor at Golf Magazine, Fink has been one of Australia’s must-read sportswriters for over a decade. Here, however, he diverts a long way from the sporting spectrum – delivering a memoir on a cataclysmic period in his life that takes place directly after being blindsided by divorce… Fink’s thought-provoking prose weaves around Fifty Shades of Grey comparisons in his signature style.”
– Luke Dodemaide, Golf Magazine Australia

“Harrowing reading… [but with] valuable insights into the seedier side of the modern dating market and the feelings of loneliness and disconnection out there.”

– Kate Cox, Sunday Life (The Sunday Age, Melbourne, and The Sun Herald, Sydney)

“Not for the faint-hearted… confronting… raw, honest and compelling.”
– Bonita Mersiades, Motherpedia

“Laid Bare did a number of things for me. Firstly, it made me feel like I was not alone. That the deepest insecurities I had in my life were to be embraced and challenged not buried in the notes of a psychiatrist’s file. Fink’s prose spoke to me. And I felt that I was there in the moment with him. Written by a man for a man.
“Men will love this book, not all, but many. Certainly those who’ve dared to risk it all for love. Fink’s graphic descriptive fucking, boundless pursuit of female attention and perfection, unavoidable self-loathing, and rock ’n’ roll soundtrack make reading enjoyable even for the most blokey of blokes. This book could easily be turned into a TV drama series, perhaps for Showcase.”

– Anthony Siokos, Snafued (blog)

“I congratulate Fink on his upfront storytelling. As a woman I found what he had to say extremely confronting.”

– Hermes Witch (blog)

“Ladies, if you want to give the online dating a whirl do yourself a favour and read a book called Laid Bare by Jesse Fink.”
– AussieMumNetwork (blog)

“An eye-opening, fascinating read.”
– Lori Dwyer, The Modern Woman’s Survival Guide (blog)

“This isn’t just another sappy love story. Laid Bare is exactly what it is: laid bare. It is full of sex, passion and other crazy things that will keep you at the edge of your seat… from page one I was taken aback with his upfront details and the sexual scenes, although it only pulled me in more. I didn’t put the book down for hours. It’s absolutely a must read.”
– Justine Yusi, Motherdriven.com.au (blog)

“Amazing international sportswriter and thought leader turns into amazing author.”
– ChangeFIFA (Washington, DC)

“It’s been a really long time since I read a book that I couldn’t put down until I finished it. Laid Bare is such a book and it cuts to the heart of what men go through when relationships end. Powerful, raw and real… I think both men and women will get a lot out of it.”

– Victoria Kasunic, psychologist

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“Fink certainly knows how to cover a major sporting event… the end result is a series of narratives culminating in the goals now seared into the memories of most Australians… Fink can take it moment and turn it into a vivid experience.”
– Fred Pawle, The Australian

“Colourful, critical… [Fink] opens up the body of Australian soccer in an at times brutal live post-mortem. Chapter by chapter, entire organs are removed and held up, still pulsing, for observation – coaches (brain), junior development (reproductive system), management (heart), elements within the FFA (butthole). Strong stuff.”
Inside Sport

“Like Tim Cahill in Kaiserslautern a year ago, Jesse Fink has come to the rescue for Australia.”
Goal.com

“Fink’s game analysis is superb, revealing his years of experience as a sports journalist… there is a subtle blend of reportage and opinion, and time and again, I found myself recalling the action nodding in agreement. [It’s] a fascinating amalgam of on-the-ground experience, meticulous research and considered opinion.”
Tony Wilson, Das Libero

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