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The Accidental Pornographer: A story about having a go and succeeding...in failing

ISBN: 978-1-906465-25-4
280 pages
July 2009, Capstone
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Gavin Griffiths was a fairly straight-laced, newlywed shipping executive when he bought a magazine called The Erotic Review for #1 - not just one copy, the whole business! Little did he know it would soon become the darling of the chattering classes, and a case study in heroic failure. More in the tradition of Tony Young (How to Lose Friends & Alienate People) than Felix Dennis (How to be Rich), in this highly entertaining memoir readers discover just why only one in ten new businesses make it, and what happens to the other nine.
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Table of Contents





Chapter One How to buy an erotic magazine business for a pound.

Chapter Two Erotic Towers.

Chapter Three The Erotic Review saddles up and rides again.

Chapter Four More money woes (and not very posh ladies who like to take off their clothes).

Chapter Five Three knights in shining armour and a suitcase full of cash.

Chapter Six The biggest month of my life.

Chapter Seven A crash course in marketing.

Chapter Eight Cracks appear and things are not going to plan.

Chapter Nine The wheels come off.

Chapter Ten The final battle.

Afterword The story continues.


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Author Information

With a haphazard career meandering through international shipping, contemporary art, dotcom start-ups and fruity periodicals Gavin Griffiths is now CEO of Helix Media Ltd, the London-based consumer magazine publisher he founded in 2004. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon and is married with two children. Gavin has a firm conviction that life should be an adventure and his motto is ‘have a crack’. He considers failure to be part of the voyage. But he might be wrong so don’t come complaining if you lose everything.
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"Hilarious, Heart-warming foray into porn." (Scarlet, October)

"...excellent book for business beginners...written in a fresh, breezy style" (Erotic Review, September)

 "With its saucy matter, colourful cast and cheeky tone, it's easy to forget that his is a business book. What makes it genuinely interesting is that it's a business book all about failure." (Daily Mail, September 26, 2008)

"Honest and amusing...inspiring in a refreshingly personal way...This book is perfect for anyone starting up a business" (Start Your Business, October, 2008)

"...the tale of [a] shipping nagnate who brought The Erotic Review...and ammusinglt failed to make a living out of it." (The Independent, October 10, 2008)

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