Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema
by Simon Sheridan
The British tradition of ‘saucy postcard’ humour – boobs, bums and boorish innuendo – is perhaps best exemplified by the long running ‘Carry On’ movies; but there is a forgotten cinema of saucier ‘X certificate’ movies.
In the expanded, fourth edition of Keeping the British End Up, Simon Sheridan traces the history of the British sex film from its beginnings in coy nudist camp romps such as ‘Naked – as Nature Intended’ through to its boom years with the ‘Confessions’ series, and its demise following censorship clampdowns and the introduction of home video in the early eighties. The book features 159 individual movie reviews, interviews and profiles of stars like Mary Millington, Robin Askwith, Fiona Richmond and Suzy Mandel, and is illustrated with over 100 photos (many previously unpublished); plus 32 pages of full colour and a special ‘dual image’ cover.
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‘Indispensable! Sheridan brings his immaculately researched history of the sexploitation genre to the present day. You simply cannot fault this kitsch treat.’ Empire
‘Simon Sheridan sketches with admirable clarity the way this mini industry rose and fell’ Evening Standard
‘A triumph of eccentric scholarship, Keeping the British End Up is the ‘Wisden’ of British smut!’ Matthew Sweet, BBC Radio 4
‘Lavishly illustrated, scrupulously researched and accessibly presented, Sheridan’s extensive offering of mini-essays, a year-by year film guide and an A-Z of X-rated players all ensure his ding-dong fest rarely goes tits-up.’ Total Film
‘Hugely informative and entertaining, this enthusiastically written and scrupulously researched study, with its plethora of rare stills, should delight film and nostalgia buffs alike. 5 stars out of 5. Book of the Month.’ Film Review
‘Packed with information and with heaps of pictures, this weighty book by Simon Sheridan is a must for fans.’ Mayfair
Hardback: 304 pages – Publisher: Titan Books: 4th Expanded edition (22 April 2011)
Come Play with Me: The Life and Films of Mary Millington
by Simon Sheridan
The official biography of Mary Millington, first published in 1999 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of her untimely death. From Mary’s quiet childhood in 1950s Surrey through to her introduction to glamour modelling and hardcore porn, her story makes compelling reading.
The book chronicles her superstar status, starring in hugely successful big screen movies like Come Play With Me (1977) (directed by George Harrison Marks), still the longest running British movie ever; her high-class prostitution (she allegedly counted PM Harold Wilson and actress Diana Dors as lovers), a celebrated trial at the Old Bailey and her descent into drugs which would eventually contribute to her tragic death at the age of only 33.
The book was written with the full co-operation of Mary’s family and friends, and is the first opportunity for Millington fans to re-visit the incredible life and career of Britain’s only icon of sex.
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‘Definitely one for fans of retro-porn chic, this could even trigger the return of the flicked fringe and a call for the National Health Service to reintroduce the skimpy uniforms all nurses evidently wore back then. Book of the Month.’ Loaded
‘Thoroughly researched…Sheridan has treated his subject with sensitivity and respect. With plenty of enticing detail and juicy gossip, this is a glowing tribute; a love letter to a true porn princess.’ Penthouse
Paperback: 244 pages – Publisher: FAB Press: illustrated edition (8 July 1999)