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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447222571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447222576
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.

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‘Ronson is one of the finest comic writers working today’ Will Self, Guardian

‘Ronson is a tenacious, often courageous reporter, whose keen sense of humour never detracts from the integrity of his journalism’ Sunday Times

‘Simultaneously frightening and hilarious’ The Times

‘Funny and thought-provoking’ Financial Times

‘Compelling and eye-opening . . . hugely compulsive reading’ Psychologies

‘Comic and entertaining, but with a serious effect as we catch glimpses of the odd things ticking away inside some real characters’ Scotsman

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A collection of mini-adventure stories from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Psychopath Test --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2012
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In nearly every article of the book, journalist Jon Ronson is able to pick an extraordinary subject to write about in an interesting and engaging way. I loved reading about real life "superhero" Phoenix Jones as he patrols the streets of Chicago, trying to make drunk drivers eat tacos before getting behind the wheel, or discovering that the rap duo Insane Clown Posse have been covert Christians their entire careers, believing they were making converts of their listeners subliminally for 20 years. Other subjects are equally fascinating such as finding out pop star Robbie Williams is a UFO enthusiast and that Stanley Kubrick was a hoarder of everything related to his film career.

There are some really funny pieces included such as Ronson's recreation of James Bond's car journey from Ian Fleming's "Goldfinger", eating and drinking everything Bond did on the journey and making himself very sick (Bond, it turns out, was a glutton alcoholic chain smoker who rarely exercised). Ronson also goes on a cruise to meet psychic Sylvia Browne, a woman who goes on TV to tell parents of missing children (often incorrectly) their kids are dead, and finds out, surprise surprise, she's not just a fake but an unpleasant old bag as well.

Religion and pseudo-religious beliefs play a big part in the articles where Ronson meets the Jesus Christians, a fringe Christian group with a membership of 24 people worldwide, most of whom have decided that as well as giving away most of their possessions that they will give away a kidney as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2013
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This is a brilliant collection of articles written by Jon Ronson for magazines and newspapers, so the episodic style won't appeal to everyone. I bought it out of curiosity and put it into my bag when I went on a long train journey a few days ago, and by the time I had returned from my trip I had read the entire book.

The twenty-six articles are arranged in six sections, each focusing on a particular theme, and the pieces range from the hilarious ("The Name's Ronson, Jon Ronson") to the downright disturbing (all of the stories in the "Stepping over the line" section.) Some deal with behind-the-scenes looks at TV shows, such as "Deal Or No Deal" and the fallout from the Charles Ingram "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" cheating controversy, but the writing is consistently excellent, the subjects always fascinating. If you're not a lover of journalistic writing or short stories this probably won't be your cup of tea, but it was the perfect reading matter for me on my two long train rides, and I devoured it.

A word of caution: Since reading this book I have bought the rest of Ronson's back-catalogue, but two of his other books ("What I Do" and "Out Of The Ordinary") appear to have been pulled together in order to form this collection, so if you've previously bought those two you may not wish to buy this as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2014
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A trip through the work of Jon Ronson is like submerging yourself in some of the weirdest cultures in human existence. Real superheroes, UFO conspiracies (with Robbie Williams of all people), born again Christian hardcore rappers, from Jon Ronson you'd expect nothing less.

The interesting viewpoint you get from some of these stories is the openness with which Ronson explains how the subject tries to spin his story, sometimes to the detriment of themselves. There are a couple of stories where no one comes out of it well, and you wonder how much his reputation has gone before him, and how much that has coloured the tone of the article.

Of course, if you are a huge fan of printed (or online) media such as GQ or the Guardian, there's a very big chance you'll have read all of these, but if not, you are in for a treat. Ronson approaches the weird and wonderful with all the style of Louis Theroux, but with none of the smarm.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave D on 31 Oct. 2012
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I'm a big fan of Jon Ronson and I've bought every book he's brought out so far. But I feel a bit cheated with this one, as most of it is material that I've read before, either in his columns or in other books. As the other reviews say, don't buy if you're a fan and have read his other books, as a lot of it repeated here.

So, anyone wanna buy an 'as new' copy of Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful collection of stories about some of the oddities of life, and about unusual people doing unusual things. From a tiny group of Christians who give away their kidneys for transplant, through real life superheroes who tackle crime dressed in costumes, to evangelists, Paul McKenna and NLP conferences, and to a working man who ran up £130,000 in credit card debt, these tales are always lively, entertaining and informative.

Jon Ronson writes superbly and this was easily my favourite of his books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon MDC on 21 Jan. 2013
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I've been a fan of Ronson's written work since coming across Them some years ago, his style of writing always seems to bring the subject alive without indulging in any deep seated judgement. Lost At Sea is more of a collection of stories that have become very relevant to this moment in time, covering celebrity paedophiles, credit card debt, social inequalities and a number of other topics. An enjoyable and informative read that's given me a taste to find out more about a number of topics.
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