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Jon Ronson
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2 Nov 2007

In part one, read about the time Jon inadvertently made a lewd gesture to a passing fourteen-year-old girl late at night in the lobby of a country-house hotel. And about his burgeoning obsession with a new neighbour who refused to ask him what he did for a living, despite Jon’s constant dropping of intriguing hints. And about the embarrassment of being caught recycling small talk at a party.

In part two, read some of Jon’s longer stories, which explore manifestations of insanity in the wider world: the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, where it’s Christmas 365 days of the year; behind the scenes at Deal or No Deal, which Jon likens to a cult with Noel Edmonds as its high priest; a meeting with TV hypnotist Paul McKenna, who has joined forces with a self-help guru who once stood trial for murder – but can they cure Jon of his one big phobia?

As hilarious as it is perturbing, Jon Ronson’s new collection is a treat for everyone who has ever suspected themselves to be at the mercy of forces they can barely comprehend.

In part one, read about the time Jon inadvertently made a lewd gesture to a passing fourteen-year-old girl late at night in the lobby of a country-house hotel. And about his burgeoning obsession with a new neighbour who refused to ask him what he did for a living, despite Jon’s constant dropping of intriguing hints. And about the embarrassment of being caught recycling small talk at a party.

In part two, read some of Jon’s longer stories, which explore manifestations of insanity in the wider world: the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, where it’s Christmas 365 days of the year; behind the scenes at Deal or No Deal, which Jon likens to a cult with Noel Edmonds as its high priest; a meeting with TV hypnotist Paul McKenna, who has joined forces with a self-help guru who once stood trial for murder – but can they cure Jon of his one big phobia?

As hilarious as it is perturbing, Jon Ronson’s new collection is a treat for everyone who has ever suspected themselves to be at the mercy of forces they can barely comprehend.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330453734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330453738
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,524 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 two bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London.

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About the Author

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of three bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and The Psychopath Test, and three collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness, What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness, and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. He lives in London and New York City.

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of three bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and The Psychopath Test, and three collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness, What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness, and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. He lives in London and New York City.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Cults & Conspiritors 14 Sep 2011
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In this installment of investigative journalism, Jon Ronson peers behind the scenes of British TV's "Deal or No Deal" where he discovers obsessive participants holed up in their hotel believing that the show's "Banker" is watching and listening to their every move. He investigates the phenomenon of the "Indigo Children" where some parents would prefer to believe that their child's issues are due to them being highly-evolved and divine "Chosen Ones" rather than suffering from anything more mundane. Ronson visits the Alaskan town of North Pole, a tourist resort where it's Christmas 365 days of the year, to discover a group of teenagers so sick of it having been Christmas every day all their lives, they were caught plotting a Columbine-style shooting. Ronson also looks at the case of the man driven to suicide through relentless pressure from credit card companies.

This is the second of Ronson's engaging and well-written books that combine a selection of his Guardian newspaper columns about his life with his own family, and the more interesting section where he's investigating the stories as mentioned above.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The same old Stories 2 Feb 2014
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I love the way Jon Ronson writes and always amusing. I used to really look forward to buying his books but now as most of his books repeat stories already told in past books. I am really hesitant as I feel as if I am buying half or a quarter of a book. Bit lazy really Jon and your books have ceased to be value for money. I don't want to buy them purely to save myself the disappointment of reading old material..again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 15 Jan 2013
By taz
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What you always expect from Jon Ronson,, intelligently written very funny, makes me realise how 'normal' I am? I recommend it to all Jon Ronson fans or just fans of the odd & eccentric, my favourite kind of people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 12 Jan 2013
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Loved this and the interesting topics that Jon Robeson covers. Chapters that had m engrossed were the Deal or no Deal and the Indigo children. Loved the reoccurring theme with the neighbour as well. Had me laughing out loud more than once
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jon Ronson is quite amusing 8 Dec 2012
By pavanne
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Although some of these (originally newspaper) articles did not merit being repeated in a book, this was fluffy and entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo funny 3 Dec 2012
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This book would cheer any one up it hilarious & so well written fantastic read I have also bought two more of his books. psychopath test is the best book I have read
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3.0 out of 5 stars An odd compilation of disparate content 5 Feb 2011
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It's okay.

It's a collection of stuff from The Guardian, basically - like other of Ronson's books, though this one is less connected.

Ronson's rather embarrassing personal revelations make up half the book (made more embarrassing by the fact that I identified with almost all his 'odd' behaviour). The second half of the book consists of a few longer-form articles, culled from the pages of Guardian magazines.

One piece, about credit card hucksters, makes Ronson appear like a consumer affairs jounalist. Another, following two "we can change your life" ex-hypnotists, is more of his classic, slightly cynical, Louis Theroux-a-like writing.

It's good stuff, partly, though parts are less good. I'm not, however, sure that it all holds together as one book; and, while reading it, I did have a nagging feeling that I could have read all this stuff for free on the web anyway...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and easy to read. 30 July 2010
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Jon Ronson should write all books - I'd have read everything by now! A brilliant mix of everyday encounters and deeper journalistic pieces. See also Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness for more of the same.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Recycled, Fans Beware
A LOT of material you'll find in his other books. Disappointed as less than half was new stuff, which is becoming a habit with him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Author
So enjoy all his books, love his style of writing and unusual choice of subject matter. Have now read all of his books and getting quite impatient for his next
Published 3 months ago by 29er
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a series of anecdotes from the charasmatic and intelligent friend...
You wouldn't think that something like trying to get your neighbour to ask you what you do for a living as a great basis for a story, but the quality of Ronson's narrative has you... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, engrossing and very funny
Really enjoyed this book - an excellent choice to read on the beach! Don't want to add any more words...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and readable
Jon Ronson has an excellent and light style even when dealing with some bizarre stories. I chose it because I had enjoyed his other books. Read more
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I ordered this just a few days before father's day, so I was really happy when it arrived the day before so I could wrap it and not have to embarrassingly tell my dad that he would... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cripes, will he read this?
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Published 14 months ago by Jim 8888
4.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining collection
I do hope Jon Ronson is well paid for his journalism if only to compensate his wife Elaine for his indiscreet (and hilarious) revelations of the everyday bickerings and... Read more
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very very pleased with this bag. It looks good and is really roomy with an exterior and two interior pockets - ideal for stashing passports and tickets in a safe accessible place. Read more
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