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Join Me: The True Story of a Man Who Started a Cult by Accident by [Wallace, Danny]
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How could you refuse the polite invitation of begoggled Danny Wallace in Join Me? You don't know what you could be missing out on. It's all about living for the moment in this quirky, seemingly pointless yet addictive narrative. Finding himself with too much time on his hands after quitting his BBC job, Danny revels in "sitting around in his pants" and generally taking a break from the responsibilities of working life. Danny attends the funeral of his great uncle Gallus and finds out that he had set up a commune of like-minded people to escape Swiss small town small-mindedness in the 1940s. Intrigued by this idea, on his return to London Danny places a cryptic advert in the classified ads paper Loot and gets some surprising results.

His Norwegian radio-producer girlfriend Hanne is bemused and infuriated that this has become more than a transient interest; it takes over his life--and hers. The number of "joinees"--people replying to his ad--escalates as word gets out about this new "happy cult", but without a clue about what he wants to achieve, or do with all his newfound friends, Danny has to think fast as dissent rises in the ranks. Now the reluctant leader of a troop of random hopefuls, he maintains their interest with obscure e-mails and watches as his joinees meet and bond.

Whatever he had created, it was bigger than he had anticipated. From an initially puerile idea, it had grown into something of a social experiment--why were people willing to take the risk? What was lacking in their lives that they thought they might get out of contacting a stranger? Taking risks, no matter how big or small, is the essential crux of the matter here and of course, nothing ventured, nothing gained. --Angela Boodoo

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"One of the funniest stories you will ever read" (Daily Mail)

"The hilarious true story of a bunch of strangers being swept up in a bored man's experiment" (Heat)

"Hugely funny." (World Magazine)

"Join Me is the kind of book I love: effortlessly funny, painfully accurate and entertaining to the very end. Brilliant." (Mike Gayle)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6206 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (30 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ELY7II
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It appears I have actually been living in a cave, because the oddly successful Join Me campaign passed me by entirely in 2002 (and onwards). And also, I did read Are You Dave Gorman before this. That book was pointless, yet life-affirming - and it had something important to say about friendship, and being nice to people. Nothing you could quite pin down, though.
Danny Wallace's first solo book, detailing his quest to get 1000 people to "Join him", is hilarious. Like Are You Dave Gorman, it's occasionally a little convenient and hard-to-believe at best. But life imitates art, and strange things really do happen.
Also, unlike said novel, Join Me has a definite message, and Danny's collective isn't a "bored man's experiment" at all. It merely started as one. It's basically a religion, minus all the trappings of sermons and scripture, with just a single aim: make people happy by being nice to them. It's starkly simple stuff, and the sense throughout the novel that Danny truly doesn't see the scale of what he's done is rather humbling. Hundreds join him out of sheer curiosity and trust. Hundreds do good deeds, finally feeling they have the excuse and right to. After reading this, you'll be truly hard-pressed not to sign up.
If anything, the book makes the human race seem a warmer, more lovable breed than before. An absolutely touching, sweet (and more importantly), funny story.
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Join Me is testament to how a crazy idea can bring people together for the good of others. It proves undeniably that the majority of people wish to help each other and sometimes they just need the smallest of excuses to do it. With a cast of odd characters the story goes from a silly idea by an exceptionally bored man to the whole scheme going wildy out of control to the heady heights of appearing on Belgium's top-rated TV show. This is most certainly a book with it's heart in the right place. Every joinee has learnt from the experience. Whether it's that a small, random act of kindness can have a big effect on the recipient, that strangers truly are friends we've not yet met, or perhaps just that it's not a good idea to look at pictures of peoples flats on the internet - and then mention it in casual conversation. Did I mention that the book is very funny? -- and by the way... It's not a cult, it's a collective. Only 2% of the vote? Damn.
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I have been aware of Danny Wallace's existence since the first BBC showing of "Are you Dave Gorman?", I have watched the series again and again, devoured the book many times and watched 'Dave Gorman's Important Astrological Experiment'. So because I found him a)extremely funny and b) really quite sexy I bookmarked his website to follow what he did next. Which is when I came across Join Me.
I came across the idea while I was bored one afternoon and emailed to say I wanted to join him. The responce was to send a passport photo and await instructions. You see this is where I am kicking myself, I never did, after reading 'Are you Dave Gorman'I was I admit, extremely nervous of as to where it might lead.
About a year later I found he was writing a book about the experience, I ordered the book to find out what I had missed, safe in the knowledge that Mr Wallace would have wrote an extremely good book no matter what the outcome of the collective. So let me tell you - I was not wrong. This book is brilliantly funny. It tells of why Danny set up the collective, what happened as he tried to get more people and the way the idea snow balled almost out of his control. The amazing lengths both the Leader and the Joinees have gone to are frankly astounding.
You have to buy this book, it fantastically laugh out loud funny and inspiring all at the same time. So buy, laugh and if you haven't already - Join Him!
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A new writer has emerged - one that throws himself into some diabolical situation, then records every move for our reading pleasure. Three such type books I have read all in the past week - JOIN ME, ARE YOU DAVE GORMAN? and the hilarious (and similarly warped) UK ON A G-STRING. Can't wait to see what these authors do next - Buy Join Me! Buy the others, trust me.
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I'm not really the kind of guy who joins organisations. Okay, so I was in the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Air Training Corps, and am now a priest in the Church, but as I was saying joining organisations isn't really my cup of tea. Or rather it is, as I don't drink tea. But Join Me is different. Let me start at the beginning.
I joined. Near the beginning. You can read about it if you like in this book (chapter 10, begins on page 118 when you get to it). It's not a cult, it's a collective, I was told and I believed Danny. Why should I disbelieve the bloke? he helps old men, he visits Belgium, he asks his joinees to do random acts of kindness every Friday. He even invented a new word: joinee -- try looking that up at dictionary.com!
This is the book of something very, very silly, but at the same time something so beautifully simple and wonderful how can it possibly go wrong? This is a beautifully and hilariously written book, by a shambling, truly postmodern cult leader of the most humble kind.
Why not do someone a good deed and buy them a copy too when you order yours.
Gold Joinee (and Reverend) Saunders
(p.s. refering to another review: the vicar - that would be me - was in Inverness, not Aberdeen!)
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