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The Joy Of Sects: An A-Z of Cults, Cranks and Religious Eccentrics: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sects But Were Afraid to Ask Hardcover – 7 Nov 2005

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861059051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861059055
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Cult Classic" -- The Sun

"Nutters! Four Stars" -- Nuts

"Praise Be!" -- Boys Toys

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Format: Hardcover
Opened my eyes to the joys of everything from the Ranters to the Ticklers - surely where the future lies for us all..! No doubt will come in useful in stocking up on a universe of random trivia to bamboozle friends and foes alike. And the cartoons are a bonus too..
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Brilliantly chosen topic for another easy-to-read little book by Sam Jordison.
Don't read it in public, because you really will laugh aloud.
I love the clinical wit, and there's an added bonus - the square hardback format makes it an easily wrappable gift!
Maggie, Northampton
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I very much enjoyed the first Crap Towns book, and so as this was by the same author I thought I'd give it a whirl...
Well it's great! Some of the entries our hilarious and some, as you would imagine, are bordering on disturbing. My favourite has got to be the Cargo Cults and the great Christian god "Anus" - I couldn't have put it better myself!
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Format: Hardcover
Witty, honest and incredibly useful, especially if you have ever considered joining a cult. Or not. I was glad to see my favourite sect, The Ranters, were in there. Can't wait to see what this author will come up with next.
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...it took a bit of grace to laugh at this. But not too much as it is rather funny. As well as absolutely fascinating. Mormons! Wow! And as for the Ranters, Ticklers and Panawave Laboratory Group...
I wonder if Tom Cruise has read it yet.
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The content of this extended beer mat is mostly derived from articles and media reports that have been repeated down the years (usually along with the original errors). Even the title has been done before (by Peter Occhiogrosso).
Unlike Julian Cope's 'The Modern Antiquarian', 'Sects' contains no first hand experience. Oh, sorry, wait a minute, there are one or two reports of personal adventures (I use the term loosely). For example, the author bravely enters Scientology's shop in London and with no thought for his mental, not to mention fiscal, safety, takes their personality test. Along with thousands before him. What robust challenge does he make of his tester – well, it's hard to recall; something about him saying 'I'm not sure about that', I think. Whatever, he misses the point and shows that ultimately he is a spiritual fence-sitter. Because he should either be able to disprove the Scientology test or admit he can't and join up.
When I wanted to find out about Scientology, I drove to their UK centre in East Greenstead and got myself a one-to-one with the head person there. I put it to her that, according to Scientology's personal development path, she must be a more aware, more perceptive, more developed person than me. So, I invited her to 'read' me, and if she could – if she could see into my character in such a way that was obviously above the normal – I'd join up. Did she succeed? Well, let's just say I'm still the lowest of the low as far as Scientology is concerned. And I'm not even writing a book about it; just satisfying my curiosity.
It's difficult to know who exactly this sort of book's aimed at.
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