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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

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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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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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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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I love Jon Ronson's books and have now read a fair few of them. A couple of the more recent stand out in my memory (So You've Been Publicly Shamed and The Psycopath Test) but I still remember discovering Ronson with the brilliant Them: Adventures with Extremists. Ronson is also the only author that both me and hubby read - our tastes in reading diverge so wildly but Ronson brings us together.

Lost at Sea is a collection of his non-fiction articles that have appeared over the year. Endlessly compared to Louis Theroux (who I also love but like reading less than Ronson) this book covers a lot of weird and interesting ground. His writing style is so easy to read, and that doesn't mean simple, it's more like he's a good friend and he is telling you deeply interesting stories that surprise and intrigue. A modern day raconteur. I honestly can't get enough of his writing and every night going to be I looked forward to getting stuck in again.

Some of the tales that really stood out for me: Robbie Williams interest in aliens, where Jon joins him at a UFO convention and Robbie leaves with 15 DVDs, the Indigo children and the bizarre belief of their parents, when Jon joins the Alpha Course which terrified me and the tale about Jon spending time with Stanley Kubrick's files. But to be honest, I struggle to highlight tales because every single one is a damned delight.
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I just want to say that i've become a big fan of mr ronsons writing since being away alot last year and coming across his books first on the kindle store and then finding both his collections in a second hand book shop. So when i found out he had brought out this book just as i was due to travel again i was overchuffed. Unfortunatly nowhere on the book, website or publisher's desciption does it say that this is mostly second hand material from his collections or from articles written from the guardian. If your new to jon ronson then yes, this book will be interesting and funny. But as a warning to anyone thats read more than his 3 previous books, then you'll be miserably skipping the majority of this. X
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