Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012
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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
A collection of mini-adventure stories from the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.See all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
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.
So, anyone wanna buy an 'as new' copy of Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson??
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unfortunately I don't find anything the author is writing about interesting. His writing isn't sharp enough or funny enough to hold my attention on any of these subjects.Published 2 months ago by A. Lynn
I've just started it but as usual Ronson shows, from the very first page, his amazing skill in making everything the most compelling and interesting topic! What can I say... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Rozzo
As ever Ronson is an affable and gifted guide as he takes us on another series of warped and wonderful journeys. Read morePublished 7 months ago by keen reader
Typical Jon Ronson - nothing more, nothing less. Not the best place to start with Ronson but good nonetheless.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
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