Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 23, 2011 - Humor - 256 pages
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Jon Ronson’s subjects have included people who believe that goats can be killed by the power of a really hard stare, and people who believe that the world is ruled by twelve-foot lizard-men. In Out of the Ordinary, a collection of his journalism from the Guardian, he turns his attention to irrational beliefs much closer to home, investigating the ways in which we sometimes manage to convince ourselves that all manner of lunacy makes perfect sense – mainstream, domestic, ordinary insanity. Whether he finds himself promising his son that he will be at his side for ever, dressed in a Santa costume, or trying to understand why hundreds of apparently normal people would suddenly start speaking in tongues in a Scout hut in Kidderminster, he demonstrates repeatedly how we all succumb to deeply irrational beliefs that grow to inform our everyday existence. Out of the Ordinary is Jon Ronson at his inimitable best: hilarious, thought-provoking and with an unerring eye for human frailty – not least his own.

Praise for The Men Who Stare at Goats:

‘Not only a narcotic road trip through the wackier reaches of Bush’s war effort, but also an unmissable account of some of the insanity that has lately been done in our names’ Observer

Praise for Them: Adventures with Extremists:

‘A funny and compulsively readable picaresque adventure through a paranoid shadow world’ Louis Theroux, Guardian

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This man can do no wrong in my eyes, I plan to read the entire back catalogue! Read full review

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Essentially a re - read, having read much of this Ronson material before. The Fall of a Pop Impresario is devastating. I've rarely been as affected by something I've read as I was by Simon ' s letter that closes the piece. Utterly chilling, a total gut punch, unforgettable. Read full review

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Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.

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