Jon Ronson was born in Cardiff in 1967. He is a nonfiction author, documentary maker and screenwriter. His books, Them: Adventures With Extremists, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test, Lost At Sea, and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, have all been international bestsellers. Notably, The Psychopath Test remained on the UK bestseller list for all of 2012 and spent ten full weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Jon’s live show based on the book – Psychopath Night – has sold out concert halls across the UK.
His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and his two TED talks have been watched 20 million times.The film adaptation of The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Bridges, opened in the UK in November 2009 and sent the tie-in edition of the book to number one on the non-fiction bestseller list.
Jon’s original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original Okja, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. Okja competed for the Palm D’Or at the 2017 Cannes film festival. For Frank, Jon and Peter won the 2014 best screenplay award at the British Independent Film Awards.
In the UK, Ronson has contributed regularly to The Guardian and BBC Radio 4. His BBC Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On… was shortlisted for the Sony Radio Academy Awards four times. His documentaries for Channel 4 include – among many others – Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes (2008) and The Secret Rulers of the World (2011). In the US, Ronson has regularly contributed to GQ, The New York Times Book Review and the PRI show This American Life. He has appeared many times as a guest on shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Conan, Craig Ferguson, and Inside Amy Schumer.
His most recent published work consists of two Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August. The Butterfly Effect was released in July 2017 and went straight to Number One in the US and UK audiobook charts. It remained at the top of the US audiobook charts for two months. The Last Days of August was released in January 2019, immediately became the number one bestselling nonfiction audiobook in the US, and was named by multiple critics as one of the best podcasts of the year.
Ronson lives in Manhattan, New York.
He is represented for film and TV by Natasha Galloway at United Agents.
Books in order of publication:
Them: Adventures with Extremists (2001).
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004).
Out of the Ordinary (2006).
What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness (2007).
The Psychopath Test (2011).
The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones (2011).
Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries (2012).
Jon Ronson’s Adventures with Extraordinary People (2012).
Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie (2014).
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (2015).
The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right” (2016).
The Butterfly Effect (2017) (Audio Series).
The Last Days of August (2019) (Audio Series).