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Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson's nonfiction books include So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats. They have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Most recently, Jon has written the show Life and Trust for Emursive, the producers of Sleep No More. It will open (in a mysterious old bank in New York City’s financial district) in June 2024.

Before that he made the acclaimed BBC podcast Things Fell Apart (2021 - 2024) – which won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for podcast of the year and reached number one in the UK and Ireland podcast charts. Before that came three Audible Original audio series - The Debutante, which won the 2023 Signal Gold Award for best true crime podcast, The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August. All were named by multiple critics as being some of the best podcasts of recent years. The Butterfly Effect topped the US audiobook charts.

Jon’s two TED talks have been watched more than 30 million times. One of them – Strange Answers to The Psychopath Test – is among the 25 most watched TED talks of all time.

The Psychopath Test spent more than a year on the UK bestseller list. Jon’s live show based on the book – Psychopath Night – has sold out theatres and concert halls across the UK and Ireland. The next leg of the tour will kick off in October 2024.

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is frequently cited as having kickstarted the conversation about the perils of social media shaming. The book is taught by hundreds of educators across America. It also inspired an episode of Black Mirror, Hated in the Nation.

The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.

Jon’s original screenplays include the acclaimed Netflix original Okja (Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal) which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank (Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal) which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. Okja was selected to compete 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. Jon also wrote the short e-book Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie.

In the US Jon is a contributor to This American Life, the New York Times magazine and GQ magazine, and has appeared many times as a guest on shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Joe Rogan, Conan, Craig Ferguson, and Inside Amy Schumer.

In the UK Jon has written regularly for The Guardian, as a columnist and feature writer. His many UK documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven seasons of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On…

He lives in New York.


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).

The Debutante (2023) (Audio Series).

Jon Ronson Titles