Join Me : The True Story of a Man Who Started a Cult by Accident Paperback
Danny Wallace was bored. Just to see what would happen, he placed a whimsical ad in a local London paper.
It said, simply, 'Join Me'. Within a month, he was receiving letters and emails from teachers, mechanics, sales reps, vicars, schoolchildren and pensioners - all pledging allegiance to his cause.
But no one knew what his cause was. Soon he was proclaimed Leader. Increasingly obsessed and possibly power-crazed Danny risked losing his sanity and his loyal girlfriend.
But who could deny the attraction of a global following of devoted joinees?
A book about dreams, ambition and the responsibility that comes with power, Join Me is the true story of a man who created a cult by accident, and is proof that whilst some men were born to lead, others really haven't got a clue.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: True stories
- ISBN: 9780091895822
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Review by Kate_JJM
My favourite book, by one of my favourite people, who, through it, has introduced me to nearly all of my other favourite people in real life. JOIN ME is going strong!
Review by coolmama
What an odd concept!He goes to his grandfather's funeral in Europe, and finds his grandfather wanted to start a cooperative/commune in his small Swiss town, and did not get any responses. So he tries to fullfill this dream.Danny writes into London Loot for people to join him -- for what, he is unsure.Then, he gets 1,000 people to join this "club" that really has no mission.Reminds me of a young Jonathan Ross.Bright guy, good comedy writer.
Review by BookJumper
Laugh-out-loud hilarious book by an awesome man about brilliant people getting up to all sorts of insanely nice things. After reading this book I joined Danny to help him make the world a better place, one Random Act of Kindness at a time. I own two copies, one tattered and autographed by quite a lot of the lovely people I got to meet via to this truly lovely man, and one to lend to people that they might see the light and laughter that is Join Me!I'd reccommend this book to anyone, though in particular to anyone feeling like they need some reassurance that there is some good left in the world. The existence of Danny's Barmy Karma Army tells me that there is hope for the human race, that heartlessness and soullessness are less widespread than may at first appear, and that there are people out there whose mission it is to spread smiles on other people's faces, just because.Not a bad message, eh? Wittily written, too.
Review by BoundTogetherForGood
What can I say? I love Danny Wallace. He's my British boyfriend. Everything he says makes me crack up. Yes, it's stupid, but in a brilliant way. Join him.
Review by isabelx
"Join Me" was a very quick read and frequently made me giggle. It seems that starting a 'cult' can have its down side at times; Danny (aka The Leader) is constantly having to convince the people he meets that Join Me is a collective not a cult and I spent most of the book wondering what would happen when his girlfriend found out what he was up to. When I stopped for lunch at a cafe, intending to carry on reading it while I ate, guess what was on their specials board. The Karma Army's favourite - Chicken Dansak! Do you think it's a sign?
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