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The Sunday Times top-ten bestseller from the author of The Men Who Stare at Goats

"The belly laughs come thick and fast - my God, he is funny . . . Ronson's new book is provocative and interesting, and you will, I guarantee, zip merrily through it" Observer

What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . .

Combining Jon Ronson's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.

1 June
Pan Macmillan UK
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

J J Seberg ,

This was terrific

I really enjoyed this book - gave such interesting insight. Extremely entertaining! Would definitely recommend to others.

andrewbuilder ,


Riveting stories combined with thought provoking material, presented in a beautifully personal and often blatantly honest style, which has in my humble opinion resulted in a wonderfully orchestrated synergy between science, art and history. Ironically perhaps, demonstrates a brutal collision between the same?

Cragolitos ,

Surreal ...

Will Self got me here. His cover blurb and review in The Guardian were just too interesting. This is a brilliant and disturbing book. Hilarious and thought provoking in equal measures. Surreal. Surreal because the thoroughly engaging manner in which it is written continually makes you wonder whether it is fact or fiction. Or both.

I, too, laughed out loud several times. It's a rock and roll roller coaster of a ride. Thrillingly immediate. In it's own curious way, as refreshingly unique as Joseph Heller' Catch-22. Unforgettable.

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