"The true story of a man who started a cult by accident"Edit
There are currently (April 2005) two editions of the book in the US, UK, and Australia. The UK version, published by Ebury Press, can be found (and reviewed) here and the American one here. The second edition of the book had a slightly longer epilogue, detailing some of the things that had happened in the year since the first book came out.
Book Blurb (UK 1st edition)Edit
This blurb is a slightly extended version of the 2nd edition quote used on the Welcome to the Join Me Wiki page:
They didn't know what they were joining...
They didn't know why they were joining...
But joining they were.
Danny Wallace was bored. Just to see what would happen, he placed a whimsical small ad in a local London paper. It said, simply ‘Join Me’. Within a month, he was receiving letters and e-mails from intrigued strangers all over the country, eager to sign up.
Teachers, mechanics, sales reps, vicars, schoolchildren, pensioners – all pledged allegiance to his cause. None knew what that cause was.
Soon he was proclaimed Leader. Increasingly obsessed and possibly power crazed, he risked losing his sanity and his loyal girlfriend. But who could deny the attraction of a global following of thousands of devoted joinees?
A modern day Pied Piper, he travelled the world. From Inverness to Amsterdam, Swindon, Paris, Zurich, Crete and oslo. He became a minor celebrity in Belguim. He had a brush with a criminal mastermind in Devon. He made hundreds of old men all over the world very happy.
A book about dreams, ambitions 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...
- blurb from the back of Join Me
Cover Quotes (UK 1st edition)Edit
A measly one quote on the original book:
Cover Quotes (UK 2nd edition)Edit
“The hilarious true story of a bunch of strangers being swept up in a bored man’s experiment.” Heat
“Wallace is back, much to the distress of his girlfriend, and has formed a cult just for the hell of it.” Problem: not even Wallace knows what it means to join, but it’s hilarious watching him busk it.” I-D Magazine
“A highly amusing and engaging book… hugely compelling. If he doesn’t make you join, he will almost certainly make you laugh.” Big Issue
“Hilarious.” The Mirror
Find a summary of the book's contents here.
People and Events from the BookEdit