Title: Join Me
Author: Danny Wallace
Page Count/Review Word Count: 400
It never ceases to amaze me how Danny Wallace manages to get himself into awkward situations – in fact, he’s written two books called Awkward Situations for Men, and he shows no signs of slowing down in his (slightly) old age. In Join Me, though, he accidentally starts a cult from his flat in London, after whimsically posting an advertisement in his local paper saying ‘Join Me’ and eventually receiving letters and e-mails from people that were based all over the world.
I won’t go any further into what happens in the book, because that’s pretty much the whole point of reading it – Wallace and his cult get into all sorts of hijinks, and because Wallace is a writer (as well as a presenter and Dave Gorman’s former cameraman and flatmate), it’s a great read as well. He has an entertaining sense of humour and a deep desire to see ‘what if’, and I share both his sense of humour and his drive to do anything for a cheap laugh.
The writing style is fluid and easy to read, and despite the fact that the book is 400 pages long, it’s easy to read it across a period of a week or so, and maybe in a couple of days if you’re a fast reader. That’s because it’s difficult to put down, and you feel like you whizz through the pages, which means that it’s easy to feel like you’re making progress. It’s a quality that’s common throughout Danny’s books, but perhaps never more so than it is here.
For me, it’s hard to decide which of Danny Wallace’s book to read first, because there’s so much choice and because they’re all as good as each other, but it can’t hurt to start with this one – it’s a great introduction to his work (and his sense of humour), and it’s a pretty good bet that if you don’t like this then you won’t like any of his stuff. But it’s fine, because I’m sure you’ll love it.
It’s even worth considering this if you’re looking for a gift to give to someone else, because it’s the kind of book that has a lot of appeal for everyone. That’s why I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to you, whatever walk of life you’re from.