The Psychopath Test

Jon Ronson

2012 Nominee

National Book Awards Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

11 January 2024
320 pages


The Sunday Times bestseller – now with a new introduction and part of the Picador Collection

'The belly laughs come thick and fast'
The 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'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.

The belly laughs come thick and fast - my God, he is funny . . . and you will, I guarantee, zip merrily through it.
An entertaining exploration of madness.
Ronson is one of the finest comic writers working today.