About the author
Born in England, Joe Bennett has lived in New Zealand since 1987. His newspaper columns are syndicated throughout the country and on five occasions he has been judged New Zealand Columnist of the Year, most recently in 2011. Thirteen collections of his columns have been published in New Zealand and three world-wide. He has had four travel books published by Simon and Schuster UK, and his work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Greek and American. 'Where Underpants Come From' was the Whitcoulls Travcom Travel Book of the Year in 2009.
DOUBLE HAPPINESS: How bullshit works by Joe Bennett
Released: 6 August 2012
In this bitingly witty book, Joe Bennett lays bare the techniques behind bullshit and how it has become so ingrained in our everyday lives we can barely recognize it.
Bullshit has always been with us, but the proliferation of media in the last century means we are now drowning in the stuff. If we were to strip bullshit from our conversations, television screens, newspapers and airwaves, we would barely recognize what remained. Bullshit has become so accepted that people can not only make a living from it, and use it to achieve power, prestige and wealth, they can even win prizes for it. Unironic prizes. Read more