Thrown Under the Omnibus

P.J. O'Rourke

RRP: £20.00

3 December 2015

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611856170

RRP: £12.99

3 December 2015

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611859669

‘Whether you agree with him or not, P.J. writes a helluva piece.’ Richard Nixon

P.J. O’Rourke has had a prolific career as one of America’s most celebrated humourists. But that career almost didn’t happen. As he tells it, ‘I began to write for pay in the spring of 1970. To tell the truth I didn’t even mean to be a writer, I meant to be a race car driver, but I didn’t have a race car.’

Fortunately for us, he had to settle for writing. From his early pieces for the National Lampoon (‘How to Drive fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink’), through his classic reporting as Rolling Stone’s International Affairs editor in the 80s and 90s (‘Among the Euroweenies’), and his brilliant, inimitable political journalism and analysis (Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich), P.J. has been entertaining and provoking readers with high octane prose, a gonzo Republican attitude and a rare ability to make you laugh out loud while silently reading to yourself.

For the first time Thrown Under the Omnibus brings together his funniest, most outrageous, most controversial and most loved pieces in the definitive P.J. reader.


P.J. O'Rourke is the rarest of breeds; a veteran rightwinger who is both funny and clever but not bitter at all... It's very funny, utterly thought-provoking... O'Rourke emerges as a hero for admitting what few of his generation dare to.
The Times on The Baby Boom

Few journalists are as bold and iconoclastic as P.J. O'Rourke... Thoroughly entertaining.
Mail on Sunday on The Baby Boom

P.J. O'Rourke is what happens when America does Grumpy Old Men. Instead of sour-faced curmudgeons bleating that "politics is just a load of crap", you get a succession of amusing and incisive observations about why politics is a load of crap.

Here is (nearly) everything you wanted to know about P. J. O'Rourke but were afraid to ask.
RTE Guide