"There may
be a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred."

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New York Times bestseller. Featuring all of Thorne's viral articles, including Missing Missy, The Internet Is a Playground includes articles and emails from Thorne's popular website, and enough new material to satisfy even the biggest fan.
Expanded edition now available.

ISBN 978-0-578-59846-8  |  Published 2010  |  Pages 252


"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea."

Publishers Weekly

"If the Internet had a heart, David Thorne would be its mitral valve."

Mil Millington, Things My Girlfriend and I have Argued About

"Brilliant, original, and astonishingly funny. Debuting at number 4 on the NYT best-seller list in non-fiction paperback this week, The Internet is a Playground by David Thorne is an extraordinary collection of correspondences and articles that had us laughing hysterically at every page turn. While much of the material is available on his website, the book contains enough exclusive content to satisfy regular readers and will fill that empty space on the bookshelf between David Sedaris and Douglas Adams perfectly."

The New York Times

"It's a rare occurrence when a book can take you from a raised eyelid to hysterical laughter on every page. This should come with a bright red warning sticker for asthmatics."

The Sydney Morning Herald

"There may be a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest writing I have read in years."


"Mr. Thorne fails to understand that there is a fine line between dark humor and psychopathy, and it is with gleeful abandon that he crosses this line numerous times in his book. It is my most fervent wish that David Thorne finds a highly skilled psychiatrist post-haste."

Ella Johnson, Cat lover

"The Internet is a Playground defines Thorne as one the most entertaining writers in years.”

The Washington Post

"I'm getting your website banned as we speak.”

Lucius Thaller, dwarf

About the Author

David Thorne is an Australian humourist, satirist, and New York Times bestselling author. His work has been featured on Have I got News For You, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He has worked as a graphic designer, copywriter, branding consultant and creative director, and describes working in the design industry as the least creative experience of his life.