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Fish Out of Water books was founded in 2015 by Jon Wilson. Jon has worked in publishing for almost thirty years, initially in his hometown of Manchester, England and since 1994 in Ann Arbor, MI. Jon and his wife, Laurie, have both experienced fish out of water syndrome. Two people raised in northern cities of their respective countries, they soon found “two countries divided by a common language” with Laurie moving from Michigan in 1988 to live in Manchester, England for five years and Jon moving with Laurie from Manchester to Michigan in 1993. An early impetus for Fish Out of Water Books came from a book idea they have about growing up in the 1970s and 80s on opposite sides of the Pond with music and popular culture as the main backdrop. Their own fish out of water story idea led them to reflect on the vast range of fish out of water stories there must be out there . . . and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jon likes: Manchester United, Detroit City FC, AFC Ann Arbor, The Beatles, New Order, Factory Records, 4AD, Rough Trade, Coronation Street, John Peel, Gary Numan, Mike Leigh, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Royle Family, Early Doors, LCD Soundsystem, Almost Famous, Nick Hornby, Viv Albertine, Shameless, Iain Banks, Black Mirror, Pamela Adlon, Cocteau Twins, Bill Hicks, The Stranglers, Ghost World, Devo, Rob Sheffield, The Rolling Stones, Liz Phair, David Arnold, The Clash, The Chameleons, Jennifer Egan, The Kinks, Master of None, Danny Boyle, Cinema Paradiso, Wes Anderson, Eddie Izzard, Stuart Maconie, John Green, David Sedaris, Otis Redding, Roddy Doyle, The Charlatans, Amélie, Metric, Stevie Wonder, Chvrches, Elbow, Fargo, Neil Finn, Big Fish, Noel Gallagher, Caroline Aherne, Jim Jarmusch, Henry Rollins, John Lydon, Johnny Marr, The The, Kate Bush, Manic Street Preachers, Marvin Gaye, The Coral, Elvis Costello, Lost in Translation, Super Furry Animals, Feist, Paul Weller, Michael Zadoorian, The Smiths, Richard Linklater, The Stone Roses, Haruki Murakami, Blur, Mogwai, David Thewliss, Doves, Happy Mondays, PJ Harvey, Pete Yorn, Kraftwerk, David Lynch, Ultravox!

LISTEN: Jon Wilson in conversation with Martin Bandyke on Ann Arbor’s 107.1 FM.

LISTEN: Jon Wilson, Laurie Wilson, and R.J. Fox in conversation with T. Hetzel on WCBN radio.

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