Does anyone play any games? Real life, not computer games. Would you like a game?

That was what Dave Gorman tweeted to the world and he wasn’t short of replies. There’s card games, board games, darts and more sport-like games. He meets an assortment of people, gets locked in an attic and plays with lasers.

I like the conversational writing style of Dave and I’m sure I’d enjoy his books on any topic. I did find myself losing a little interest on the poker game but there was plenty of interesting sounding games being played and some odd encounters. He’s very keen on darts so he does play this more than once. It might not seem like the most exciting thing to read about but his passion shines through.

I thought it was odd at first that it’s been categorised as โ€œtravelโ€ but only half of the book is really about games. Dave does travel around Britain and takes note of his surroundings. There are some wonderful snippets about the places he visits, especially the bizarre tradition of Lewes and their bonfires. Travel is partly about meeting people and that is at the heart of the book. Even if some of the people have a screw loose…

Dave Gorman vs the Rest of the World is available now in paperback from Ebury Press. Thanks go to the publishers for providing me with a copy for review.

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