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Are You Dave Gorman?

Are You Dave Gorman? [Kindle Edition]

Danny Wallace , Dave Gorman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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The award-winning Are You Dave Gorman? is the oddly touching story of how Perrier Award nominee Dave Gorman went in search of all the world's other Dave Gormans.

Fans of the TV version of this travelogue-cum-Arthurian-quest will know how it all began: one minute Dave and his flatmate Danny Wallace (himself a talented producer and writer) were kicking their heels in suburban London, the next they were on the night-train to Scotland to see assistant manager of East Fife Football Club David Gorman, so Dave Gorman could prove to Danny Wallace there were other Dave Gormans--and thereby win a drinker's bet. Such was the buzz Dave Gorman got from meeting Dave Gorman, he then went on a half year schlep around the world seeking out yet more Dave Gormans: in Ireland, Israel, Norway, America, with a sarcastically derisive Danny Wallace in constant and niggling attendance.

Things that work on TV--or start as drunken bets--don't always make the most successful of books and there are times when Are You Dave Gorman? seems a little contrived, not to say fatuously pointless. But such is the charm, candour, and wit of the two writers' alternating voices, any qualms come to seem churlish, if not thick-headed: it's the very frivolousness and absurdity of Are You Dave Gorman? that makes it so boyishly likeable. --Sean Thomas


'Gorman is becoming the Bill Bryson of stand-up', Sunday Times .'A life-affirming, heart-warming chapter in the history of English eccentricity', Independent on Sunday

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0091884713
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (6 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QSNF3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you Dave Gorman? 8 July 2005
By A Customer
No but I sure wish I was after reading this book! The insane wacky recklessness of these two friends is contagious! It made me want to wake up and challenge myself to do something crazy and time consuming - resulting in travelling round the world and forcing complete strangers to help me complete my quest! The book is about how a drunken bet gets out of control and consumes their lifes - its a factual story that is humorously written between both dave and danny in two different fonts. The style of writing is hilarious as are the situations described. A must read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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If you liked the TV show, you'll love this. If you liked the stage show, you'll love this. If you like travel books or humorous tales, I think you'll love this. If your name is Dave Gorman, you've probably bought it already! Very funny, well written and surprisingly touching, especially in exploring the relationships between Dave and Danny and also Danny and his Norwegian girlfriend Hanne. A must-read - I couldn't put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't anyone think of this before! 18 Feb 2003
What a great book! My Girlfriend (not Norweigan - read the book & you'll see what I mean) had been bugging me for ages to buy this book so on valentines day I decided to bite the bullet and give her a copy as a present (after reading it first of course!)
Once I read the first page, I couldn't put this book down, the first thing that struck me was what a simple idea it is, try and meet as many people of the same name as possible all over the world (warning, if your name is John Smith this could be a very expensive hobby)
This book really is a laugh a minute as it recounts what starts as a drunken bet between 2 best friends/flatmates and turns into an obsession which nearly destroys relationships, careers and bank balances as the 2 "characters" Dave Gorman & Danny Wallace set off on a madcap trip lasting several months and finally ending up in a TV show as they meet Dave Gorman after Dave Gorman along the way, including women who changed their name by deed poll!.
I won't spoil it anymore but have to agree with Time Out when they proclaim this book "The Stand Up version of Bill Bryson) Buy this book NOW!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story of friendship and Britishness 26 Sep 2001
By Stuart Burns VINE VOICE
'Are You Dave Gorman?' offers much creater depth than the television version of events. Rather like the diaries Michael Palin kept of his travels, here we see the cracks filled in, the moments which could not possibly expressed within the comedy series. Part way through the first chapter it becomes clear that is not the story of Dave Gorman at all, but his best friend Danny Wallace, the man who proposed the bet in the first place. It's about their friendship and keeping it together by impossible odds; his battle to keep within the spirit of a true Britishness which he has been brought up on. His loyalty to his friend is tested by a new 'character', his girlfriend Hanne (pronounced Hannah). She is the Norwegian balance the story needs to stop the story flying off completely into eccentricity, forever questioning her boyfriend about the validity of disappearing off to New York at a moments notice, and why a journey like this needs to be taken if the costs financially and emotionally are so extreme.
The book is separated into two voices. In bold we have Dave, whose words are a development of the television script - many of the same jokes appear the striking feature being that he seemed to think that the whole affair was pure sanity. In light is Danny, perhaps the greater writer, his journalistic experience to the fore, painting Dave as a much curiouser man. In some places, it may have been nice to have Hanne's voice in there as well - at times she is quite a distant figure, her actual feelings about the endevour not entirely clear. Interjections from her, far away from the main story may a slowed the pace and added an extra layer of context.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious 28 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Are you Dave Gorman? No, of course you're not. How many Dave Gormans must there be in England, where this book was written, let alone here on the southern tip of Africa, where this review is being written? However, that's the question this hilarious book poses - and it gets answered in a myriad of innovative ways, with a surprisingly high hit rate.The book, which very loosely fits into the humour/travel genre, starts off as a drunken bet between young English flat-mates Dave and Danny, who come across a bit like the pair on Men Behaving Badly, complete with long-suffering but extremely sharp girlfriend.
Danny bets Dave that he can't meet "loads" of other Dave Gormans. The next day, cold, hungry and hung over, they find themselves leaving London on a train to Scotland, on the start of the great Dave Gorman hunt. The challenge is on and it makes riveting reading, full of laddish humour, quirky asides and examples of extreme eccentricity. You'll find yourself bursting out in a guffaw, shaking your head, giggling "what an idiot" and then reading on for more. The best of it all is that it's true. You'll be pleased to hear, Dave, that I've checked the Port Elizabeth phone book, called all the Gormans and there are none listed here. Just so you don't yank poor Danny off down here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. An interesting story of a quest. Saw Dave live recently and he didn't disappoint.
Published 21 days ago by K. Rayment
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliantly hilarious.
Published 1 month ago by Linsi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very amusing book, everybody needs a Dave Gorman in their life.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars and that’s just as hilarious as the book is – the best part of it is
This is probably the funniest of Gorman’s books to date, quite possibly because it’s co-written with his ex-flatmate Danny Wallace, a man who’s equally well-known as Dave is for... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not Dave Gorman and neither is my wife
My interest in the namesake quest first began with the tv series based the on book.this quest epitomizes the saying ''the truth is often stranger than fiction''
Published 5 months ago by matt white
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull!
No twists or turns just travelling to find other Dave Gormans. Bit of a cheat to get others to change their name by deed poll just to get the required number. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janet Batey
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You Dave Gorman?
A fantastic book from beginning to end! It will make you laugh out loud so becareful where you read it. Makes me want to become a Dave Gorman!
Published 7 months ago by natalie crew
5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent but incredibly entertaining
This has been a fantastic read. Unless you're name's Dave Gorman (mine isn't) it won't change your life but it may bring plenty of smiles your way.
Published 10 months ago by Opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite book
out of all the books ever this is my fave.
strange i know but ever since it first came out ive gone back to it severl times such a fun read and such a great adventure if ypu... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Ng Box
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Wonderfully well written, dry, sarcastic and ever so funny.
Would love to share a flat with these two gentlemen, recommended!
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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