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Dave Gorman
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1 Jan 2004
If someone called you a 'googlewhack' what would you do? Would you end up playing table tennis with a nine year old boy in Boston? Would you find yourself in Los Angeles wrangling snakes, or would you go to China to be licked by a performance artist? If your name is Dave Gorman, then all of these things could be true...Fuelled by a lust for life and a desperate desire to do anything except what he is supposed to be doing (writing that novel and growing up), Dave falls under the spell of an obscure internet word game - Googlewhacking. Addicted to the game, and gripped by obsession, Dave travels three times round the world, visiting four continents and the unlikeliest cast of real life eccentrics you'll ever meet in what becomes an epic challenge, a life-changing, globe-trotting Googlewhack adventure. A hostage to the vagaries of a search engine, Dave Gorman has become a 21st century Dice Man throwing his fortune to the fates. The only difference is that the dice Dave tolls has 3 million faces...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091891965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091891961
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Gorman is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own two BBC2 series.

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"....excellent stuff from a genuinely obsessive bloke and one of the best comedians on the circuit today" -- ICE Magazine

"Following his hilarious search for his far-flung namesakes, this gently but persistently funny book is another to savour" -- OK Magazine

"This chronicle of his global search is the best kind of nonsense - totally stupid, incredibly pointless and absolutely hilarious" -- Scottish Daily Record

"Very funny" -- Daily Mirror

"very funny" -- Independent on Sunday

'Fresh, funny and very entertaining' -- Daily Mail

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Another hi-octane, pointless adventure from the 'Bill Bryson of stand-up' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
In a hotel room in Austin, Texas, Dave Gorman drops his razor into the sink. Despite his despair about what he has become he cannot bring himself to shave his beard off. This is the beard that was grown to prove he was a mature thirty one year old who had abandoned his foolish youth, the beard that was also a key element in securing him a commission for his first novel. However, after Dave's good intentions to sit down in front of his PC and become a novelist go astray, he considers shaving to reveal the young fool that he still is. He leaves Texas with facial hair and gets back on course to find ten Googlewhacks in a row.

In this book Dave tells the story of how an e-mail informing that he was a 'Googlewhack' led him to embark on a journey, zigzagging across the world, meeting authors of websites which confirmed the 'whack criteria. A journey that sees him: take an uncomfortable fast spin with a Welsh Mini enthusiast; meet a man who collects random photos of women and their dogs; and take a trip, with a cowboy, over the Mexican border in the search for Coca-Cola made to the original sugary recipe.

Gorman's lust for the mundane oddity that occupies the various characters he meets, together with the hilarious account of his own obsession driven behaviour, will draw you in to a comfortably insane world. This book shows everyone's need for purpose and the immense dread that the threat of failure brings.

Maybe one of the funniest tales of international travel ever told, the Adventure is a must read for anyone who finds it hard to let go and accept defeat. So brew up or pour a shot of tequila and get Googlewhacking.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bearded but brilliant! 17 Dec 2003
The best thing I can say is that I toyed with giving this to my wife for Christmas - and then kept it for myself. Anybody who has already seen the stageshow will know that the book is about another seemingly impossible Dave Gorman quest - this time to make a chain of 10 Googlewhacks.
The funniest thing by far is that Dave really, really did not want to take this bet on. However, thanks to a bizarre series of co-incidences (not to mention a large amount of tequila), he found himself yet again travelling the world, foresaking both the novel he should have been writing and his vow to be sensible.
If you don't spend half of this book laughing out loud, there must be something wrong with you; and if you then don't find yourself thinking of strange bets you yourself could make with Dave, then you're a better man than me.
It's a shame this book isn't out for Christmas; I have been lucky to somehow get a copy delivered early. If you make only one New Year's resolution for 2004, it should be to buy this book before everybody else does. And, whilst you're at it, buy 'Are You Dave Gorman?' as well. And then, when Dave is as famous as God in six months time, sit round looking smug and making sure everyone knows that you were one of the first to buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whack-tastic 8 Jan 2004
In his latest paper-based outing, Dave Gorman goes to the ends of the Earth on an insane, yet highly commendable challenge: To find a chain of ten "Googlewhacks" before his next birthday.
As you delve further into the initially whimsical appearance of this book, you begin to understand the importance of this challenge to Dave. It's all about the winning. Experience his highs and his lows as he meets people from incredibly diverse backgrounds - all held together by a fragile chain of 'whacks.
Dave genuinely amuses with his refined wit - springing inspired comical observations upon you at every turn. The characters Dave bumps into on his travels will have you in hysterics, and their generosity will restore your faith in human nature.
Thanks to Gorman's intuitive style of writing and sturucturing of 'Googlewhack Adventure', you're always kept on your toes, wondering what may lie around the corner for the author. Surprisingly, for such a light read, Gorman is even able to introduce complex concepts - informing his readers about subjects such as Creationist beliefs while still entertaining thoroughly.
The author never leaves the audience in doubt about his emotional state, and is remarkably honest about how he feels at all stages of this tale of woe, intrigue, competition and humour.
All in all, Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure comes highly recommended, whatever your level of technological literacy. A fun excursion into the mind of a jetset without a cause.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorman Whacked my Google 14 Feb 2004
As quite a big fan of Google and of Dave Gorman, this book was a must have and it didn't disappoint. The humorous feel good quest genre that has grown out of the likes of Tony Hawks' "Round Ireland with a fridge" and Dave Gorman's earlier book "Are you Dave Gorman?" is becoming big business. To know that some people are prepared to drop everything and follow a whim to its illogical conclusion somehow makes life seem a great deal more worth living.
As you probably know, Dave Gorman fell under the spell of Googlewhacking and traversed the world several times searching for people who owned websites that included Googlewhacks; two words that together produce just one search result from Google.
While most of us would feel satisfied if we found a single googlewhack in itself, Dave Gorman takes the game to a much higher level. He attempts to find a chain of ten Googlewhacks, encouraging the owner of each whack included website to furnish him with two more whacks to further the quest.
The result is a roller coaster ride through the world wide web and across the world. It's no surprise that he spent much time in the US, given that so much of the internet is based there. However, due to the nature of the journey Gorman found himself inhabiting airspace far more often than most people would deem possible. The exercise in statistics and cumulative jet lag would be enough to floor many, but the energy that can only be produced by the ultimate displacement activity sees this adventure to its nail biting conclusion.
If your life seems dull and mundane, leaf through Dave Gorman's latest offerring. It'll show you that the alternative to the quiet life, while entertaining, is not for the faint hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read that will make you laugh
Made me laugh so much and I felt like I was on the adventure too! Dave Gorman is a genius.
Published 6 months ago by The Purple Vampire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
I "borrowed" a copy of the Google whack DVD and felt so guilty that I bought all of his books the next day. They are brilliant. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Christopher Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh out like just like the live performance!
Wonderfully written and so much fun to read. I saw the live show years ago and finally decided to read the book. The book contains all of the answers to your unanswered questions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it..
I have been aware of Dave Gorman's books for a while but only recently have i decided to take the plunge and dive in to comedy genius. Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by chochouse
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Enjoyable,warm hearted but just a bit too neat to be truly credible.Also not wanting to be too pedantic-how did six days in washington turn into only three. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Eric Redmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
A weird basis for a story but Dave Gormans Googlewhack Adventure is not only very funny but fun and heart-warming
Published on 3 Oct 2009 by David Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and entertaining
While this is no literary classic, it is worth reading if only to dispel some of the myths of modern society as just a collection of selfish individuals looking to put themselves... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by P. J. Bragg
4.0 out of 5 stars Go on Whack your Google
After 'Are you Dave Gorman?' I had high hopes for this book, while it is a good story it's just missing some of the sparkle that was present in that book, however it's still worth... Read more
Published on 12 April 2009 by Bowski
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining tale about how far a man will go to avoid work...
This was an enjoyable book to read. It's a book that just goes to show how many truly interesting people there are out there on the internet. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Leeloo
4.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale involving a beard, a tattoo and Google.
I read this after thoroughly enjoying "Are you Dave Gorman?" and wasn't disappointed.

I've spoken with some people who felt this was weaker than the book of the previous... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2007 by @GeekZilla9000
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