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The Lost Art of Having Fun: 286 Games for Family and Friends [Hardcover]

Gyles Brandreth , Saethryd Brandreth
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Nov 2013

One good thing about a recession is that we need to go back to making our own fun. Games are in the Brandreths' blood, they have spent thousands of weekends and rainy holidays playing them and now Gyles, Saethryd and seven-year-old Rory want to share the very best with you. THE LOST ART OF HAVING FUN picks out over 250 games, guaranteed to make even the grumpiest child or adult laugh, and then with all kinds of interesting stories and lovely illustrations, it shows you clearly (and very entertainingly) how to play them. There are classic parlour games alongside all kinds of interesting ones you might not have come across yet.

Nine chapters cover pretty much every eventuality: Rainy Day Games, Car Journey, Analogue Fun in a Digital World, Music and Drama, Word Games and Brainteasers, Racing Games, Party Games (split between children's birthday parties and dinner parties), Country House Weekend and last but not least Seasonal Games: Christmas, New Year and Easter. Forget consoles and board games, this beautiful book is all you need. And Queen Victoria (whose favourite games are here too) would be amused. Very amused.


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848549741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848549746
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to the ultimate rainy-day book: three generations of the Brandreth family teach you every game you'll ever need to banish boredom from Wink Murder to Sardines and from Consequences to Squeak Piggy Squeak.

About the Author

Gyles Brandreth is the UK expert on all indoor games. In fact, he says modestly, he knows more about games than anyone else on the planet. He was conceived as a result of his father buying the first game of Monopoly sold in Britain, he later became European Monopoly champion, he founded the National Scrabble Championship, he has been on the word and numbers TV game COUNTDOWN since it started thirty years ago, and he features regularly on radio panel games like JUST A MINUTE and WORDAHOLICS . Gyles has written nearly 100 books covering card games, mazes, word puzzles, family games and children's games. His great-great-grandfather published a book of games in 1865 and games have played a big part in the Brandreth family life ever since, as his daughter Saethryd and grandson Rory can attest.

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5.0 out of 5 stars looks fun 20 Dec 2013
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i have just dipped into this book but it looks amazing really good fun and easy to use also sparks off other ideas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood games 2 Feb 2014
By Ri
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A marvellous book. How we used to have fun with no tv, internet, mobiles, etc, etc. A real feast on how children used to amuse themselves with little of nothing. That's what I call using brainpower, and it really was fun. Hopefully this super book will bring back some of the real fun we used to have as children and how it brought kids together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun 30 Jan 2014
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I have spent an enjoyable week with my grandchildren aged 4 and 6 re visiting many of these half forgotten games from childhood. A great success and the TV rarely switched on! Consequences was greatly enjoyed by the 4 year old who loves drawing.
I would recommend this to any parent and grandparent to keep on their bookshelf. I have bought several copies as gifts for friends who are grandparents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 29 Jan 2014
By kay
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Great to read up on fun without an electronic gadget, even better to try them out. Being incredibly silly with your children is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back family fun 20 Jan 2014
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Lots of games that you will probably remember from your childhood PLUS a few new ones.
A very good resource
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the old! 16 Jan 2014
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This was a gift to my 50 year old son for the enjoyment with his two children. He was thrilled with it and could see its possibilities for the present and the future. I heard about it on Countdown with Gyles Brandreth. Thought you would like to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant family fun 16 Jan 2014
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Saw the author on TV and couldn't resist! Gave us some great "forgotten" games for Christmas day. It's a family must have
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for my class 13 Jan 2014
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As a primary school teacher I'm am enjoying dipping into it for some good games with a learning twist.
My class are enjoying it too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Art of Having Fun
I really enjoyed this trip back to my childhood, as have other members of my family who have picked it off the bookshelf and then are lost in its contents. Read more
Published 27 days ago by sandy-liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun
Saw this advertised on Breakfast tv and decided to have a look. Lots of ideas for all situations to get the family away from the tv, computers, xbox and phones!
Published 1 month ago by Christine Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun
we have played lots of these long forgotten games. They create an amazing amount of fun for all the family from the very young, to the not so young
Published 1 month ago by ian anadrew hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
Gyles Brandreth has a great love of games, both simple ones and more demanding ones, some requiring props, others not, some silly, some strategic - it suits all tastes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jrinbath
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fo family parties
Bought this for my brother to use with his 4 grand children aged between 12 and 3. He loves family parties and this was an ideal gift. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Catherine Meldrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Games fun !!!
Takes you back to your own childhood with games you love and other games you wish you had thought of. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TerrieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very nice book! Worth buying. Great tips for games that we will certainly play together as a family. Buy it and you will see:)
Published 4 months ago by Barunka
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
This book is brill and it's great to use, not just for children, but if ever you have a large number of people together and you realise there are so many games you used to play... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vicky Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money
We look forward to trying out all the games with the grandchildren and family. Well worth the money. Many games remembered from childhood.
Published 4 months ago by evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Art of Having Fun
Fantastic. Purchased for visiting grandchildren. Daughter in law borrowed it for party games and it has now been loaned to neighbours for the same purpose. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. MacPherson
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