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Murder on the Darts Board Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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"Brave, boozy banter for bedroom Bristows of all ages" -- Maxim Magazine, Feb 2008
"Irwin chronicles his "journey to the heart of dartness" - and darkness, in the form of oceans of Guinness - with humour and perception. He may have been found wanting on the oche but he's hit the bull's-eye here." -- The Independent on Sunday, Sunday 13 January 2008
About the Author
In January 2005 Justin Irwin gave up his job to become a darts player for a year. He then wrote about his experiences in Muder on the Darts Board.
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Justin's books kept me interested in his journey and his challenge, allowing me to understand his motivation for his own challenge and the ups & downs he had through the course of the year. I loved how open he was to the reader in his emotions, his relationships and with his demons.
I could easily identify with his challenge, even though I knew little about darts and felt it could easily have been about any challenge that the author had set himself. He made personal sacrificies and found out more about himself, his friends and his passion than he had known before he started his challenge!
The story was funny and inspirational at the same time and I can now watch darts knowing slightly more than I used to before about the game, the players and the tactics involved and now have greater respect for the players for their tenacity that they have in pursuing a sport which may appear simple but clearly after reading this book takes great skill to master.
I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first to the last word. Obviously it's about darts (and that alone makes it worth the money for any darts lover such as myself), but it's so much more than that. What unfolds here is the story of a man chasing a dream and discovering so much about himself on the way. Add to this the experiences of the writer as he strives for acceptance amongst the professional darting community and what you have is a serious, and seriously funny, study of social boundaries in the UK.
No punches are are held back either. I can imagine that are a few high profile people in the darting ranks who wouldn't be too pleased about their parts in all of this, but you have to admire the honesty in which the story has been told.
Well written. Extremely funny when it needs to be and always entertaining.
Justin writes with a frank, open and often amusing style that suits the subject matter well. And if much of what is revealed about this hidden (to most of us) world is a far cry from the televised sport we know, it is the details about the people, their motivations and personalities, and the closeness of this group of sportsmen that is most affecting.
Childhood memories of long afternoons spent in front of the world championship on telly, bloated from festive over-eating, are all you need to get into the spirit of things; actually, you don't even need that. Just a willingness to follow Justin as he takes a break from the rat race, pickles his liver and takes aim at sporting greatness.
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The majority of the book talks about Justin Irwin, childline and how kooky his decision was.Read more