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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
Phil "The Power" Taylor, Eric "The Crafty Cockney" Bristow, and Andy "The Viking" Fordham - to this great hall of fame, add another name: Justin Irwin - or, to give him his darts moniker: "The Bachelor of Darts". Justin Irwin used to have another moniker - that of the Director of England at the children's charity, ChildLine. However, in January 2005, he suddenly resigned, giving up his well-paid job in order to...play darts. His aim was simple: to qualify for the World Darts Championship in just one year. As a child, Justin had wanted to become a sports star. But as the sportsmen got younger, Justin realised in his mid-thirties he was old enough to be Wayne Rooney's father. Professional footballer was out the window. However, he remembered that in 1987 he once hit treble 20 - darts nirvana! Why couldn't he do that again, just on a more regular basis? And so began his journey. From playing with friends, he graduated to pub teams, moving on to Open Tournaments in Essex and Hampshire. From backroom bars to the glamour of the Novotel in Southampton, he learnt the difference between 'Double-in' and 'Double-Trouble'.Justin immersed himself completely in the darts community, getting to know the players, their wives and entourages, the strange rules and language, as well as earning himself the sobriquet of "The Bachelor of Darts" (so christened because he had that most unusual of attributes for a darts player - his Degree...). Until finally, in December 2005, he found himself playing to qualify for the Darts World Championship. See all Product description
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For darts fans, Bellies and Bullseyes knocks this into a cocked hat, but for non-aficionados this is still a worthwhile read.
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.
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The majority of the book talks about Justin Irwin, childline and how kooky his decision was.Read more
Justin writes with a frank, open and often amusing style that suits the subject matter well.Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first to the last word.Read more