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Murder on the Darts Board Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032043
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.

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