I enjoyed this book a lot. As well as learning a lot about darts trivia and about both the pub & the pro darts scene, but there is also a lot of fond recognition in glimpsing an England that many remember from their childhood, that most think is gone now, but that does still exists in not-very-well-publicised places. Great to hear the stories of hard core language, unapologetic consumption of alcohol on a grand scale, and quaint mini-traditions of darts that are adhered to and adored. Some moments of true humour as well; Justin's descriptions of his middle classness and consequent feeling out of place in the world of darts yet then realising that this only bothers one person - himself - made me laugh out loud. The incident of a fellow player cracking open a lager can at 8.45am on the way to a tournament only to be followed by Justin opening his bottle of Benylin to cries of disgust from his fellow travellers was also funny, as was the story of his drunken hug (barely reciprocated, it seemed) with Keith Deller. I think that most 30something middle class men in England would relate to a lot on this book and I recommend it. A mate of mine who finished it before he did, rediscovered his darts and then threw a 160 checkout the next day playing a mate at work, so maybe the book will help your darts as well!
Don't worry if you can't tell the pointy end of a dart from the flappy bit, once Mr Irwin has finished, you'll know all about your oches and tossers (really). In `Murder on the Darts Board' you can follow one man's folly, a roller coaster ride through (at least to him) an uncharted world. It's packed with humour and keen observations that keeps you turning the pages. Through his quest he not only manages to hit the odd 180, but also his own face! I chuckled throughout, and it left me at the end searching the loft for my old board which has lain untouched for 20 years. A cracking story, I just feel sorry for his poor girlfriend who had to live within it for a year!
A wonderfully refreshing look at the Darts Scene from 'An Outsider turned Insider' - perhaps you could think to re educate the British Media as to the real enjoyment of a global market sport! and write your own column. The book was a scream Justin (had to skip some parts as the reminders were quite painful, especially the somewhat silent trip back from Hull.!!Poor Peter.. Emma - you deserve a medal for the 'Endurance Test' at Great Yarmouth in November.... Cold damp caravans, no wonder I never stayed there... haha Seriously - good luck with the book and your next venture to become World CHampion - Whoops to enter for a World Champs at Ping Pong National Levels.. All the best, A Bottle Blond.. xx
7 years later - after the darts scene! - picked Justins' book up again and it's made me reflect and laugh at the years gone by and smile at some of those 'incidents' along the way - I was driving when he popped open his bottle of Benelyn and Richie and Peter were only on the first beers!! Well reminds me to renew contact again and he spurred me on to study for my Degree (not in Darts :-) Great read - even now - Good luck and hope this book gets on 2013 Xmas list as it's a timeless read indeed, regards Caroline xx