My only criticism of this book is that it had to end. 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. Highly recommended.
Never having had much of an interest in darts (following a series of unfortunate incidents in my childhood) I took a punt on reading this book based on nothing more than the catchy title. What I found was a funny, honest and often cringeworthy account of a man doing something most would never have the 'balls' to do. I had no idea darts was so complicated but Irwin 's style and passion enabled him to descibe these intricacies in such a way that they are easily understood by non-dartists like me. I am seriously considering buying a board and setting it up in the garage to practice - who knows where that might lead (blunt darts and porous bricks I expect)An excellent read that I would recommend to anyone.
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
This book is head scratchingly frustrating. The majority of the book talks about Justin Irwin, childline and how kooky his decision was. The problem with the limited segments on darts is that Justin Irwin is rubbish at darts. Seriously - he makes a claim that he'll win a tournament by the end of the year but he's not even the best player in his pub league and never seems to make past the first round of any tournament he enters. If you want to read about a liberal hand wringing former head of a charity who is rubbish at darts then this is the book for you.