Dr. Patrick Chaplin has published a new book that with a
wealth of information will appeal to all people interested in darts. Of
course one of the focal points lies in darts history and Chaplin is able due to
his research to expose some of the most popular myths of the sport as
myths and tells us the not less thrilling truth instead. In this
context he reports how such myths can develop – some years ago he was the
unintentional source of a myth himself when one of his famous Fool’s Day
Columns was so convincing people took it at face value.
Beside you can between others find chapters about the
Embassy World Championship, the Winmau World Masters and women darts. But
interesting things like the walk-on-girls, music and darts and the origin
of some of the nicknames are included as well.
All that is written fluently and gives as an
understanding of the sport in a colorful, informative and entertaining
way. As the recently deceased commentator Sid Waddell aptly writes in his
preface the book is a kaleidoscope of darts.
Dr. Patrick Chaplin once again brought a book to be
recommended on the market and I’ve only one point of criticism – it is much too
short. It would have liked to read much more of it!