- Title: Do Not Pass Go
- Author: Tim Moore
- ISBN: 9780099433866
- Page: 500
- Format: Paperback
A book that tells the story of London since the thirties through the 28 streets, stations and utilities of the Monopoly board In the wonderful world of Monopoly it still only cost 50 to buy a house in Islington, you can move around London with the shake of a dice and even park your car for free.In Do Not Pass Go Tim Moore, belying his reputation as a player who always paA book that tells the story of London since the thirties through the 28 streets, stations and utilities of the Monopoly board In the wonderful world of Monopoly it still only cost 50 to buy a house in Islington, you can move around London with the shake of a dice and even park your car for free.In Do Not Pass Go Tim Moore, belying his reputation as a player who always paid that 10 fine rather than take a Chance, fearlessly tackles the real thing and along the way tells the story of a game and the city that frames it Sampling the rags and the riches he stays in a hotel in Mayfair and one in the Old Kent Road, enjoys quality time with Dr Crippen in Pentonville Prison and even winds up at the wrong end of the Water Works pipe And, solving all the mysteries you ll have pondered whilst languishing in jail and many other you certainly wouldn t, Tim Moore reveals how Pall Mall got its name, which three addresses you won t find in your A Z and why the sorry cul de sac that is Vine Street has a special place in the heart of Britain s most successful Monopoly champion.The stirring travelogue of one man s erratic progress around those 28 streets, stations and utilities, Do Not Pass Go is also an epic and lovingly researched history of London s wayward progress in the 66 years since the launch of the world s most popular board game
Recent Comments "Do Not Pass Go"
Great if you like Monopoly, London, history and humour. Would read again
Despite never really expecting to, I've long enjoyed Tony Hawks' books. The humour and invention with which he manages to make a travelogue into something that is part challenge and part joke is wonderful to read and a lot of fun to boot. He's dragged me off to places I've never been and always made sure I'd enjoy the ride.Tim Moore, on the other hand, plans to take me somewhere I have been before. He's planning a trip around the Monopoly board and the London streets they are named after. I've p [...]
Out of the four Tim Moore books, I have read to date Do Not Pass Go is my least favourite. Though the content is well planned, researched and written, it lacked the humour of the other three books. I also found it a hard going in places and this is reflected in the time it took me to read. The main reason why I didn’t enjoy Do Not Pass Go as much could be because Monopoly was not a game frequently played in my childhood. Unlike Moore, who grew up in a city, I grew up in a location with beaches [...]
A modern-day romp through the properties on the British (and Australian) version of Monopoly. I loved the tour through the Old Kent Road to Mayfair.
Second time around a whole lot more satisfying than my first effort oooh, a full 5 or 6 years ago. There's less about the author and his parsimonious nature which my youthful (ha) self found utterly outrageous, caught in the midst of a Moore love-in as I was. I also didn't like the large format paperback.This time - and with a much more standard size tome care of Strutton Ground's Oxfam Bookshop - found the Tim's unusual absence leaves moore (ho ho) space for the sort of interesting nuggets abou [...]
One of the most original travel books I've read: following the history of the iconic Monopoly streets of London. A fascinating insight into the history of the capital by tracking the Browns, Oranges, Light Blues, Yellows, Reds, Dark Pinks, Greens, Dark Blues and not to mention the stations and the utility companies.Yes, the research is easily accessible but the production of the final book and adventure is well thought through and very readable. I was brought up on Monopoly and whilst Moore appe [...]
Not a big Monopoly fan, but certainly a big fan of this book. Tim Moore does his research before going to a place, so he knows the kinds of things to look out for as well as the questions to ask: which makes this book really very enjoyable. I've learnt a lot of trivia from this book too - did you know that, for example, more people shop at Selfridge's every year than live in Australia? His writing is amusing and clever; his observations all the more valid for the research he does; and he comes a [...]
Sometimes I feel that many travel writers look at Bill Bryson and think that maybe if they could sell half as many as he does, they'd be damn happy with their lot. So why not try and do a similar take? Enter Tim Moore. To be fair, Moore does have some original ideas for his tours and this is a cracker, touring the London of the Monopoly Board. Why didn't I think of that?! It allows him to dig up some off-beat facts, but I couldn't help but think that I could too with a broadband connection and e [...]
My family used to play Monopoly quite a lot but I wasn't a major fan, mainly because I almost always lost to my much-less-gullible sister!That said, you don't need to be a Monopoly superfan to find this book charming, hilarious and interesting. I think it was an inspired idea of Tim's to tour London and try and discover why the Monopoly Board streets were chosen. His mission takes him all across London and he makes some intersting and weird discoveries and tells us about them in a very witty way [...]
Highly original or tediously convoluted, opinion is firmly split on this book – but one thing is for sure: Tim Moore's attempt at dissecting the British capital by exploring the streets on its Monopoly board does provide the tired trope of the London guidebook with a never-used-before angle, and because of this sheds some new light on the city, all of which could have been a bit more enjoyable if Mr. Moore had employed less of his ample talent trying to live up to that damning epithet splashed [...]
this book was loaned to me by a friend. I had never heard of Tim Moore before this. Tim is an English comedienne and author. This book is a few years old, coming out in 2002. The basic premise is that the author was going to travel around London by following his roll of die and going around the Monopoly board, the UK edition. I raised an eyebrow at the premise, but I did get into it, and thoroughly enjoyed his journey as he digs out the history of each of the streets and therefore an interesting [...]
I'm not a great reader of travel books but when I noticed it on a charity book stall it looked amusing. I'm not sure but I think there was a recommendation from Stuart Maconie on the back cover. The Foreword was laugh out loud funny in places and so I tucked into the book eagerly. Unfortunately I found the Foreword to be the best part of the book. The rest was informative and vaguely amusing in places but no better than that.
I'm a Monopoly lover, so the premise of this book really appealed to me. I loved it more than I could have imagined. Not many books make me laugh out loud, but this one did over and over again. So, a very funny book, but also a clever one because Tim Moore uses the Monopoly board as a way of travelling around London and giving a social history of the places on the famous board.This is just tremendous. Please read it.
I saw this and I just had to have it. Do Not Pas Go is based on traveling around the places on the Monopoly board. I quite enjoyed it as it is a unique way to find somewhere to travel but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew London.The book was a real innovative point of view on a typical segment of London's history. I like Moore's sense of humor. I really wonder what I can find to help me with some original traveling of my own.4 Stars
I've always hated that boring, time-sucking game Monopoly, but I very much enjoyed this book, in which Moore explores historical and modern London via the squares on the British Monopoly board. He's very funny and a terrible punster, which, being my dad's daughter, I love. (Discussing famous songs about London: '"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', 'Waterloo Sunset,' and of course Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Ealing.'" Oh, Tim.)
I really enjoyed this book. I had no idea that some of the roads on the Monopoly Board had such slight reasons for being included. Although this is a book about the board game, it is essentially an excuse to take us through the history not only of the game but of these few streets in teh capital. Tim Moore clearly loves London and spent a lot of time researching this, it is clear. His views are offbeat and it is occasionally laugh out loud funny. Highly recommended.
Tim Moore played a lot of highly competitive Monopoly with his family as a child. Here he travels around all the well known sites around the UK version of the board and tries to work out why they selected the streets - some of which don't actually exist - that they did. an excellent read, especially if you've ever played the game.
This book is the story of Tim Moore's journey around London, visitng places in real life that feature on the Monopoly board. Not only does it provide some interesting stories of a historical nature about the growth and development of London, but it is also a celebration of the game of Monopoly itself.
Highly entertaining and suprisingly informative ride around the London of the 1930s Monopoly board. An original angle on a unique slice of London's rich and varied history. I like Moore's sense of humour. It's the kind of book you consciously start slowing down on towards the end as you don't want it to end too soon!
I'm a London junkie and will happily devour anything about the city. Tim Moore's "Do Not Pass Go" is a charming and engaging read for anyone interested in both London and the game of Monopoly. Armed with a Monopoly board, he goes in search of the stories behind the game. Absolutely brilliant and a must read if you love, live, or plan on visiting London!
This book outlines the history of the Monopoly board game takes you on a fascinating tour of London via the Monopoly board locations. It is creatively written in a lighthearted manner. It delves into interesting history behind all the M board squares. A bit crude in places, but a good entertaining read. I always thought the London based board was the original, how wrong you can be.
Lots of interesting facts in this one but I struggled with it at times as it was quite densely written. More interaction with people would've broken it up a bit more, but ultimately an interesting read.
Being of mind to love a bit of London lore, I was quite bored with this book. There were a few laugh out loud funnies typical of Tim Moore but unless you have a real understanding of London history, it is not very exciting to read.
Though I grew up playing the American version of Monopoly, Do Not Pass Go was still very entertaining. And I think I'd take the trip around London over Atlantic City pretty much any day of the week.
Interesting book about the areas and places of the Monopoly board. The book would have been a lot better if there were pictures to go with the different places. Overall, the book is interesting, but somewhat dry. I think if you're a monopoly fan its definitely worth the read.
Enjoyed this book very much. Moore is compared to Bill Bryson in the reviews, and I can see why. Quite course at times - not a constant belly laugh but I did snort with laughter now and again.Will look out for more by this author.
I didn't actually finish this one. It was too dull for me, I didn't find the humour that everyone else did and was bored by page 80. Life is too short to read a book that I'm not enjoying
Picked this up at a used book stall in Bath. It was a funny, Bill Bryson-style read with lots of little facts about areas of London I know well. Great to have along on a trip to Europe.
An enjoyable mix of local history wittily-told and the author getting into scrapes along the way. Although, by the end, the history seemed to be dominating a bit and I was starting to lose interest !
A great read but would love to see a revised version with illustrations to save me looking places up online every 5 minutes!!!!
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