Bellies and Bullseyes by Sid Waddell
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Bellies and Bullseyes
By Sid Waddell

Bellies and Bullseyes

The Outrageous True Story of Darts

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Bellies and Bullseyes by Sid Waddell

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards: Autobiography 2008.

Book Description

"Bellies and Bullseyes" is simply the greatest account there will ever be about the sport of darts - as told by one of its most legendary characters - Sid Waddell. It mixes Sid's own personal journey from the coalfields of the North East with the entire history of the sport. What is revealed is a hilarious yet epic Darts Babylon, covering every significant event and every character to walk the oche from Eric 'The Crafty Cockney' Bristow to Phil 'The Power' Taylor. In words as ripe as his commentaries, Sid brings an authentic whiff of fags, hard drink, hot tungsten and moist polyester to the whole cabaret. Sid has been friend and confidante to most of darts' stars over the years as well as being instrumental in the game's progress himself. Nobody is equipped to tell the story quite like he is. From the early days of hustling in bars and the 1960s money-race pub competitions that spawned the likes of John Lowe and Leighton Rees, to ITV's brilliantly daft The Indoor League and the glory days of BBC's coverage; from the bling of Bobby George and the belly of Jocky Wilson to the awesome professionalism of Phil Taylor; from smoky Northern working men's clubs to the Houses of Parliament; this is the complete, incredible story of darts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091917562
ISBN-10: 0091917565
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 22mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Sid Waddell

Road Back Home by Sid Waddell Road Back Home, Paperback (July 2010)

Set amid the pit villages of the North East and stretching from the 1920s, before the author's parents had even met, to the final closing of the mine and his mother's death in 1999, this title paints a picture of a colourful, tight knit community full of good times and hard work, god-fearing women and hard-drinking men.

Collins Taak of the Toon by Sid Waddell Collins Taak of the Toon, Paperback (June 2008)

Gain an insight into the English language via one of the UK's richest dialects: Geordie.

Power by Sid Waddell Power, Paperback (May 2004)

'The Power' is back. King of the oche and a legend in the game, Phil Taylor is largely responsible for taking darts into the 21st century. Recently crowned world champion for an unprecedented eleventh time, Taylor is a complete one-off - the Tiger Woods of his sport - and the most phenomenal player ever to throw a dart.

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Author Biography - Sid Waddell

Sid Waddell, 'The Geordie Lip', the Moses of the game, was born in Northumberland in 1940, the son of a miner. Having graduated with a degree in History from Cambridge University, he started out as a TV producer working on Indoor League in the early 1970s. This led to him receiving the back-handed compliment of being asked to be the BBC's lead commentator on all their major BDO televised darts tournaments. He worked for them in this capacity from 1978 to 1993 during which time he also penned the highly successful children's television series Jossy's Giants. Since 1993 he has worked for Sky Television and commentates on all major PDC televised darts tournaments.

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