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After a heavy night of tequila, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey to meet all the other Dave Gormans in the world. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France and Ireland. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend, including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and addictive - and a touching, funny story of two friends who grow to share a mutual obsession. 'A warm, funny, life-enhancing book' The Guardian.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091884710
ISBN-10: 0091884713
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 23mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » This is an utterly ludicrous, shamefully compelling saga of a bizarre bet. Gorman, a comedian, and Wallace, a journalist, somehow end up flatmates. In a drunken pub session Gorman tells Wallace he has heard of another person named Dave Gorman. Wallace is unimpressed; Gorman retaliates with other Gorman possibilities; Wallace scoffs; Gorman suggests there must be loads of other Dave Gormans; Wallace suggests otherwise; Gorman says, 'Do you wanna bet?' - and so Wallace, having said yes, is dragged apparently unwillingly into an unlikely search for his flatmate's namesakes. Despite his protestations, it is Wallace who broadens the scope of the bet to the number of Dave Gormans equal to a pack of playing cards, including the jokers. He accompanies Gorman in his transglobal search, which broadens from places like Fife and Wolverhampton to Norway, the South of France and New York. Incredible though it sounds, the photos are all here to prove it, every one of the Dave Gorman-meets-Dave Gorman encounters recorded on Polaroid for posterity. And - madness of madness - there's also photographic evidence that, somewhat to his surprise, some people took up Gorman's publicity-seeking offer of #200 to anyone prepared to change their name legally to Dave Gorman. In the telling of this crazy adventure, the search manages to involve the reader, and both men prove able to raise a laugh at each other's, and their own, expense. So this, against all odds, is both a funny and a readable book. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Dave Gorman

The average Dave Gorman is 37, 5'6" and works in the financial sector. Our Dave Gorman is 29, is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own BBC2 series. Danny Wallace is a writer, producer and award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Melody Maker.

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