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Are You Dave Gorman? Paperback – July 4, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random (July 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091884713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091884710
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on July 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very entertaining and fun to read book written in the style of two separate author diary entries recounting the tale of following a bet to track down 54 people with the same name as one of them. Dave Gorman and his reluctant flatmate Danny Wallace have a drunken bet which results in them waking up on a train pulling into Scotland from London on a quest to meet a man who coaches a small town soccer team. They have never met him before, have no idea what he looks like, just that he coaches this team and his name is Dave Gorman. Just before arriving at the field Danny ponders the question of how do they even know the team will have a home game. Dave hadn't thought about this, in fact he hadn't thought about what he would actually do when he meets his namesake. He did bring a camera though. The fact that they haven't really thought the plan through is what makes this quest and the many subsequent quests to meet people named Dave Gorman hilarious as a lot of the funny stuff is what goes wrong. Dave Gorman is determined to meet the target of 54 Dave Gormans, a number determined by Danny by the number of cards in a deck, including jokers. Danny reluctantly accompanies Dave along the way, very much annoying and putting his relationship with his girlfriend Hanne in severe jeopardy.

I've previously read all of Danny Wallace's books (all written after this) so was interested in tracking this co-authored book down and was not disappointed. Being a co-authored book it is a little bit different to those reads but not that much. Dave Gorman writes slightly different to Danny, more closer but not quite at a stand up comedian speech style where as Danny has his journalistic trained style and they both mash extremely well together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Hofmann on May 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dave Gorman is a guy who spends many months and a bunch of money traveling around the world to find other people named Dave Gorman. The concept itself is funny enough, but Dave's writing style (I think he was formerly a radio personality) adds even more to the fun. There is an insert with photos of him with each Dave Gorman he met along the way (including a couple honorary Dave Gormans). An incredibly entertaining read for no good reason --perfect for a weekend afternoon.
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