'Moore is a talented and very funny writer' Daily Telegraph
A book that tells the story of London since the thirties through the 28 streets, stations and utililties 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
“He is a rare comic talent”
“A very funny writer, oozing with comic ideas... There are fantastic jokes here, some lovely observation and a wealth of delicious information”
“Witty and ingenious”
“An ideal balance of travel, anecdote and dry wit”
Independent on Sunday
“A brilliant book that sheds new light on our capital”
“Do Not Pass Go is a kind of Grand Tour, Reggie Perrin-style and its author is an original... We need more writers like him... You'll laugh with this book and you'll learn something too”
“Turns everyday encounters into a familiar yet extraordinary portrait of London”