As 'the voice of darts', the inimitable Sid Waddell helped transform it from an unfashionable pub game to a massively successful international sport. His son Dan Waddell grew up in this smoky, boozy world and witnessed Sid's turbulent journey from failed novelist and struggling TV producer to much-loved television personality.
As 'the voice of darts', the inimitable Sid Waddell helped transform it from an unfashionable pub game to a massively successful international sport. His uninhibited enthusiasm, classical allusions and memorable one-liners endeared him to millions. His son Dan Waddell grew up in this smoky, boozy world and witnessed Sid's turbulent journey from failed novelist and struggling TV producer to much-loved television personality.
We Had Some Laughs is Dan's warm, moving and funny account of Sid's colourful life and career and a son's memories of an unconventional dad. It is also a celebration of a way of life and a story of loss - of people, places and times now gone or changed for ever. But, most of all, it's a story about fathers and sons, and the unshakeable bond between them.
Dan Waddell is a journalist, novelist and author. He covered two seasons of county cricket for the Daily Telegraph and his books include Who Do You Think You Are? and Field of Shadows- The Remarkable True Story of the English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany, 1937. He captains Acton 2nd XI in the Middlesex County League where he tries and fails to pass on sage advice to young players.
An ESSENTIAL book for any fan of darts or, more specifically, the voice of darts, Sid Waddell... reading Dan's book felt like an old friend was being brought to life again in my hands. -- Krispy pdc-darts.co.uk I adored this treble-top memoir of coal miner's son, Cambridge graduate and inimitable darts commentator Sid Waddell by his sportswriter son. By turns fruity, funny and deeply touching, it teems with larger-than-life characters - and I don't just mean the darts players. At its heart it's a celebration of a vanished era, from the pits of County Durham and the early Wild West days of Yorkshire Television, to the boozy, smoky pre-arena spectacle that was darts. But most of all it's a story about a father and a son, and the often tested but never broken bond between them. -- Caroline Sanderson Bookseller Extremely funny... Brilliant. Birmingham Post A touching and laugh-out-loud tribute to the father he adored -- Eithne Farry Express Affectionate, funny Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year Touching The Times Raise a glass to Sid Waddell's wit and warmth! ... An engaging biography of a much-loved tv voice ... packed throughout with little gems about Sid Telegraph A touching tribute to a man who transcended his sport Sunday Times, Sports Books of the Year Warm, moving and humorous.... a paean to a way of life that has slowly slipped from view and people and places that linger now only as memories Yorkshire Post A touching, funny, warm and readable tribute to a funny, warm and unreadable man! Stephen Fry Hootingly funny, deftly structured, a joy to read and highly recommended -- Marcus Berkmann The Spectator