DARTS IN ENGLAND, 1900-1939
A Social History

PATRICK CHAPLIN
272pp 16 ILLUS 2009 LIST PRICE: £60.00 H634

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This admirably researched volume takes as its central theme the transformation of darts in England ‘from a casual pub game at the turn of the century into a popular, codified and, to some extent, cross-class recreation by the mid-1930s’; even George VI and Queen Elizabeth indulged at the Slough Social Centre in 1937, which they appeared to enjoy. Chaplin assesses the social, economic and cultural forces behind this transformation, considers the growth of the darts manufacturing industry and assesses the overall effect the growing popularity of darts had on interwar society, with particular reference to the changing nature of the English public house.