Yes, Pointless fans, it is that time of year again. With Christmas rapidly approaching, and the success of The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World demonstrating that fans of the BBC game show also like to read books, a second offering by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman has been released – The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World. Setting out what they consider to be the most time-wasting arguments that we have, from the more serious (does pressing a button on a lift make it come quicker?) to the downright silly (how many cows would, theoretically, have fitted into my childhood bedroom?) it aims to provide a definitive answer to each in a funny and entertaining manner. It does succeed some of the time – and I like the quizzes and pointless facts that crop up during the book – although some of the answers given are little more than padding and fall a bit flat.
At £14.99 it is not something that I would buy for myself, even though I enjoy the show on those days that I manage to catch it (as Sarah Millican has pointed out, it makes you laugh and feel a bit less thick, and those can only be good things). However, it would make a good Christmas novelty book for any Pointless fans in your life, as something amusing and easy to read is probably just what you want after subjecting your digestive tract to oversize portions of turkey and pudding. A cheaper paperback version is on the way, but not until May next year, I’m afraid.
Recommended (to Pointless fans only).
The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World
by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman
Published by Coronet, October 2013
With thanks to the publisher for sending a review copy.
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