Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Times review

Saturday, 19 September 2009

This is really a very nice review. But I don’t quite understand the stuff at the beginning about crying and sobbing. I can honestly say I never cried after my early visits to the Vic. These days it’s a different story…..

  Still, I’m not quibbling, not quibbling. Lovely review and I’m very grateful.

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danny maris at 12:44 am on September 20th, 2009

I’m having difficulty imagining you as a social reject…

I’m not happy with quirky either.

Individualistic perhaps.

Personally I can’t imagine anything more boring than being trapped in an airless windowless casino playing a card game with expressionless, taciturn
obsessives!  I mean, if you take away the money, there’s nothing there is there? I’ve quite enjoyed watching poker games on TV, but then I like games (and greatly regret the passing of televised chess!).  And watching is different from participating.

I know…you’re gonna tell me I’ve got to read (buy) the book to understand…  :-)

leon71 at 2:29 am on September 20th, 2009

It’s quite stereo-typical isn’t it, really? Frightened school girl, mis-directed, emotional (queue sobbing). Begin act 2: direction, understanding of peers ... Is the journalist angling for a script writing role? But in more seriousness, yeah, the later parts of the review are full of warm attention. Congrats, and congrats on the book too, respect for not being scared and censoring yourself.

Gareth Leese at 3:06 am on September 20th, 2009

Nice review. I cant Imagine how difficult it must be to write a book from start to finish with no assistance! As a keen poker player myself (I qualified for the WSOP main event this year, but I bottled It and sold my seat because I have distinct lack of wealth) I really enjoy reading your articles and blogs. Also how the hell do you not have a “significant other”?? ‘Im 24 and consider myself to be a good looking and intelligent guy and you are my dream lady! This aint a seedy approach (I’m way too common and poor for you!) Im just baffled that’s all! But anyway keep up the good work!!

Paul H at 4:36 pm on September 20th, 2009

I’m not sure she read the book properly. The love for your family and your father in particular comes across strongly, so where she got ‘raised by wolves’ from I have no idea.

danny maris at 1:22 am on September 21st, 2009

No doubt it was inaccurate but it’s a good phrase isn’t it? One that sticks in the mind. I’m going to use that some day: “Raised by wolves”.  He/she had a “raised by wolves” look about them. 

“What do you think about that guy over there?”

“Raised by wolves I’d say,”  she answered.

I like it!

Good title for an autobiography as well. Especially if you’re a Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter writing a Nick Hornby style book!

eightiesdisco at 2:38 pm on September 21st, 2009

Nice picture of you to go with the article as well

Glasgow Rich at 12:43 am on September 23rd, 2009

On the bus earlier I thought of things I wanted to say in a review of the book. Having long forgotten them, I came home from the pub and scribbled some maniacal pish onto amazon’s customer review.

I’ve never written a review before. I think it’s awful and I’m almost certain it’s trite, but if I cost you any sales I will make it up to you either in the style of compensatory book purchases or by sitting in on a friendly cash game!

Victoria Coren at 1:24 am on September 23rd, 2009

Well if yours is the one from ‘Glazvegas’ (which makes sense from your name here) then that’s a lovely review and thanks so much. Good customer reviews on Amazon are an excellent, properly useful thing and I really appreciate it, thank you.

dominic at 9:07 am on September 23rd, 2009

just wanted to drop a note to say - have just bought and consumed your book in a couple of days on holiday and loved it. so thank you.
Poker stuff obviously great but the personal stuff really hit the mark and took me back a few years to similar feelings (happily time heals!).
Well done on the book and try not to delay too long before writing another.

Victoria Coren

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