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Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A book that tells the story of London since the thirties through the 28 streets, stations and utilities 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. The author visits all these places and charts his erratic progress around th ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Vintage (first published 2002)
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A look at the 28 addresses on the UK Monopoly board. This book was written in 2002, so it's an interesting snapshot of London after the neoliberal 90s, but before the last 15 years of real-estate feeding frenzy. (It's also a snapshot of humor writing from 2002, which can be a bit much). Moore shares the history of all the places he visited, sometimes going back to the Roman era, with special emphasis on how they would have looked and felt to a visitor in the mid 1930s, when the UK version of mon ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
Despite never really expecting to, I've long enjoyed Tony Hawks' books. The humour and invention with which he manages to make a travelogue into something that is part challenge and part joke is wonderful to read and a lot of fun to boot. He's dragged me off to places I've never been and always made sure I'd enjoy the ride.

Tim Moore, on the other hand, plans to take me somewhere I have been before. He's planning a trip around the Monopoly board and the London streets they are named after. I've p
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mums-books
Great if you like Monopoly, London, history and humour. Would read again
Mark Sohn
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting tour of London's streets as featured on the game of Monopoly. Lots of facts, a fair few smiles and laughs along the way. Not QUITE as much fun as 'You Are Awful - But I like You' by the same Author, but still worth the candle. ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great read but would love to see a revised version with illustrations to save me looking places up online every 5 minutes!!!!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
A modern-day romp through the properties on the British (and Australian) version of Monopoly. I loved the tour through the Old Kent Road to Mayfair.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't think I was aware of this Tim Moore work so discovering it was a welcome surprise, although I don't consider it his best. As is his signature, he combines a wacky reason for writing a travelogue with interesting history in a humorous manner, but there wasn't the variety of experiences that made his better books more entertaining.

The premise was to walk the roads on the UK Monopoly board, as well as visiting stations, a jail and utilities. To his credit, he does at least arrange interview
Gavin Felgate
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my fourth read of this book, and I think the reason why I kept wanting to return to it was because of Tim Moore's illustration of London, specifically by visiting every location on the standard British Monopoly board.

Moore has been rightfully compared to Bill Bryson, because the book is littered with anecdotes, usually quite self-deprecating, about his visits to different locations, which are filled with Bryson's style of humour mixed with complete bafflement. My favourite of these anec
Rachel Lofthouse
Out of the four Tim Moore books, I have read to date Do Not Pass Go is my least favourite. Though the content is well planned, researched and written, it lacked the humour of the other three books. I also found it a hard going in places and this is reflected in the time it took me to read. The main reason why I didn’t enjoy Do Not Pass Go as much could be because Monopoly was not a game frequently played in my childhood. Unlike Moore, who grew up in a city, I grew up in a location with beaches, ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
I’m a massive monopoly fan, more so in recent years, I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this book on my own shelves!!
It’s a little out of date now, I think it was written about 18 years ago, but an interesting book for monopoly fans or history buffs alike. All stories are told with warmth and humour.
There’s history of the game and its concept interwoven with the history of the real streets, really interesting.
However, like any good monopoly game, it’s fun, but goes on a little too long in
Anita Crotty
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
If you love London — especially its quirky geography and wandering lanes — and appreciate dry British wit, you will enjoy the premise of this book. It's deeply marred by the casual inclusion of so many transphobic/homophobic "jokes" felt like they belonged in a book 50 years older, and were frankly shocking for a book published in 2002. ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moore lives one of my childhood dreams - touring the Monopoly board.

While I've now, in adulthood, visited most of the places found on the classic British board, Moore delves much deeper into their history than I ever have, and does so with a Brysonesque charm.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It says something about me that I'd rather read a book about Monopoly than actually play the game... This is a pretty good read; a mix of history of the game, history of London and comedy. Not Bryson-quality writing, but fun nonetheless. A little dated. ...more
Edward Warner
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
No surprise: the Monopoly gameboard Americans hold dear is different in the U.K., being based instead on London neighborhoods and streets -- hence, no Boardwalk, but hello Mayfair. For Jail, you've Pentonville Prison with all British graciousness on offer.

The differences may confuse those raised on the American Monopoly board, but what a great way to experience London, as the always-funny Moore rolls the dice, lifts a card and then journeys to that street or neighborhood, offering its history a
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, now I am just going to have to read every other book he wrote. What a fantastic read! Informative, whacky and funny in equal doses. Absolutely loved it.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Both funny and informative.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
abandoned without completing. Too boring and dated. attempt at humour is commendable, but doesn't make reading any less tedious. ...more
John Upton
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Good concept but it's a bit dated. ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting history of Londonfor the 1930s onwards, it does try a little too hard to be funny at times. Enjoyable.
Philip Wright
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Been wanting to read this for ages. Bitterly disappointed! Humour far too forced, and probably now dated!
Melanie Williams
Apr 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Interesting information about London, but the humour is not my cup of tea.
russell barnes
Second time around a whole lot more satisfying than my first effort oooh, a full 5 or 6 years ago.

There's less about the author and his parsimonious nature which my youthful (ha) self found utterly outrageous, caught in the midst of a Moore love-in as I was. I also didn't like the large format paperback.

This time - and with a much more standard size tome care of Strutton Ground's Oxfam Bookshop - found the Tim's unusual absence leaves moore (ho ho) space for the sort of interesting nuggets abou
Tim Corke
One of the most original travel books I've read: following the history of the iconic Monopoly streets of London. A fascinating insight into the history of the capital by tracking the Browns, Oranges, Light Blues, Yellows, Reds, Dark Pinks, Greens, Dark Blues and not to mention the stations and the utility companies.

Yes, the research is easily accessible but the production of the final book and adventure is well thought through and very readable. I was brought up on Monopoly and whilst Moore appe
James Cridland
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Not a big Monopoly fan, but certainly a big fan of this book. Tim Moore does his research before going to a place, so he knows the kinds of things to look out for as well as the questions to ask: which makes this book really very enjoyable. I've learnt a lot of trivia from this book too - did you know that, for example, more people shop at Selfridge's every year than live in Australia? His writing is amusing and clever; his observations all the more valid for the research he does; and he comes a ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel
Sometimes I feel that many travel writers look at Bill Bryson and think that maybe if they could sell half as many as he does, they'd be damn happy with their lot. So why not try and do a similar take? Enter Tim Moore. To be fair, Moore does have some original ideas for his tours and this is a cracker, touring the London of the Monopoly Board. Why didn't I think of that?! It allows him to dig up some off-beat facts, but I couldn't help but think that I could too with a broadband connection and e ...more
Frank Jacobs
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Highly original or tediously convoluted, opinion is firmly split on this book – but one thing is for sure: Tim Moore's attempt at dissecting the British capital by exploring the streets on its Monopoly board does provide the tired trope of the London guidebook with a never-used-before angle, and because of this sheds some new light on the city, all of which could have been a bit more enjoyable if Mr. Moore had employed less of his ample talent trying to live up to that damning epithet splashed a ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
this book was loaned to me by a friend. I had never heard of Tim Moore before this. Tim is an English comedienne and author. This book is a few years old, coming out in 2002. The basic premise is that the author was going to travel around London by following his roll of die and going around the Monopoly board, the UK edition. I raised an eyebrow at the premise, but I did get into it, and thoroughly enjoyed his journey as he digs out the history of each of the streets and therefore an interesting ...more
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've always hated that boring, time-sucking game Monopoly, but I very much enjoyed this book, in which Moore explores historical and modern London via the squares on the British Monopoly board. He's very funny and a terrible punster, which, being my dad's daughter, I love. (Discussing famous songs about London: '"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', 'Waterloo Sunset,' and of course Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Ealing.'" Oh, Tim.) ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Monopoly lover, so the premise of this book really appealed to me. I loved it more than I could have imagined. Not many books make me laugh out loud, but this one did over and over again. So, a very funny book, but also a clever one because Tim Moore uses the Monopoly board as a way of travelling around London and giving a social history of the places on the famous board.
This is just tremendous. Please read it.
Kathy Hiester
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I saw this and I just had to have it. Do Not Pas Go is based on traveling around the places on the Monopoly board. I quite enjoyed it as it is a unique way to find somewhere to travel but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew London.

The book was a real innovative point of view on a typical segment of London's history. I like Moore's sense of humor. I really wonder what I can find to help me with some original traveling of my own.

4 Stars
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Tim Moore is a British travel writer and humorist. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. In addition to his seven published travelogues to date, his writings have appeared in various publications including Esquire, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer and the Evening Standard. He was also briefly a journalist for the Teletext computer games magazine Digitiser, under th ...more

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