For Richer, For Poorer : Confessions of a Player Paperback
Miserable at an elegant day school for girls, Victoria Coren finds an escape in the mysterious world of poker.
Twenty years later, she has won a million dollars and forgotten to have children.
What price adventure? This is a true story of happiness and heartbreak, smoke and mirrors, bright lights and shady characters.
It is a memoir of friendship and belonging, love and loss.
It might also teach you how to win a million ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/03/2011
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781847672933
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Review by Yarrow
I didn't understand a lot of the poker sections but I did really enjoy the book and it kept me up late at night, desperate to read just one more chapter. I really liked the author's voice, and the sense of family she got from her motley crew of associated poker players. It also made me a bit curious about playing poker, which I've never really done before.
Review by nocto
I've liked Victoria Coren ever since she wrote a column in the Telegraph when she was a teenager (and so was I). All the same I wasn't really expecting to enjoy a book about poker as much as I did. But it's a very entertaining read.
Review by missizicks
I like Victoria Coren when I see her on the telly. I follow her on twitter because she's witty and clever but still seems down to earth. So, even though I know nothing about poker, I thought I'd give her poker autobiography a go. It's a mixture of "how I fell in love with poker and the things that were going on in my life" and "how I became the first woman to win the European Poker Tour", with the autobiographical stuff making up the bulk of each chapter and then an analysis of that tournament winning series of games at the end. I had to read a glossary of poker terms to have the vaguest clue about what was going on in the game. I think I got my head around it 3/4s of the way in! Coren writes well, of course. She is honest about poker, affectionate about the poker family she has made, and very entertaining with her turns of phrase. The only card games I've ever played are Whist, Rummy and Pontoon, so maybe I wasn't at quite the disadvantage I thought I was, but I know that I would be useless at poker. All that analysing other people, working out the odds and deciding how much money to risk would tire me out. But then, I am extremely risk averse. Still, I enjoyed the book, even if it didn't turn me into a gambler.