World Book Day for online bingo fans

March 04, 2010, 5:24 PM

Hands up, who knew it was World Book Day?

Online bingo fans may not have realised it, but today is actually World Book Day in the UK.

Unesco has singled out Thursday, March 4th 2010 as the day for Britons to celebrate all things literary.

To mark the occasion, a survey has been commissioned to find out what best-selling book from the past decade would make the ideal gift for young people.

The Harry Potter series surprised nobody by hitting the top spot, followed by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and New Scientist's Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions.

However, online bingo fans can be forgiven for feeling a bit left out in all this.

While it may be true that the nation's favourite numbers game is rarely centre stage when the Man Bookers are announced, it has spawned a few good page-turners down the years.

What are the best bingo books?

First on every shopping list for bingo books should be The Basics of Winning Bingo by Avery Cardoza.

This admirably concise publication covers everything you need to know including how to play, bingo lingo, winning odds and the rest - albeit with a bias towards the American version.

For a more detailed primer, you can't do better than A Social, Economic and Cultural History of Bingo (1906-2005): The Role of Gambling in the Lives of Working Women by Carolyn Downs.

Clocking in at a hefty 356 pages, it's an exhaustive study of the game's roots from an academic point of view.

Finally, Bingo Night at the Fire Hall: The Case for Cows, Orchards, Bake Sales and Fairs is a thoughtful book that looks at how today's world is changing and, crucially, whether or not that's a good thing.

Three brilliant bingo books that will reignite your love of reading.

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