Author(s): Sarah Baker
This is a book for these troubled financial times: why go out when you can stay in and entertain the whole family via the old fashioned diversions of parlour games and songs, charades, word play, riddles and enigmas and card tricks so popular in Victorian times. Here are instructions for games and entertainments such as 'Hunt the slipper', 'I love my love', 'My Uncle', 'Statues', 'Throwing Smiles' and many more. General history and context, extracts from old fashioned manuals and quotes from literary references to parlour games make this a multilayered, useful and appropriately entertaining book. There's a scattering of illustration, such as contemporary images from out-of-copyright parlour games books, as well as templates for games paraphernalia where necessary. Leave the iPad behind and entertain friends and family with some old-fashioned fun. It is full of tricks, hoaxes, charades and riddles. It makes an ideal present. It is the perfect book for holidays, with games for all occasions and all ages.
A Sydney-based writer and editor, Sarah Baker grew up playing parlour games such as 'Oranges and Lemons' and 'Musical Chairs' at children's birthday parties, where the prize was typically a toy ring or a hair clip. Since then she has graduated to playing chaotic and hilarious games of charades with her extended family.