The author of this book led the first study in the UK of the relationship between gambling and debt, as well as an in-depth investigation into whether online social networking changes the attitudes of young people to gambling itself. Consequently Ms Downs is extremely well-qualified to write this well-researched and thoughtful book.
It is a fascinating and revealing read, exploring the relationship between women, bingo and gambling and would appeal to anyone who has an enthusiasm for 20th Century history, sociology or women’s studies. It is an academic analysis of what is often thought of as a trivial leisure pursuit, but the text is well-researched, clearly written and very accessible for any reader with an interest in the topic.
The book looks at the beginnings of bingo and goes on to investigate the links between its heyday in the 1960s and how it lured many women into gambling. It also investigates the nature of bingo as a ‘game of chance’ and the psychological reasoning behind players’ enjoyment. The book examines the impact of bingo on British culture, the links between bingo and crime, and the widespread use of bingo-related language that has entered our vocabulary.
This is a well-researched and impressively readable book on this sometimes mocked hobby, and is an excellent analysis of the little-explored topic of women and their relationship with gambling.