The Random Book of … David features facts, figures, stats, and trivia on legions of record breakers, record losers, actors, singers, sportsmen, historical figures, the famous and infamous, felons, inventors, rulers, heartthrobs, politicians, and scientists called David. Which David shops at an English store, dislikes high culture and politics, and sees the world as a dangerous and depressing place? Which David once said "I find it a bit sad that there is no photo of me hanging on the walls in the Berlin Museum at Checkpoint Charlie?" Which David claimed to have been born in Scotland, as it sounded more romantic, and was Ian Fleming's original choice to play James Bond? Which David opened a restaurant called Magic Underground, claimed to have discovered the Fountain of Youth in the Bahamas, and made the Statue of Liberty disappear? Which David was later revealed to be gay, along with his wife?
About the Author
Dave Blake has cowritten, produced, and directed stage shows including The Belated Happy Birthday Mr. Bowie Show, a tongue-in-cheek variety tribute to David Bowie. Jonathan Pugh first studied law, which presented him with hours of doodling practice. After a brief stint as an art teacher, he began his career as a freelance cartoonist in 1987. In January 2010 he joined the Daily Mail as their daily pocket cartoonist after nearly fifteen years at The Times. He was voted the Cartoon Art Trust Pocket Cartoonist of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2007, and was the British Press Awards Cartoonist of the Year in 2001. As well as illustrating several books, his work has also appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, Private Eye, Country Life, and the Spectator. His work also appears weekly in The Tablet.