Life meant me to end up at the British National Scrabble Championships. Despite all efforts made to determine my own path, it guided me to them. They were held in the foyer of the millenium stadium in Cardiff and I spent a fascinating weekend talking to Britain’s best Scrabble players.
In my day job I work for Collins dictionaries, who happen to publish the official Scrabble dictionary. I got that job through a chance encounter on a train, and it just so happened that within weeks of starting at the company they needed a very junior person with not much to do – me – to edit a book about Scrabble. It was written by Mark Nyman, Britain’s only ever World Scrabble Champion and an incredible man. So it was through luck that I was exposed to the world of competitive Scrabble in a big way. It’s a fascinating world, the central fascination being just how incredibly good at Scrabble these players are.
If you’re at all interested in finding out more about Scrabble then you should buy the two books I’ve edited (Collins Little Book of Scrabble Secrets by Mark Nyman and 101 Ways to Win at Scrabble by Barry Grossman) and read Word Freaks by Steven Fatsis (to be honest, you should read that one first).