Who knew you could have so much fun without power cords? I love this book —Catherine Deveny

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Parlour Games for Modern Families

This book is bursting with games of logic and memory, wordplay, card games, role-play, and rough and tumble. Not a single game requires equipment that you won’t find in your average home: a pack of cards, a dictionary, an hourglass, dice, paper, and pen. You can play to your heart’s content without wasting a single natural resource — except perhaps the delicious jam tart, recipe found herein.

Games are organised thematically and referenced for age-appropriateness. All are set out with clear rules and instructions. There are games that will challenge and stimulate you, and games that will have you in fits; games that can last all night, and games to fill that empty half-hour before tea; games for adults and older children, and games for your four-year-old’s birthday party.

With Parlour Games for Modern Families, a book for fun-lovers aged four to 104, the authors wind back the clock to remind you of games you’d forgotten and then a whole lot more. Remember: there is always time enough for playing. So, gather the family together; ask over some friends. Warm the milk for hot cocoa, play Squeak Piggy Squeak, and watch the good feeling spread; see it grow exponentially. Whether you dip into it as the urge takes you, or read it from cover to cover, a very good time is guaranteed.

Book of the Year for Older Children in the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards. 



In this day and age, it’s hard to prise the kids away from their electronic equipment (TV, computers, game consoles and on the list goes), not to mention you, the parent, from your chores. But this little corker of a book should help you out... Gather up the clan into one room, choose a game (Farkle, Pontoon, Flip the Kipper or Picture Consequences, perhaps) and have a bit of genuine fun, and family time.
Herald Sun
Here’s a book brimful of ideas for family fun - and there are no power cords or batteries involved! Great games and ideas to entertain on holidays - and more.
Woman's Day
Planning Christmas with the whole clan? Forestall cabin fever with Parlour Games for Modern Families by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras. A great way to occupy nephews and nannas without resorting to Bourbon or horror movies.
Sunday Telegraph