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I’m now a published author of 2 books. In 2017, The Monkman & Seagull Quiz Book was my first book and in 2018, I published The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers (Penguin Random House).

I write as a columnist for the Financial Times Money section. I have had other various articles published in the Telegraph and Huffington Post.

As a quizzer, I have enjoyed writing about quizzing as well for national papers.


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The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers: How Maths Can Make Life Better

Random House present the audiobook edition of The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers, written and read by Bobby Seagull

Hack your life with maths! Once you know how to see them, numbers are all around us - buried in the dimensions of buildings and encoding the data on our favourite gadgets. They're a beautiful system of patterns and codes but also an essential tool that can guide our daily decisions, change our behaviour and even predict the future - if we can just learn how to use them right.

Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. They were the keys that unlocked of the randomness of football results, helped him organise his time, directed his social life and opened up the world of music. Told through stories from his life, Bobby illuminates the world of numbers and brings his infectious enthusiasm to everything from the mystery of magic numbers to the improbability of probability, the right number of friends to have and how prime numbers control everything from credit card encryption to cicada hibernation habits.

  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 52 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Release Date: October 25, 2018
  • Language:English
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The Monkman And Seagull Quiz Book

The Monkman And Seagull Quiz Book

The Monkman and Seagull Quiz Book is a modern classic: a book game that challenges everyone to join in and play. You probably know them best from the electrifying matches of University Challenge 2016-17, which saw perhaps the series most memorable contestants ever, dapper Bobby Seagull and fan-favourite Eric Monkman, go head-to-head. In this, their first quiz book, Monkman and Seagull are on the same team and their opponent is you and your friends and family.

Containing 550 questions ranging across space and time on topics historical, numerical and hysterical, this book will see the devilish wit of our brainiest boffins put to the page for the first time. With tricks and tests to taunt even the smuggest sofa-shouter, it s packed with puzzles and pop quizzes on everything from particle physics to philharmonics.

Featuring questions from BBC Radio 4 s infamous 6.48am Puzzle For Today as well as tons of entirely new rounds, it s sure to perplex even the most knowledgeable quizzers. See if you re smarter than an eleven-year-old in the primary school round, test your reactions with the Starter For 10s, or stick to traditional British stalwarts in the Newspaper Quiz and Pub Quiz sections.

  • Total Pages: 312 Pages
  • Program Type: Paperback
  • Publisher: Eyewear Publishing
  • Release Date: 25 Oct. 2017
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10: 1911335995
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I have published two books now, a quiz book with Eric Monkman, and a more maths based book myself. I’m currently planning on a children’s book (think Tracey Beaker story but about maths) and maybe even my own puzzle book.

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I enjoy writing articles for newspapers and blog. Here are some of my favourite ones.


Financial Times

After meeting FT Money editor Claer Barrett at a personal finance conference, we hit it off immediately! She asked me to write a column about my maths mission and we haven’t looked back since. I’ve enjoyed using my FT columns to share my passion for maths linked to personal finance.

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