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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753552803
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers




University Challenge quiz genius Bobby Seagull provides a fascinating, personal guide to how numbers can make life better.


If you found maths lessons at school irrelevant and boring, that’s because you didn’t have a teacher like Bobby Seagull.

***As seen on BBC 2's Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain***

Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. They were the keys that unlocked the randomness of football results, the beauty of art and the best way to get things done.

In his absorbing book, Bobby tells the story of his life through numbers and shows the incredible ways maths can make sense of the world around us. From magic shows to rap lyrics, from hobbies to outer space, from fitness to food – Bobby’s infectious enthusiasm for numbers will change how you think about almost everything.

Told through fascinating stories and insights from Bobby’s life, and with head-scratching puzzles in every chapter, you’ll never look at numbers the same way again.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753552803
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Bobby Seagull

BOBBY SEAGULL became a cult star as a contestant on University Challenge in 2017. He is now an obsessive quiz enthusiast, TV presenter, secondary school maths teacher, a doctoral student researching maths anxiety at Cambridge University and also a long-suffering West Ham fan.


Praise for The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

“Truly mind-blowing. Seagull writes entertainingly about how maths informs almost all of daily life … A thoroughly likeable little book’”

Daily Mail

“Bobby is probably the best-known maths teacher in the UK”

Alex Bellos, Guardian


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