David Parlett
Born (1939-05-18) May 18, 1939 (age 84)
London, England
OccupationGames scholar, historian
SubjectCard games, board games
Notable worksThe Oxford Dictionary of Card Games, The Penguin Book of Card Games

David Parlett (born 18 May 1939 in London)[1] is a games scholar, historian,[2] and translator from South London, who has studied both card games[3] and board games.[4][5] He is the president of the British Skat Association.


David Sidney Parlett was born in London on 18 May 1939 to Sidney Thomas Parlett and Eleanor May Parlett, née Nunan. He is one of three brothers. During the Second World War, Parlett lived in Barry, Glamorgan. Parlett was educated at Battersea Grammar School and the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. He has a BA in Modern Languages. Parlett was a technical writer with PR companies and later a freelance write for Games & Puzzles magazine. He is married to Barbara and they have a son and a daughter.[6]


His published works include many popular books on games such as Penguin Book of Card Games,[7] as well as the more academic volumes The Oxford Guide to Card Games and The Oxford History of Board Games,[8] both now out of print. Parlett has also invented many card games and board games. The most successful of these is Hare and Tortoise (1974). Its German edition was awarded Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) in 1979.

Parlett is a Quaker.[9]


Games and gaming

Other subjects

Games invented

Board games

Since 1974, David Parlett has published numerous games, including the following:[10]

Card games

Parlett has invented more than 70 original card games that can be played with a standard deck of playing cards.[11]

Solitaire games


  1. ^ David Parlett on amazon.com
  2. ^ Flanagan, Mary. In defense of solitaire, the "perfect game". Salon.com. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  3. ^ McAlpine, Fraser. 5 British Card Games You Should Learn. BBC America. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  4. ^ David Parlett, Boardgame designer page on BoardGameGeek, Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  5. ^ Koenig, Ravenna. Remove your rings and get out your card blanket. Alaska Public Media. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  6. ^ About David Parlett at amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2023.
  7. ^ Chabris, Christopher. A New Deal in Card Games. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  8. ^ Solly, Meilan. The Best Board Games of the Ancient World. Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  9. ^ The Friend, 22 and 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ Parlett, David. Game Pie for Gourmets: A survey of my published games. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  11. ^ Parlett, David. Original Card Games: New way with old cards. Retrieved 17 October 2020.