The Pointless Book

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The Pointless Book
The Pointless Book.jpg
AuthorAlfie Deyes
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectActivity book
PublisherBlink Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint

The Pointless Book is a 2014 activity book by British vlogger, YouTuber and presenter Alfie Deyes.


Deyes runs a number of popular YouTube channels. The book contains 'pointless tasks' such as baking a cake of mud or creating a time capsule and contains interactive features.[1]


The book sold 30,000 copies in its first two weeks,[2] and was top of The Times of London Bestseller list[3] and a bestseller overall for 2014.[4] The book was praised for its range of activities by fellow YouTubers, however similarities with Wreck This Journal were noted[5] and was reviewed in The Guardian.[6]

A signing at a bookstore in Piccadilly Circus in London was attended by 8,000 'screaming fans' and resulted in road closures and police helicopters being used,[7] forcing Deyes to reschedule another event at ExCeL London[8] while more than 1000 attended a signing in Birmingham.[9]


  1. ^ Cliff, Martha (2014-09-18). "Youtube PointlessBlog's Alfie Deyes, 20, has gone retro by releasing a spin off BOOK | Daily Mail Online". Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  2. ^ "Alfie Deyes: Prince Pointless hits the spot for YouTube kids". The Sunday Times. 2014-09-21. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  3. ^ Tony Mulliken. "Alfie Deyes' The Pointless Book sails into the Sunday Times Bestsellers list at No.1 - Midas PR Agency London". Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  4. ^ Sian Cain. "Bestselling books of 2014: did the booksellers get it right? | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  5. ^ "TenEighty Book Club: The Pointless Book ‹ TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  6. ^ "Alfie Deyes, the 21-year-old king of YouTube: 'He's normal, not like celebrities' | Life and style". The Guardian. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  7. ^ Rockett, Karen (2014-09-20). "YouTube blogger Alfie Deyes mobbed by 8,000 screaming fans at book signing - Mirror Online". Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  8. ^ "Alfie Deyes event rescheduled for ExCeL". The Bookseller. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  9. ^ Stacey, Alison (2014-11-14). "'Pointless' Alfie Deyes' Birmingham book signing causes crazy scenes in city centre". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2015-06-18.