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Many years ago in my early teens I bought a book from my local bookshop. It was a proper book about videogames written by someone called Martin Amis, who I'd never heard of, and introduced by Steven Spielberg. It's part history, part reviews, part hints and tips and totally of it's time. The author wrote in a more grown up way than I was used to at the time and wrote with a passion and love for the games that enchanted the young me. He writes more about his favourite games with pages devoted to Defender while others get not much more than a paragraph. I loved this book and reread it many times. Years later I read an article in Edge magazine about Retrogaming books and there it was described as the Holy Grail of Retro book collecting. I rushed off to look for my copy but it was nowhere to be found. I'd left home by this point and moved house twice, I didn't appear to have it. I assumed it would be at my parents but couldn't find it there despite searching my old room, attic etc. I hoped it might turn up but it didn't. A couple of nights ago I was chuntering on to my partner and started rambling on about this old book that I'd lost and how it was probably now very valuable etc, etc, etc.....grumble, grumble.... She's very tolerant. I googled the book expecting to see it listed on eBay for stupid money, at which point I might have thrown myself to the ground for a quiet weep, and then it popped up. New copies were available for less than £12, they'd only gone and reprinted it in 2018 and this was after Martin Amis had previously said he would not allow a reprint of this book ever again. Why wasn't I informed? Anyway, it arrived today and although it's a new printing and a brand new book it feels like I've got part of my childhood back. Now to settle down and read it.
i can't find the thread, but a while back I backed a kickstarter for a new N64 anthology. I paid £130 on the understanding that they would send me two copies. one vanilla, and one with the other volume of game covers. I only got the special edition. I'm still bitter. But not so bitter that i won't tell you the book is on amazon for £25 at the moment. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-Anthology-Classic-Math-Manent/dp/1605849405/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502288467&sr=1-1&keywords=n64+anthology
from the author of the ocean, us gold, and spectrum trilogy Chris Wilkins (boyo?) has started a facebook group, with the intent of garnering interest in a book about the Atari ST. Just thought I'd mention it... because i cant link to it...
I have finally released my long awaited (you all were awaiting weren't you?) book. Called.... The Curse Tablet! It costs, no more than 2 of your pounds and is a Horror/Thriller based in a small town in Somerset. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Curse-Tablet-ebook/dp/B00BFHWWTY Do feedback, I'd be more than happy to hear people's opinions.