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Michael A Johnson
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1 Sep 2012
Do you remember trying to solve the Rubik’s cube whilst dressed in your He-Man picture pyjamas? Did you try to make ‘cool’ sound effects with your mouth like Jones from Police Academy? Or maybe you swooned over Scott and Charlene’s (aka Jason and Kylie’s) wedding of the year? If that sounds like you, there’s no mistaking you were a child of the eighties. Rev up your DeLorean, switch on the Flux Capacitor and take a cruise back through the decade that made you the person you are today. This amusing and entertaining collection of reminiscences will jog the memories of all who grew up in the same decade where greed was good, mullets were cool and white dog poo littered the streets.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752463373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752463377
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MICHAEL A. JOHNSON is the creator (and curator) of the UK's most popular nostalgia website www.DoYouRemember.co.uk, which allows people from all over the world to share their favourite memories of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He is also the owner and director of a successful digital media agency. He lives in Dorset with his wife and two children.

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About the Author

Michael A Johnson is the creator (and curator) of the UK's most popular nostalgia website www.DoYouRemember.co.uk, which allows people from all over the world to share their favourite memories of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He is also the owner and director of a successful digital media agency.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book Before You Go-Go 9 Sep 2012
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I know its a bit of a cliche, but reading this book I have been taken on a fantastic trip down memory lane. There are so many objects, toys, experiences, smells and tastes (Hedgehog Crisps!!) in this book I had forgotten all about. Reading this had the memories all flooding back to me and nearly every one made me chuckle or smile. The author guided me through all the experiences in a gentle and humorous style. I hope Mr Johnson writes more in this vain. I will certainly be first in the queue! Thoroughly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing read. 24 Aug 2013
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I found myself smiling a lot as I read this book. It certainly brought back many happy memories of my childhood in the eighties. I was just disappointed that the book was not longer than it actually is. I really enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 1980s childhood: From He-Man to Shell Suits 7 Dec 2012
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A fantastic journey down memory lane .Spoke about things that I had forgotten all about a complete pleasure will read again
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh! 2 Jan 2013
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This book is pretty harmless although it could have been so much better.

I think another reviewer has already pointed out that there are a number of mistakes (such as in the write up for Yazz and the Plastic Population's The Only Way Is Up which was released in 1988, not 1983 as stated) The author also mentions about a gazillion times over, until it gets a bit irritating, that his favourite film is Back To The Future and all he ever wanted was a hover board.

Ultimately this is a long trawl through all the things that a boy born in 1977 can remember about the 1980's and for me (born in 1970) it was all a bit obvious. I fully except the fact that the author has only listed his personal favourite movies, songs, TV shows etc - as it's his book and his right to do so - and as he was a child throughout the decade I can forgive the lack of "less-blockbuster-more-adult-orientated-films" among the list of the decades finest, but there is no mention at all of the likes of The Empire Strikes Back, Tim Burton's BatMan, Die Hard, Terminator, Airplane!, Trading Places, The Karate Kid, Gremlins etc etc. Indiana Jones only gets a cursory glance whilst we are treated to great write up's of Back to the Future, and even, erm, War Games.

Once you've waded through the lists of stuff, that chances are you'll remember anyway, the author does turn his attention to personal experiences rather than telling us that he used to chew Bazooka Joe's and ride a Raleigh Grifter. The page and a half that deal with the reality of taking a school coach trip with the guarantee of community sing-a-longs (He goes for The Wheels on the Bus. I remember Found a Peanut), someone puking, emergency wee stops and at least one kid climbing on the wrong bus was true to life and did indeed bring back many memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Jun 2014
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Excellent nostalgia and has brought back long forgotten memories of the 1980s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like reading my own life story 5 Jun 2014
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For people of a certain age this book will hammer home some truly great memories, for the younger generations out there just read it and be envious of just how great our childhood was compared to yours!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days! 27 May 2014
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It's amazing what I've forgotten and this book reminds me of! An easy read to pick up anytime, ideal to spark a conversation amongst those of a similar age, or those with children who were born in the 80's. Well set out, in chapters relating to toys, fashion, television, music etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 12 Mar 2014
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I managed to read this in a few days, I just couldn't put it down ! Took me right back to my childhood in the 80s. I will read it again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS book. What a great piece of nostalgia.
Published 15 days ago by Heather Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal gift
Lovely gift for my son. It certainly makes you remember your childhood. I would recommend this item.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Dva Beaumont
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's in a nutshell
If you were a kid in the 80's you will share a lot of the experiences and have similar memories.

A witty look at the 80's.
Published 1 month ago by muppet610
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brought back a lot of good memories!
Published 1 month ago by C Noble
4.0 out of 5 stars ... my children who had the 1980s childhood but I enjoyed remembering...
Its my children who had the 1980s childhood but I enjoyed remembering what we lived through
Published 1 month ago by J PHILLIPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
Brilliant book if you loved the 80's my husband and I had loads of fun reading this and reminiscing about our childhoods.
Published 4 months ago by Bouchy
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity
This book really isn't what I thought it would be or I just don't 'get' the author's sense of humour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Smile - it's the 80s
If you remember the 1980s then this will be a little trip down memory lane. There were some things in here I didn't remember until I read this and it jogged my memory. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pacem et amorem
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Loved this book as it simply allowed me to recover all the wonderful memories of being young. Highly recommend this !
Published 6 months ago by ssj2003
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