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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: 16.5 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,495 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BrightJP on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bluearmy on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Peterkin on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar 2014
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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.
Full of fun, interesting little bits of 80s trivia, this will help you remember those distant childhood 80s days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adele Mitchell on 11 Feb 2014
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Although I was born in the early 70s, I very much consider myself a child of the 80s and thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing along with this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By malcolm j journet on 2 Feb 2014
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well written vastly funny at tmes and also made cring at some discripitions of clothing. by time 80s came out i must have been mutton dressed as lamb!! rember first shellsuit purchessed in up market shop in da jerba, purple and black my mates green and whit,god thought looked great,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Gosling on 9 Jan 2014
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I bought two copies of this book for my children, both born in the 80s, as a stocking filler. Both spent most of Christmas Day laughing and swapping anecdotes prompted by the detail in the books.

Thoroughly recommended by anyone who was born in the 1980s or have siblings born in the era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Saint on 15 May 2013
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What a fantastic book this is.... from the moment I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I found myself chuckling from chapter to chapter as I was transported back to my childhood. There are many 80's books that look back on politics and the state of the economy, etc and if that's what you are looking for then this book isn't for you... but if you want a time machine to help you remember the toys you played with, the songs you listened to, the TV shows you watched or the clothes you wore, then this is what you need!
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