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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (10 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082199
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Griffiths is the author of two Doctor Who-based books: 70s/80s memoir, Dalek I Loved You, and Who Goes There, in which he travels around odd parts of Britain, tracking down former show locations, including some steps, several quarries and a very large sandpit. He also wrote the comic travelogues, In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose, and its sequel, Looking for Mrs Dextrose. One day he will conclude the Dextrose trilogy.
His newest book, with oft-times collaborator, Beano/Marvel/DC cartoonist David Mostyn, is The Cartoon A-Z of Vampires. Other titles will follow in the Cartoon A-Z series.
Nick's burning ambition is to go to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, however he is a bit worried about pirates off the coast of Somalia.

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"Griffiths does have a story and he does it in a very amusing manner. Dalek I Loved You is more than just a tribute to a sci-fi icon., it is also a moving and charming memoir which brought the 1970s and 1980s flooding back to me." (Darryl Armitage NEWS LETTER (N. Ireland))

¿Even if you¿re not a real Whovian, there¿s plenty to keep you entertained as it¿s packed with warm nostalgia, amusing anecdotes, observational humour and embarrassing moments.¿ (Book of the Month) (BOYS TOYS)

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Nick Hornby was an Arsenal fan, John O'Farrell was a Labour supporter, Nick Griffiths is a Doctor Who fan . . .

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 19 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
A warm and charming book in which the author tells his life story so far, referenced to what Doctor Who stories were showing during key events. Yes I know I've made it sound anoraky, but it isn't.

Readers who love Dr Who and are of the same age will find lots to smile and chuckle at, while they are sat on the train or wherever with knowing smiles. The acid test of any book that gives an author's subjective opinion of a Dr Who story is do you want to keep reading when he disses your favourites and in my case the answer was yes.

Readers may find as they did that they compare themselves to Nick Griffiths on the fabled "Anorak Scale" e.g. he will clearly pay considerably more for a piece of Dr Who merchandise than me and it is in these key areas that spell out what kind of a fan the author is, where his humour makes it such an ejoyable read. Parts such as where he deals with friends reaction to a show they hold in much less regard and attempts to buy Dr Who videos from a paper where he makes it sound almost shady are a treat.

If you are 35 plus then you'll find plenty to enjoy especially if you've already done the big 4. Much younger and you won't get enough of the references (not just to The Police Box Show but to events at the time) to get anything out of it.

I definitely think my mate Alastair should be made to read it and I don't say that lightly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dalek I Loved You looks like it's going to plough the same well-worn material as other seventies memoirs, such as those written by Andrew Collins. Actually - this one is far superior to any of the others in this genre. It's funny, genuine, and Griffiths comes over as a really decent bloke who can't believe his good fortune to be earning a living writing about stuff he loves.

The Dr Who material is well-handled, and brought back loads of great memories for me from the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras of the programme. With a writing style that is slick and easy to read, Griffiths has put together a real page turner of a trip down memory lane that will appeal to lots of people who grew up loving classic Dr Who. Really well done - and a great feel good read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Brideson on 27 Mar 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's been a while since I've read a book cover to cover in one or two sittings, and Dalek I Love You is definitely one of those. A childhood memoir (that really shouldn't be as highly entertaining as it actually is) intertwined with Doctor Who (and various 80s pop culture) factoids, it really doesn't matter that the narrative frequently jumps around all over the place, as Griffiths' writing style makes things as smooth and effortlessly offhanded as you'd expect from a music journo. There are several laugh-out-loud moments, and it even elicited a few wistful memories, despite my being born a decade later. Oh, and you don't have to be a Doctor Who fan, but it helps!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jason Wilsher-mills on 20 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
I am just reading the book and have been overwhelmed by the fact that it accurately describes the joy of growing up, watching Dr Who in the 70's, and having it become totally part of your life, because you knew that come Saturday tea time, you would be snuggled on the sofa, next to your mum and dad; imagining what it would be like to travel in time! Like Nick I also lost touch with the series, finding it too daft in the 80's and early 90's. Of course when the series came back and I was a dad, to my two children, then I felt the call to arms again and found some new joy in watching the series. Here it was again, Saturday teatime, with the family. Excellent.

I've been incredibly touched by this book, and I am really looking forward to reading Nick's other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
A mixed bag, this book. Parts of it are a warm nostalgia trip back to 1970s childhood, parts of it are the frankly slightly bland and self-indulgent autobiography of a journalist, all with a heavy emphasis on placing Doctor Who in those contexts. Total Doctor Who obsessives (especially the ones who grew up with Pertwee and Tom Baker) will know too much of this already, people with passing or no Who interest should steer well clear, making it aimed at the medium-level Whovian.

However if that medium-level Whovian is you (and if you're reading this review then it might be) and you're looking for a real-life 'bloke lit' story of private school childhood and an adolescent hunt for that ideal sexy but Who-loving girlfriend, then you'll enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seekles on 12 Nov 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I suppose the book is an enjoyable enough read. The laughs make it worth the £1.02 I paid.

I am, however, baffled as to how this was published. The guy is not really anything more than a nostalgic fan [Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker specifically] of Doctor Who and watches the new series as part of his job.

DILY isn't much more than an updated autobiography of some Radio Times staff member with a loose Doctor Who connection. In fact, I would go as far to say that the legendary David Bowie is mentioned more than that of the show which the book is meant to be about. The anniversary edition is just the same stuff but with abrupt interruption for some side notes, much of which is just interviews that the guy has conducted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 7 Feb 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This guy did not come across as much of a fan or engaging as a person. Im not sure what this book is but it is not fun. This sort of thing can be done well, contrast it to the charm of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf for example.
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