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Nostalgic memories of a life less ordinary
on 29 January 2014
Found this book at my local library, in excellent condition too - always a bonus. Being familar with the online site, having followed it particularly through its Pertwee/Baker years ( the best years of course! ), I looked forward to the read. The book brought back good memories of growing up in the 70's, 80's and the not so good memories of just what it was like to be a fan of something which..well wasnt really that good and certainly wasn't cool. It did indeed feel like the WHO word couldnt be mentioned in my school!
I too lived in Coventry ( in my case, sadly - and couldn't wait to leave! ) , I too remember Cov' market and the outside small carousel ( although not the dalek ). I remember being introduced to the Dr in the final season of Pertwee ( and blaming the spiders episodes on my lifelong fear of them! ), hating the new Dr and within 10minutes loving every mad breath he, Sarah Jayne and Harry took , I had the Baker pants and revolving tardis. Being a WHO fan doesnt really ever leave you although I do recall losing my 'obsession' around '78 which is probably for the best.
I don't recall this book mentioning Cov's 'Barnaby' toyshop ( close to the revolting..I mean revovling..well circular resturant /sandwich emporium..probably either a coffee shop or closed it's doors completely by now! ), but this book had that nostalgic Peter Kay type effect on me, remembering my yoof! I would of thought Blackpools Tardis exhibition would of gotten a mention ( appologies if you did and I missed it ), certainly a highlight for me for many years running.
So the book succeeds in forming fond memories, like the online site it is filled with enjoyable banter, wonderous and informative comment/facts/figures all very enlightening. It's a nice idea. I did find myself glazing over re the 6 things Neil hates, loves etc, not really intrested in the chap himself but dotted inbetween all that are stories of conventions and a few WHO escapades which I found of more interest.
They say theres a book in us all and certainly with the age of the internet and ebooks it's never been easier. I would argue that this book is a classic example of a chap writing about something he loves. Less of an 'adventure' ( a trek up Kilimanjaro and a couple of parachute jumps aside ) it's more of a journey through the eyes of what it's like being a fan of WHO. If you like your WHO you will enjoy the read I'm sure. Could say I've read it twice, one of those types of books you can dip into - which i did at first and then read it proper.