A Gremlin in the Works

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With the British computer game scene about to explode, a small shop appeared on Sheffield’s Carver Street. It was called Just Micro, and was founded by the partnership of Ian Stewart and Kevin Norburn, both with retail backgrounds but a desire to get into the business of games publishing. Fortunately, the shop attracted local talent such as Pete Harrap, Shaun Hollingworth and Tony Crowther, and so, in 1984, Gremlin Graphics was formed.

This lavish, 560-page book plots the course of the company, from initial successes with Monty Mole, Jack the Nipper and Thing on A Spring, to its ground-breaking Lotus-branded racing games, and eventual purchase by Infogrames in 1999.

Officially endorsed by founder Ian Stewart, A Gremlin In The Works by Mark Hardisty features interviews and anecdotes from all of Gremlin’s key members, including Chris Kerry, Ben Daglish and Greg Holmes, along with stalwarts of the UK gaming scene: Rod Cousens, Tim Chaney, Jeremy Heath-Smith, Geoff Brown and Infogrames founder Bruno Bonnell, among many others.

Filled with game imagery, memorabilia and archive material such as old letters, business cards, staff photos and game design documents, this is an exhaustive and comprehensive chronicle of one of Britain’s best-loved developers, and a fascinating exploration of the meteoric rise of the gaming scene in the ’80s and ’90s.

This second edition of A Gremlin In The Works differs from the original 2015 release. In direct response to customer feedback, the book is now combined into one hardback edition, opposed to two separate books, and the slipcase is not included. The content has received some minor updates.

Each copy of A Gremlin In The Works now comes with a free PDF, plus a PDF of extra DLC content that didn’t make the printed book. If you previously purchased A Gremlin In The Works direct from Bitmap Books, you will be emailed this second edition PDF free of charge.

Book specifications
560 pages. 250mm × 210mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Pantone inks. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go, plus extra content as a PDF (DLC format).

Includes contributions from:
George Allan, Lizi Attwood, Ashley Bennett, Sarah Bennett, Violet Berlin, Neil Biggin, Paul Blythe, Bruno Bonnell, Chris Box, Geoff Brown, Richard Bridgwater, Adrian Carless, Carl Cavers, Steve Camber, Tony Casson, Joe Chetcuti, Tim Chaney, Matthew Clark, Anthony Clarke, Richard Costello, Rod Cousens CBE, Antony Crowther, Ben Daglish, Mike Dailly, Colin “Fungus T. Bogeyman” Dooley, Philip Durbidge, Andrew Findlay, Andrew Fox, Peter Frith, Will Frost, Matthew Furniss, Malcolm Gillott, Stuart Gregg, Ian Harling, Jacob Habgood, Simon Hallam, Steve Hammond, Peter Harrap, Jeremy Heath-Smith, Tim Heaton, Damian Hibbard, Paul Hiley, Shaun Hollingworth, Greg Holmes, Peter Andrew Jones, George Karboulonis, Tony Kavanagh, Roger Kean, Chris Kerry, David Kirk, Wayne Laybourn, Barry Leitch, Steve Lycett, Ricki Martin, Sean Millard, Andrew Morris, Kevin Norburn, James North-Hearn, Christopher Payne, Gary Penn, Jason Perkins, Pat Phelan, Simon Phipps, Phil Plunkett, Jenny Richards, Ian Richardson, Mark Rogers, David Rowe, Christian Shrigley, Shaun Southern, Les Spink, Chris Stamp, Richard Stevenson, Ian Stewart, Patrick Strassen, Patrick Titley, Andy Turner, Tony Wills, Glyn Williams, Phil Wright, Mario van Zeist and Antal Zolnai.

For even more information about Gremlin, check out the Gremlin Archive: http://www.gremlinarchive.com

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Richard C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

There's a Spring to this Thing!

I've got the original edition of this book with the two separate volumes, and while I love it to bits, I can see why they've combined everything into one book. That said, it's the content that you want to know about, and I'm happy to report that it's the usual top-notch, informative, entertaining content that is typical of any Bitmap book, and the reason why I've spent so much money on their books over the last few years! I was around when Gremlin were born and thought I knew a fair bit about them, but this is yet another exhaustive book full of facts, figures and fun. I've yet to buy a Bitmap book that I wouldn't hesitate to give the full five stars too, and can't recommend this enough!

Michael L.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Interesting Book

Can't wait to read this book with the PDF file although the physical book is still on the way. For me, the attractions from this books are the high quality pictures that bring a nice visual impact to me.

Bartosz R.
Poland Poland
I recommend this product

Highly recommended

Instant shipping and beautifully packaged. The book itself wonderfully published, lots of interesting content.

Nathan C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Absolutely lovely, a wonderful **** history of a giant in UK software publishing

Didn't know what to expect with this book, having only ordered the super slick and glossy Visual Compendia before; despite the differences in format and style, I was very happy with what I received however. Firstly, can I take a second to praise the shipping and handling? Lovely bespoke 8-bit themed cardboard packaging, the book within shrink-wrapped and securely padded with foam bumpers. I wish all my book purchases came this way. Bitmap Books know you're going to be not only holding onto this for a while, but also know you're going to be proudly displaying it on a coffee table or somewhere in a well-curated gaming collection, so they take great pains for you to get your hands on it in as pristine a condition as possible, and it is so appreciated. The book itself differs wildly from the Visual Compendium series - reminiscent of your dad's old Reader's Digest DIY books of yesteryear, this is a hefty doorstop of a book and much broader than it is tall. Also the book initially lacks the visual pop of the Compendia, being more simple in its appearance - the cover doesn't have a bright glossy jacket, rather a plain green hardcover with a Gremlin logo and the paper stock feels of a more regular weight compared to those books, so the pictures within are a little more muted or at least matt in their appearance. That's not to say the book is bereft of visual charm however; it is chock-full of photos, box art, game screenshots, and the larger page size is definitely welcome here as it makes the art so much easier to enjoy. The book is essentially a chronological **** history of Gremlin, presented in interview format with all the main players - Ian Stewart, Peter Harrap, Shaun Southern, Rod Cousens - and dozens more besides. I was only a lad when I was playing these games on my Spectrum and Amiga, and it was fantastic to find out what was happening behind the scenes at the time. I admittedly have a bias towards Gremlin - back in the day I wrote to them asking for any spare posters and the lovely person in the mailroom loaded me up with a jiffybag full of them - I couldn't stop beaming from ear to ear as I read it, but I think anyone old enough to have enjoyed these games the first time around will love this book especially if you're the sort of person who bought From Bedrooms to Billions or listens to the Retro Hour podcast and enjoys getting into the granular history of the UK software scene back then. Highly recommended.

Vladimir M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Extremely interesting and insightful read

So much details about 8 bit scene of 80s. Fast delivery, nice print