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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, 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.

Games featured include:

Wanted: Monty Mole, Bombscare, Blagger, Suicide Express, Black Thunder, Potty Pigeon,  Xargon Wars, Thing On A Spring, Beaver Bob In Dam Trouble, Rocco, Tinderbox, Bounder, Monty On The Run, Auf Wiedersehen Monty, Valkyr, Jack The Nipper, The Way Of The Tiger, Gauntlet, Chubby Gristle, Soccer Kid, Masters Of The Universe, Skate Crazy, Trailblazer, Deflektor, H.A.T.E.: Hostile All-Terrain Encounter, Switchblade, Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge, HeroQuest, Harlequin, Premier Manager, Space Crusade, Top Gear, Zool, Litil Divil, Actua, Loaded, Re-Loaded, Hogs of War, and many more…

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

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Xander G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Another Amazing book from Bitmap Books

An awesome book and a great history of Gremlin Graphics. Fantastically packaged to ensure the book arrived in perfect condition.

Ruud v.
Netherlands Netherlands
I recommend this product
A great trip down memory lane

What a beautiful book, not only beautifully executed ( to be honest, like all books from Bitmap Books) but also packed with lots and lots information about Gremlin Graphics. Highly recommended!

Steve B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Fantastic quality

As ever, Bitmap Books provide an amazing quality book in amazing packaging, shipped in fantastic packaging to ensure you book arrives in perfect condition. The book itself is a great history of Gremlin Graphics, and I bought it to keep as a reference for the future and add to my reading pile in the short term!

New Zealand New Zealand
Another stunning book!

This is another brilliant (double) book from Bitmap Books, and anyone interested in retrogaming will love it. There's so many great interviews and really neat images of random stuff like royalty letters and employment offers - stuff you simply will not find anywhere else. The research is top-notch and it makes the typical interviews and articles about Gremlin games churned out in Retro Gamer magazine look second rate in comparison! You can tell the author is extremely passionate about all things Gremlin. I really like the idea of the 'expansion' PDF containing the spillover stuff too - a neat touch. And as usual, the packaging and shipping was simply superb. Bitmap Books have done it again - simply brilliant!

Jim T.
As with all the bitmap books i've got, this is great

A fascinating history of one of the most important UK software houses, from early days to (nearly) the present day. Loads of interviews, screen shots, concept art work, reviews, history....great stuff.