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With the British computer game scene about to explode, a small shop appeared on Sheffield’s Carver Street called Just Micro. It 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 572 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.

gremlin in the works

Officially endorsed by founder Ian Stewart, A Gremlin In The Works by Mark Hardisty features interviews and anecdotes from all of its 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.

a gremlin in the works

The finished book is 572 pages long which is spilt into two volumes. Both volumes are housed within a heavy board full-colour slipcase. Each volume is  lovingly printed to the highest standards using CMYK and Pantone inks.

Book specifications
2 books (572 pages combined), 250mm x 200mm, lithographic print, pantone inks, hardback, thread sewn binding, 3mm board slipcase.

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

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

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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.

Børge N.
A Gremlin in the Works

Excellent. Easy layout, solid binding and boxes, and the writing was flowing and clear. The content was nearly overwhelming in detail and amount, but I wouldn't remove an iota.