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Invented by Sir Clive Sinclair, the successor to the ZX80 and ZX81 home computers would come to define an age of video gaming, with a range of games as quirky and eccentric as the computer that inspired them.

Re-live the glory days of the Spectrum with this collection of over 100 classic games. Starting with early titles such as The Hobbit, Hungry Horace and Psion’s Flight Simulation, we trace the lineage of the Spectrum through iconic titles including Manic Miner, Harrier Attack, Elite, Jetpac, Deus Ex Machina, The Lords of Midnight, Knight Lore and Head Over Heels

Each game is represented by a selected screenshot or loading page, printed full-bleed on high-quality paper and, for the first time in a Visual Compendium, using special fluorescent inks to capture the vibrant look of ZX Spectrum palette.

Accompanying the iconic imagery is a wealth of anecdotes and reminiscences from the artists and developers that made the games, with quotes from the Stamper Brothers, Dave Perry, Bo Jangeborg, the Oliver Twins, Matthew Smith, Dawn Drake, Andrew Hewson and many more. The book also features interviews with key artists and profiles of the major games publishers, plus a look at the Russian and Eastern Bloc clone market and homebrew scene, which still produces new ZX Spectrum games to this day!

At 304 pages long, Sinclair ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium comes as a hardback edition, with a spot-varnished dust cover. So if you cut your gaming teeth on this quintessentially British computer, grab a copy of this visual compendium and take a glorious, garish, character-clashing step back in time.

Book specifications
304 Pages, 170mm x 230mm, Lithographic print, Sewn binding, Special Pantone inks, Spot varnish cover, Spot varnish dust jacket.

Full contributor list
Neil Adamson, Jas Austin, Jim Bagley, Gregg Barnett, Brian Beuken, Matt Bielby, Steve Brown, Nick Bruty, Simon Butler, Robin Candy, Tim Closs, Andy Craven, Mel Croucher, Jonathan Davies, Rick Dickinson, Tony Dillon, Mevlut Dinc, Dawn Drake, Mark Eyles, Jason Falcus, Oliver Frey, Alberto J. González, Chris Graham, Bill Harbison, Peter Harrap, John Heap, Andrew Hewson, Chris Hinsley, Robin Hogg, Teoman Irmak, Bo Jangeborg, Steve Jarratt, Chris Jenkins, Colin Jones, David Jones, Mark R. Jones, Roger Kean, James Leach, Richard Leinfellner, Adrian Ludley, Steinar Lund, Veronika Megler, Shaun G. McClure,  Ray Owen, Bob Pape, David Perry, Ste Pickford, Mike Richardson, Andy Roberts, Nick Roberts, David Rowe, Phil South, Bill Scolding, Matthew Smith, Craig Stevenson, The Oliver Twins, The Stamper Brothers, Kevin Toms, Steve Turner, Clive Townsend, Keith Warrington, Steve Wetherill, Robert White, Pete Williamson.
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Richard F.
Cyprus Cyprus
I recommend this product
Full of Speccy Nostalgia

Love the book. It triggered some great memories of gaming in my youth. I hope to see a 2nd Edition which would be much bigger and cover more of the early ZX games like PSION‘s Flight Simulator and Chequered Flag and Melbourne House’s Sherlock.

Marian D.
Slovakia Slovakia
I recommend this product
Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A visual compendium

I bought this book as a gift to my 40+ y.o. brother, who spent his early years of childhood with this computer and he was very satisfied. Somehow he didn't know about this book, so it was a great surprise for him. I believe this book is a must for every ZX Spectrum fan. Superb quality and content! Thanks

Oliver Z.
Germany Germany
I recommend this product
Preserved memories in impressive quality

Another book of the unique series. The joy begins with the receipt and unpacking of the package. The quality of the book is bribery and it is a real pleasure to read it. The book was worked on with passion. Thanks for that and the series!

Bartosz R.
Poland Poland
I recommend this product
Amazing book!

Beautifully released album, extensively illustrated and full of interesting information. Wonderful sentimental journey to the times of childhood. I recommend it!

Andrew B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
A Quality Time Capsule Of My Youth!

A quality product from the outer packaging right through to the feel of the pages and print. Wonderful content, highty recommended.