I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan chronicles a slice of adolescent life from late 1979 to late 1986 and recalls the experience of being a pop music fan in the early eighties, evoking the feelings of a very different time before the internet, mobile phones or multi-channel TV put media at our fingertips.
It’s available on Kindle for just 80p, but of course you don’t have to have a Kindle to read it - Kindle apps are available for iPhones, iPads as well as many other devices and both desktop PCs and Macs.
If you’re unsure you can download the first chapter free or have a look through these customer reviews:
Amazon Prime members can borrow it free of charge.
For those that prefer physical books, the paperback is available for £5.00 + P&P from Lulu:
or £9.99 (free P&P) from Amazon:
Please note that the paperback edition contains more photographs than the ebook.
“You’ll enjoy this even if you never enjoyed Toyah because this should touch nerves and set off sparks in your own memory about who it is that had this effect for you… This is a brilliant, and constantly enjoyable book … To have that era brought to life, with details from within a group of the most dedicated followers is more than merely interesting and is precisely what the subject actually requires.”
Mick Mercer, November 2011
"… a very unusual musical memoire. Even though it has a lot to say about Toyah herself, mainly in the early 80s, it is not a rock star ‘biography’ … It is about a teenager growing up in the 80s … For 80s enthusiasts, the book has the added appeal of recalling so many of the defining elements of that decade in the UK."
Huw Collingbourne, 80s Empire, January 2012
"… boasts an endearing openness and captures the naive awe of youth … an absorbing picture of the period. His obvious love of his subject matter makes it almost impossible to read his gathered thoughts without raising a smile."
Liam Rudden, Edinburgh Evening News, 9 February 2012