New book release: Speccy Nation by Dan Whitehead

We were excited to hear news of a new book released by former Amiga Computing writer Dan Whitehead about the golden era of British game design and the part the ZX Spectrum had to play in it. As we know, Sinclair’s little machine did more than most to inspire an entire generation of ‘bedroom coders’. This is their story. Available now in paperback form at a price of £3.99 this sounds like a must-read for all fans of the rubber-keyed wonder.

A full review of the book will follow shortly.



[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]


The first retro book dedicated to the ZX Spectrum and the golden age of British game design

Thirty years ago, a little computer with rubber keys, a handful of colours and a squawking soundbox changed the world. The ZX Spectrum inspired a generation of British enthusiasts not only to play games but to create them.

Free from the pressure of today’s global markets and blockbuster budgets, eager young coders gathered in bedrooms and offices above shops to see just what these new-fangled “computer games” could do.

The result was a flood of games with a unique British flavour that has never been equalled. The British games industry would go on to create such hits as Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto and the Lego series, our innovation and imagination the envy of the world, our programmers the most sought after talent in the fastest growing entertainment medium in history.

And it all started here. Welcome to the Speccy Nation.

Join veteran games journalist and author Dan Whitehead on a journey through fifty classic games that helped define the golden age of British gaming, from timeless classics to unlikely cult favourites, and even the games so bizarre and eccentric they could only have flourished on the ZX Spectrum in the 1980s.

Part nostalgic look at the past, and part critical eye on the present and future, Speccy Nation is essential reading for all retro gaming enthusiasts.

For the authentic retro experience, Speccy Nation includes a foreword by Your Sinclair’s Phil “Snouty” South.


Availability: Speccy Nation is available now in paperback from Amazon and as an e-book for Kindle, published by The Zebra Partnership.

Price: RRP £3.99 (print) or £1 (digital).

ISBN: 9781479193929


Dan Whitehead has been writing about games professionally since 1991, when he first started out as a staff writer for Amiga Computing. Since then he has written for dozens of publications, including PlayStation Pro and the Official Xbox Magazine, worked as a specialist writer for Guinness World Records and sits on several gaming juries for BAFTA. In 2004 he edited the Retro Gamer Your Sinclair supplement. He currently writes for Eurogamer and Big Issue In The North, and runs Word Play, a scriptwriting consultancy for games developers.

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Author: Ant Harper

Father, Husband, website developer, avid gamer since the mid-70s and collector of just about anything video game related. 8-Bit microcomputer and Sinclair specialist with a huge Sinclair related collection of his own. Blogs about retro gaming here but occasionally elsewhere when people ask. Bored of Mario and never much liked Zelda. Performs quirkafleegs for cold hard cash. Often found destroying ice crowns in the Lands of Midnight. Remembers: Lunar Lander. Plays: Steel Battalion, Gears of War

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