The 80’s Annual by Sarah Lewis book review


The 80’s Annual written by Sarah Lewis, publisher New Haven Publishing Ltd is available NOW in hardcover format.

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A full-colour retrospective of the year, with more than a nod to the teenage magazines of the era, The 80’s Annual embodies the excitement felt by the generation who grew up receiving an annual at Christmas. Featuring celebrity commentary on 80’s popular culture, 20 Question interviews, Top Tens, with contributions from Bruce Foxton, The Selecter, Johnny Hates Jazz, Musical Youth, Londonbeat, Then Jerico, Phil Fearon, Brother Beyond, Modern Romance, John Parr, Paul Hardcastle, Hazell Dean, Steve Blacknell, Garry Bushell, Matthew Rudd and more. Not forgetting the obligatory cheesy photo story, 80’s fiction, crosswords, puzzles, and quizzes including Lyrically Challenged, Pop Quiz and Which 80’s Group Are You? The 80’s Annual offers the perfect combination of nostalgia and new. A great read for every adult 80’s child. Going back to the 80s has never been so much fun!


This was such a wonderful trip down ‘memory lane’!  I was a teen in the 80’s and my first concert was to see Paul Young, I remember standing in the queue outside the City Hall hearing Paul rehearse and couldn’t believe I was actually there. It was such a memorable moment for me.  The 80’s was a great time for pop and fashion culture.  Remember rara skirts?!

Sarah Lewis has captured this era perfectly.  I loved the ‘Year That Was’ sections detailing key events in the year; it jogged my memory a few times and brought a smile to my face when I read something that I clearly recalled.  I also loved the 80’s themed short story written by Jo Bartlett.  Magazines of the era were full of pop and personality quizzes and Sarah has not forgotten these in her annual.

This annual would make a perfect gift for an 80’s fan and would be a great coffee table book you can keep dipping in and out of.  Would also make a great talking point with friends sharing the trip down ‘memory lane’.  A fun, factual, full colour annual for those not wanting to leave their teen dreams behind.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

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