Nostalgia Nerd’s Gadgets, Gizmos & Gimmicks

Called ‘Nostalgia Nerd’s Gadgets, Gizmos & Gimmicks: A Potted History of Personal Tech‘ it’s written in a very non-solemn way by Peter Leigh. And as its title suggests, its an irreverent look at personal technology through the ages. Both the highs and the lows…

For example, you can see a sample of the layout (right), with its content ranging across a Sinclair watch, the Apple Macintosh and the Nintendo Game Boy.

The publishers, Ilex Press, write:

“In this eagerly-awaited new book from the author of the best-selling Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech, Peter Leigh takes a fun, informative and irreverent look at the history of personal tech, charting the successes, failures and oddities from over five decades of our obsession with gadgetry.”

“From the Teasmade to the TomTom, mankind has been on a constant hunt for gimmicks that make life easier, faster and more entertaining, and as yesterday’s ‘must-haves’ become today’s museum pieces, there’s no better time to take a nostalgic trip through tech’s back catalogue.”

As mentioned, you can’t buy it yet, but it’s due to be published 13 October 2022.


The author Peter Leigh declares himself to have been an aficionado of retro technology his entire life, before it was even retro….

You may know him from his ‘Nostalgia Nerd’ YouTube channel or his previous book, ‘Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech‘, a fun look through the history of forty particular devices or pieces of technology.

Gadgets, Gizmos & Gimmicks details

Title: Nostalgia Nerd’s Gadgets, Gizmos & Gimmicks: A Potted History of Personal Tech
Author: Peter Leigh
Publisher: Ilex Press (13 October 2022)
Format: Hardcover/e-book
Pages: 224
Price: £14.95
ISBN-13: 978-1781578582

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