Do you remember when the Hacky Sack was all the rage? When it was absolutely de rigueur to have a Teasmaid in the bedroom? When, all of a sudden, we were eating Space Dust? And wearing Deely Boppers? Or saving up for a perm? The Bumper Book of Fads Crazes takes you right back to the forgotten toys and gadgets we longed for and the trends we slavishly followed. What was it about them that captured our imaginations for the briefest, but most intense, of times? As we recall the taste of Sodastream cola and remember fondly our pet rocks, Richard Lewis, in joyful and comedic prose, gives us the stories behind the world's most popular fads and crazes - and our obsession with them.
Richard Lewis was born in 1971 and once owned a My Little Pony called Bow Tie. He was educated at the University of Warwick and was a business journalist at the Bookseller magazine for some years before giving it up to dress as a horse in public for his book about English folklore traditions The Magic Spring (Atlantic Books, April 2005). He has previously published the bestselling Encyclopedia of Cult Children's TV (Allison & Busby, 2001). The sight of an Airfix kit brings him out in a rash.