Nostalgic Acorn Books

A number of books have been published that look back on the Acorn 8 and 32 bit era from a nostalgic viewpoint. Here are the ones that I’ve come across.

The Computers that Made Britain
Author: Tim Danton
Publisher: Raspberry Pi Press
Published: May 2021

Chapters on a series of 8bit, 16bit an 32bit machines that were popular in the UK in the 80s and 90s. Most significantly, has chapters on the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Archimedes. Available as printed book, but also as a free PDF.

Link: Raspberry Pi

Acorn – A World in Pixels
Publisher: Idesine
Published: 2020

This is a 476-page full colour book devoted to pretty much every Electron and BBC Micro game every published. Includes interviews with many programmers, publishers and other notable faces from the 80s.

Link: Idesine

The Nostalgia Nerd’s guide to Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles & Games
Author: Peter Leigh
Publisher: Ilex Press
Published: November 2018

Colourful book packed with computers and consoles of the 80s and 90s. Includes pages on the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Archimedes.

Link: Amazon

Electronic Dreams: How 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer
Author: Tom Lean
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma
Published: February 2016

In this book, Tom Lean tells the story of how computers invaded British homes for the first time. Includes plenty of references to BBC Micros, Elite etc.

Link: Amazon

Now the Chips Are Down: The BBC Micro
Author: Alison Gazzard
Publisher: The MIT Press
Published: February 2016

Link: The MIT Press

Britsoft: An Oral History
Author: Alex Wiltshire
Publisher: Read-Only Memory
Published: October 2015

Consists mostly of transcripts with some of the key games developers of the 70s, 80s and 90s, with some colour and B&W photos. Features plenty of discussion about the BBC Micro from the likes of David Braben and Geoff Crammond.

Link: Read-Only Memory

The Story of US Gold: A very American British software house
Authors: Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Kean
Publisher: Fusio Retro Books
Published: July 2015

The story of the US Gold software house who published for many platforms including the BBC Micro.

Link: Fusion Retro Books

Ocean: This History
Authors: Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Kean
Publisher: Fusion Retro Books
Published: December 2013

The story of Ocean Software, who published for most platforms in the 80s, including Acorn. The book is relatively light on Acorn references, but will still trigger memories!

Link: Fusion Retro Books

Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer
Author: Gordon Laing
Publisher: ILEX
Published: October 2004

Computers from 1975 to 1988, year by year. Includes Atom, Electron, BBC and Archimedes.

Link: Amazon

The 8-BIT Book 1981 To 199X
Author: Jerry Ellis
Publisher: Hiive Books
Published: 2009

Features lots of BBC Mico games.

Link: Fusion Retro Books

Home Computers: 100 Icons that Defined a Digital Generation
Author: Alex Wiltshire
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Published: 2020

Includes pages on the BBC, Electron, Archimedes, Risc PC, as well as many other non-Acorn brands.

Link: Amazon