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Summary

Immerse yourself in the '80s, where Thursday meant Top of the Pops, Sunday meant taping The Top 40, and photos took two weeks to develop....

Thirty-somethings Tash and her brother Jamie didn’t mean to time travel back to October 1984, but bizarrely, they did, on the very day that Bob Geldof watched the BBC news report which moved him to form Band Aid and record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Except their arrival caused him to miss it. So because of them, there’ll be no Band Aid, no "USA for Africa", and no "Live Aid".

Jamie wants to find Bob and put things right. Tash wants to go straight back to the 21st century - she has a 5-month-old baby waiting for her.

What would YOU do? Go to your baby or feed a million others?

James Crookes has been writing comedy for TV and radio for over 20 years. He has contributed to shows on BBC One, CBBC, and CBeebies, along with producing and co-presenting the Bauer Radio breakfast show, Big John @ Breakfast, since 2004. 

NOTE: Tash is a lovely lady, but like many adults, does sometimes rely on the "F-word" when she's flustered. Please consider this if easily offended or listening in the car.

©2020 James Crookes (P)2021 James Crookes

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Blast to the past

This was such a fun read. I laughed (snorted) out loud quite a few times and it took me back to my adolescence which was great. Definitely for the UK market which makes a nice change. I think, judging by the ending, there might be a second book, fingers crossed!

I hope this is picked up by tv for a mini-series.

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Fab story with the 80s as a backdrop.

I loved this book, it was very funny in places and thought provoking in others, all the 80s references take you straight back. The Bob geldof impression just cracked me up. Can't wait for the sequel ❤

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Took me back

Loved this story. I was 18 in 1984. Please make a film of it :)

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Full of nostalgia

A great book and brought back some memories of being a child in the 80s and wish my Spectrum had done what this one did!

Only but that was funny but for different reasons was the narrators/authors American accent 🤣

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full of nostalgia

funny, nostalgic, well written story and easy to listen to narration.. roll on book 2

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Brilliant book

Brilliant nostalgia. Definitely recommend for anyone around in the 80s. Can’t wait for the follow up.

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I loved it.

Anyone who lived through the 80s and anyone who was born after them, should read this book.
Real comedy and a theme of time travel. What's not to like? 👍🥰

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Laugh out loud funny

What a fabulous book. It was a breath of fresh air to listen to such a great story, narrated brilliantly and so funny!! Just fantastic - definitely recommend.

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Do they know it’s Christmas yet?

An excellent time travel novel. Brings back some 80’s nostalgia. Well done to the Author for writing and narrating this book. Hope to read more from the same author in the future.

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Laugh out loud and brimful of nostalgia.

I listened to this book in two days, staying up gone midnight to finish it - I can't remember the last time I did this. It was a comic romp through the 80;'s. The characterisation was great and I enjoyed the memories it brought. It's fun and easy.

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A Time Travel Story That Works!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! This book isn't interested in explaining how time travel might work with a jury-rigged micro electric vehicle and a 90s home computer, there's just too much at stake if Bob Geldof doesn't write the persistent Christmas classic, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" You're too busy following the hapless brother and sister and their expanding entourage to worry about timeline anomalies and quantum physics. Things just happen and become a part of the story. When the action really gets going it careens around off of places and people, but always brings it back to the relationship between brother and sister and good old fashioned British polite sobriety. The narrator sounds like everything you could want from a very British story, offhandedly remarking on every hilarious detail that sets the scene brilliantly. I was particularly pleased that the nostalgia culture of the 80's was toned down and not on constant display like you would expect on a trip through that decade.
This book is funny and clever, and yet still has time for some heartfelt moments that show how even a weird family is still a loving family.