UK Paperback coming next week!



Greetings faithful Lovelace and Babbagians, those of you in Greenwich Mean Time will shortly have the chance to feast your eyes on the beautiful paperback edition of The Thrilling Adventures, check it out-



And look what all these lovely people say on the back!


No plans for a paperback in the US as yet! The content is pretty much exactly the same, except for a few small corrections. n.b.:


In a fit of promotional madness I animated the run cycle on the cover, completely forgetting that I haven’t animated anything using DRAWINGS, like some sort of MEDIEVAL PEASANT, since like two Olympics ago. Now I can’t move my arms but here’s a bunch of gifs for all your giffing needs, go nuts:






  1. Stuart Forster on December 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Can’t believe I missed this when it came out. Great book.
    Shame the GIF didn’t make it into the paperback. Something for the e-book edition maybe? ;-)

  2. Fiona on September 7, 2016 at 3:33 am

    … gak! I’ve run out of blog entries to catch up on! O noes!!

    Found you via The Guardian Weekly, delivered to my beloved parents in Australia in paper format (how very Olde Schoole), with their lovely review of the new paperback, viz: I did check and it doesn’t seem to be in your list of reviews at, so I feel safe popping it here.

    I now have a list of presents to get for people this Xmas, including books, posters, t-shirts, mousemats, and anything else I can persuade to ship to Australia, and a new person’s name to watch and cheer for in the “monster wrangling” sections of various movies I tend to watch. Yay!

    Thank you for a most enjoyable four days of catch-up reading and geek-indulgence.

    • Fiona on September 7, 2016 at 3:34 am

      btw, forgot to mention I’m the one most recently stalking you on Twitter with insane comments about opera singers.

  3. Sheila on August 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    ooooo would you consider putting the animated gifs in the Extras section? I bookmarked one but having them in Extras would make them easy to find. I want to link one for when I’m at work and want to say “To the bug mobile!” or something like that. when I’m fixing something.

  4. Terry Hunt on August 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations on your expanding bibliography; now I have to justify to myself the expense of adding the paperback to my hardback edition.

    I recently had occasion to renew my expired UK passport. On receiving the new, redesigned version last week, I found that the “blank” pages are all now decorated, each double spread uniquely, with intricate illustrations of UK themes: ‘Landmarks and Architecture’, ‘Artists’, ‘Performing Arts’ and ‘Iconic British Innovations’. And who do we see on pp 30–31? – none other than Lovelace and Babbage!

    I don’t know how recently these illustrations were adopted, but I’d like to think your work had some influence.

    (Re your labour in creating the gifs: I believe the accepted full phrase is “pixel-stained techno-peasant.”)

  5. Poz on August 22, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Excellent news! If only I hadn’t bought all my friends the hardback already… ;)

  6. John on August 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Nice! In an “I’m cheering the success, but don’t live in the UK, so don’t worry about what’s on sale there” kind of way. Plus, that’s a great footnote.