Introducing 'Remind Me To Smile'

Book Summary

Prepare to be transported back in time, to a world populated by Betamax, CSEs, C90 cassettes, Kenny Everett, coloured vinyl and Gary Numan, and be very amused indeed…

Back in 1977, Martin Downham was turning into the archetypal, stroppy, know-it-all teenager – angry for no good reason, rude, insolent, indolent, bone-idle and rebellious. A lengthy spell of destructive adolescence beckoned but ‘life’ had other plans. 

In the wider world of work, marriage and kids, Martin eventually tackles life’s grown-up problems with some aplomb. Remind Me To Smile is his mostly hilarious and often touching tale in which British electro-pop star Gary Numan looms over the story as an ever-present and strangely reassuring spectre.

REMIND ME TO SMILE sold out in just two years and was reprinted in 2018 with an updated revised edition.

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What do other readers say?


  • What struck me was Martin's ability to have you laughing out loud one minute and have your heart in your hands the next
  • The author's own story of his home, school, family, jobs and girls loved and lost is in itself compelling. Both funny and moving there are some real laugh out loud passages. Highly recommended
  • Brilliant. It's one of those books you can't put down, can't wait for lunch time at work, can't wait to get home to find out what happened next, and never want to end. Now I’ve finished it I’m genuinely sad. I was born in 1960 and was a teenage Numanoid too
  • Funny, nostalgic and very touching at times. Very evocative of the late 70's and 80's, a time so quickly past and gone
  • This book is intriguing, sad and funny in equal measures, and was quite simply one of the best I've read in a very long time
  • A funny, honest and often emotional journey with [Gary] Numan's rise and fall steering our author through his own adolescent adventures

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