Wiffle Lever To Full!

Daleks, Death Stars and Dreamy Sci-Fi Nostalgia…

What’s ‘Wiffle Lever To Full’?

‘Anyone who agrees that Star Wars was a defining moment of our collective childhoods will love this book’ – The Times

‘Will have you hitching aboard the Millenium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities and fat beardy blokes in furry nappies pretending they’re in Discworld’ **** – Metro

‘Guaranteed to make you yearn for days of yore… don’t be surprised to find yourself laughing at more in-jokes than you care to admit’ **** – Focus

‘This could have been cod-Nick Hornby or Dave Gorman-lite, but Fischer has found his own voice… a lively and wryly-written funny account of a year attending genre conventions, laced with 1980s nostalgia’ 8/10 – Dreamwatch

‘A joyous, irreverent celebration of Britain’s secret love of the bizarre’ – Gay Times

‘Amiable and amusing… what Bob Fischer offers is a glimpse into the world of fandom cranked up, on holiday, given licence to be sillier than usual’ – The Telegraph

‘Witty and heartwarming… will give anyone from the era of Spam Fritters and Blue Riband biscuits a Proustian rush’ **** – SFX

‘Fischer sprinkles in some wonderful period imagery… con-goers, of which I confess I’m one, will adore the wittily affectionate portrait he paints of their amiable tribe’ – The Crack

‘It’s hilarious… For anyone who has ever liked any of this stuff, there’s laughter and nostalgia aplenty’ – Nottingham Evening Post

‘Funny and affectionate’ – Time Out


Hello, my name is Bob Fischer and I spent a year of my life going to British sci-fi and cult TV conventions. In order, I did – Doctor Who, Star Wars, Blake’s 7, James Bond, Star Trek, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Prisoner, Discworld, Robin Of Sherwood, Monty Python and Red Dwarf.

I went to them purely as a fan of all this stuff, but after a few I started to think there was a good book to be written about this crazy, obsessive, brilliant parallel universe. I’d never done anything like this before, but I started writing up a few choice stories and sent them out to some friendly-looking literary agents.

As a result, my book ‘Wiffle Lever To Full!’ has now been published by Hodder & Stoughton. It’s part travelogue, part field report and part memoir of growing up in the 1970s and 80s as a sci-fi fan. It’s full of Daleks, Death Stars and dreamy-eyed nostalgia for a world where the Doctor always won the day and there was usually beans-on-toast for tea.

It’s meant to be really warm and affectionate, and just a celebration of both these crazy films and shows, and of the splendid people that devote their lives to loving them. Oh, and it’s available to buy now! At all good online retailers (and a few rubbish ones as well, probably…)

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