Gamelife: A Memoir of a Childhood

Author(s): Michael W. Clune

Biography & Memoir

Gamelife is part memoir of childhood, part meditation on the imaginative world of computer games - and altogether wonderful, luminous and profound. Structured in seven chapters, around seven PC games that took on an almost religious significance in the author's life, it captures the essential strangeness of childhood, when the world is still revealing itself. It re-creates a place - 1980s suburban Illinois, John Hughes movie territory - in all its quotidian glory. And it explores how the ephemeral worlds of video games gave shape to a boy's days.


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* Widespread review coverage in newspapers such as the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and NZ Herald * Interviews in magazines such as NZ Listener and the Big Issue * Review coverage in magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Smith Journal, the Monthly and Marie Claire * Radio interviews on major programs such as Radio National Life Maters and Radio NZ's Kim Hall * Extract to be sought in major national publication * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, the Monthly and on their associated websites * Online display advertising on gamer websites such as PC Gamer and Gameplanet * Early reading copies available to the trade * Significant budget for bookseller catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues

'Before starting Gamelife I had zero interest in computer games and, at best, limited interest in male adolescence. But now I'm very interested in Michael W. Clune. I loved this book.' Harper's Magazine 'An idiosyncratic but universal exploration of how we teach ourselves to dream, Gamelife charts the interstices between imagination and loneliness in a tender, sad, and funny paean to childhood, all framed around a lost era in video gaming.' -- Liam Pieper author of The Feel-Good Hit of the Year

Michael W. Clune is the author of White Out, a memoir of heroin addiction, and Gamelife, a memoir of childhood. He is an associate professor of English literature at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

General Fields

  • : 9781925240252
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : September 2015
  • : Australia
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 224
  • : Michael W. Clune
  • : Paperback