Bright Lights Dark Shadows - some recently expressed love for the book

Published February 01, 2016

Just recently some praise for my book Bright Lights Dark Shadows - The Real Story Of ABBA has come my way. My editor at Omnibus Press (who published the book), Chris Charlesworth, began working there in 1983 and is retiring just now. So in a recent blog he listed his favourite out of the circa 800 books he's commissioned and edited over the decades. I was chuffed - well, speechless actually - to learn that Bright Lights Dark Shadows made the top ten. Thanks, Chris, for making the book happen and for agreeing to a thorough revision of it a few years ago so that we could make it even better.

Virtually at the same time as Chris' blog post, ABBA fan Helena Buckinx sent me a review of the revised edition of the book. It pretty much sums up why I wanted to revise it, and confirms to me that it was well worth doing. Thanks, Helena, for the review - it's available to read in full below.

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Helena's review of Bright Lights Dark Shadows - The Real Story Of ABBA:

I'm an Abba fan since 1979 (at the age of 9) and collected everything (from music to posters, articles etc.) from then on. This to say, that I know quite a bit of the ABBA history, or at least I thought so!

I read the first edition of Bright Lights Darks Shadows when it came out. I was surprised to discover how many things I didn't know of.

When the second version came out, I wondered what added value this new edition could possibly have, if any. I was surprised by the addition of extra information. Not only things that happened after the publication of the first version, but also during the ABBA years. For instance, I was especially amazed by the mentioning of Krishnamurti in the revised edition as an inspiration for Frida by the end of the late seventies. I've read some of his books, after a recommendation by a friend with no connection to ABBA whatsoever. For this reason alone the revised version proved it's added value to me. But more examples are available, I'm sure.

In general you can say that even when you think you know everything of the ABBA history, this book proves you wrong! It's a great read (the book reads like a novel) and has many details. I'm sure I'll read it again. In short, it's a must have for every ABBA fan.


Omnibus Press editor Chris Charlesworth thinks Bright Lights Dark Shadows belongs in his personal all-time top ten.