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‘Running at the edge of their world : The Suspect Device fanzine story’ by Tony and Gaz Suspect is the behind-the-scenes story of one of the U.K.'s longest running, and best loved punk fanzines.

From the typewriter set, cut and paste layouts, to the illicit night-time, photocopying, up to today’s comparatively slick output. The book is filled with stories right from the very beginning of the community they helped build and support, and still do.

It’s about the changes and challenges Tony and Gaz had to overcome, and the lifelong friendships created in the process.

This book is about the Suspect Device fanzine, but it's also about the punks who came together to create the scene based on the principles of DIY, friendship and co-operation.

You’ll love it, and it may even inspire you.

As the foreword from Pete Zonked says, “Get off your ass and do something.”


About the authors:
Gaz and Tony Suspect met on their first day of school and have been friends for over 50 years now. This friendship was solidified in their teenage years by a mutual love of going to football and punk rock. Going to football meant facing the weekly dangers of opposition supporters, violent police and Tony's grandads driving. But they came through it all relatively unscathed. Cycle rides between their respective houses meant running the gauntlet of unlit country roads, scary woods and the threat of seeing Tony's grandads car coming towards them. Gaz’s dad could never understand why they both bought the same records, while Tony's dad introduced Gaz to darts and home brewed beer. Tony doesn't play darts or drink beer.


They have been through most of the ups and downs life throws at you and survived due in part to their friendship and punk rock. Gaz now lives in Norfolk and Tony lives in the New Forest. Tony has been in several bands - Obvious Action, Fusion, Thirst!, Portiswood, Chokeword, Pilger, Screwed up flyer, The shorts, and is currently in Abrazos.

Gaz hasn't been in any bands because he has no rhythm, no sense of timing, and generally can't remember what day of the week it is, let alone lyrics or chords.


When Benjamin Franklin said that there are only two certainties in life, he couldn’t have foreseen the advent of punk rock, or possibly have imagined that Suspect Device would survive more than four decades of publishing ups, downs and run-arounds. If he had, history might have been a lot different.


While we’re on the subject of history, this book, Running At the Edge of Their World, isn’t just the story of one of the world’s longest running, and most beloved, punk zines Suspect Device… Well, it is, and that alone makes it worth the cover price, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s the tale of two lifelong friends and their enduring passion for the subject matter at the core of their publication, it’s about the contributors and the names and faces behind the interviews and reviews, forging a legacy that it’s architects don’t know they’re creating, the power of music and culture, facing the trials and tribulations that life throws at all of us and rising above them and refusing to give in, and standing firm against the encroaching tide of progress and time and doing what you love to do and creating something from nothing, simply because you love doing it.

History isn’t just written by the victors, it’s authored by those who stood behind the curtain and made it happen, and Gaz and Tony, whether they realise it or not, are two of the enduring bastions of punk rock, and their memoir Running At the Edge of the World , is a compulsive, engaging page turning account of how they helped to shape and define a scene with their little zine that could, Suspect Device.

Tim Cundle, Mass Movement



ISBN paperback 9781916864221

Ebook 9781916864238


288 pages

UK Royal size, 234 x 156mm

Duplex cover, colour

Black and white inside

Cover art by Dan Roberson


This is the pre-order for ‘Running at the edge of their world : The Suspect Device fanzine story’ by Tony and Gaz Suspect. All first editions ordered direct from us will receive the book on the day of publication, sometime mid-May, along with posters and bookmarks.

The book will be generally available from book and record stores and online elsewhere from 7th June 2024.

Running at the edge of their world : The Suspect Device fanzine story

SKU: 9781916864221
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