The first full-length biography of the Toy Dolls, from their humble beginnings in Sunderland, through to worldwide success in the 80s, the 90s and beyond. Ronan Fitzsimons, committed Toy Dolls fan and confirmed punk, follows the 35-year career of Sunderland’s finest punk band, and the chart topping performers of Nellie the Elephant!
“Revelatory … a great read for anyone who remembers the band in its heyday” – SUNDERLAND ECHO
“All music biographies should be as engaging as this one” – STREETMUSIC
Ronan Fitzsimons was born in 1964 and grew up in the North East of England. He studied at the universities of Sheffield, Nottingham Trent and Manchester, and has had jobs as a translator, football coach, oven-scrubber and cockle salesman. He now works in higher education. His publications include a variety of language-learning books and the official biographies of Decca Wade and of The Toy Dolls.