Neil Anderson (author)

Neil Anderson (author)

Neil Anderson is a Sheffield-based author/journalist who first came to prominence in the mid-1990s with the Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to Sheffield which was seen as a key driver in the resurgence of the city’s ailing nightlife. This no holds barred tour around the highlights and lowlights of the after dark city attracted critical acclaim from titles including The Rough Guide to England, DJ Magazine and The Times and saw Anderson become a recognised expert on the evening economy.

His Take It To The Limit book about legendary venue The Limit, which ran on Sheffield’s West Street from 1978 to 1991, became a best-seller in 2009. Launched by Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, the book’s launch party was attended by members of the Human League, Pulp, Artery, Vice Versa (who later became ABC) and other bands who played early gigs at the venue. A review in Record Collector titled The rich story of a truly legendary venue said the book "conveys the affection that many still hold for the club through the author’s own memories and interviews with staff, band members, journalists and punters".

Sheffield’s Date With Hitler was published in 2010 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz. The book formed the basis of BBC1’s Sheffield The Forgotten Blitz documentary and followed over a year of research and attempts to explain why the city’s munitions works were largely missed by the Luftwaffe on December 12 and 15, 1940.

Also in 2010, Neil published Signing On For The Devil which chronicled Sheffield’s heavy metal music dominance in the 1980s.

His Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Sheffield became known countrywide as the book that reunited Chris and Ann Jackson and inspired them to get remarried after 26 years apart.

Neil is a regular contributor to international music magazine Vive Le Rock. He is presently working on numerous projects including the writing of Facts, Figures & Fallacious Goings-On In Sheffield.



Sheffield-born Neil Anderson has been a music and entertainment writer/journalist since leaving Sheffield Hallam University in the mid 1990s.

He was a Sheffield Telegraph columnist for over a decade and has written for titles spanning The Independent to The Big Issue.

Neil originally started out as a hairdresser but landed a job in Sheffield City Hall’s publicity office whilst still at university and never looked back.

He was soon promoted to Sheffield City Council's press office and made a name for himself with campaigns to develop the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter and getting magazines like The Face and Kerrang! to feature his council promotions. He left in 2000 to pursue his writing career.

After his books reached the Waterstone's best seller list, he was contacted by several aspiring authors and agreed to edit and publish their tales of Sheffield on their behalf.


Books written by Neil Anderson

  • Take It To The Limit (2009)
  • Shopaholic’s Guide To 1970s Sheffield (2009)
  • Dirty Stop Out’s Guide To 1970s Sheffield (2010)
  • Sheffield’s Date With Hitler (2010)
  • Signing On For The Devil (2010)
  • Facts, Figures & Fallacious Goings-On In Sheffield (2011)
  • Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1960s Sheffield (2011)
  • No Siesta 'Til Club Fiesta (in production)
  • Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Sheffield (in production)

Books edited/published by Neil Anderson

  • Get Thi Neck Weshed (2010)
  • My Family and other Morticians (2010)
  • Gee’or Ruwerin (2011)
  • Only So Much (2011)
  • Flood Waters (2011)
  • Bombs Over Bramall Lane (2011)

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