The Ghost In The Labyrinth

In 1993, a small hi-tech company carried out an ambitious communications experiment, taking a pioneering journey into the virtual space where, two decades later, we would end up spending most of our waking hours.

Digithurst was founded at the height of Britain’s microcomputer boom, when Sinclair and Acorn were household names and Cambridge was merely phenomenal rather than a phenomenon. It grew out of a back bedroom and built the first video in windows hardware, computer systems to sell German women new hairstyles and French men French letters, and created Britain’s first online newspaper.

This is the true story about the pursuit of a ghost; starting in Cambridge in the 1980s, among the colourful characters who started Britain's high tech revolution, into the back streets of Cold War East Berlin and ending in the present day world of social media. A compelling read about one of Britain's most innovative, and unconventional, high tech companies.

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