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Blood, Sweat & Tyres: The Little Book of the Automobile [Hardcover]

David Long
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5 April 2010
Blood, sweat & tyres

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752454889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752454887
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Book of the Week. Even the most eager historians will find their knowledge challenged by this new book about the capital.' (Evening Standard)

'It's a book I think everyone should have.' (Robert Elms, BBC Radio London)

'The best possible start for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the hidden city that is modern-day London.' (Guardian)

'David Long's intriguing alphabetical survey - an attempt to impose order on chaos - lists hundreds of little courtyards and alleys, many almost forgotten among the banks and businesses.' (FT)

'This admirably structured and coherent book draws attention to the uncontrived diversity in London's architecture.' (Maxwell Hutchinson, President RIBA)

'The photographs are enigmatically stark, the text rich in anecdotes. Long brings a genuine pleasure to his subject and encourages his readers to look at London with an unceasing curiosity.' (The London Magazine)

'A quirkier look at the subject...plenty of new places here for even the most knowledgeable Londoner to explore.' (Museum of London)

'Quite an incredible wealth of information...an endorsement at the highest level should be given to David Long's new book'. (BBC Radio London)

'David Long tells the story of how a humble transport system rapidly became one of the city's greatest icons.' (The Spectator)

Fascinated by those strange, semi-hidden corners of London most of us cease to notice because we walk by them so often, David Long has been a writer since leaving a first class university with a second class degree in the 1980s. Whilst a columnist for the Sunday People he created a popular weekly cartoon strip which appeared in the Times, and continues to write for a wide diversity of newspapers and magazines both in Britain and abroad. Many of his most popular and best reviewed books reflect his longstanding interest in the less well-known aspects of London, its architecture and eccentric inhabitants - subjects, he says, which simply never run dry.

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This is the perfect present for car enthusiasts. --Daily Express

About the Author

Since firing up his first V12 Ferrari in 1984, author and journalist DAVID LONG has driven more than 2,000 different cars ranging from a nineteenth-century Renault around the streets of Paris to the latest hydrogen-powered BMW on a banked, high-speed oval. During that time he has appeared in The Times, Sunday Times, Sunday People and London's Evening Standard, on television and radio, and in the pages of countless magazines in the UK and overseas. As an award-winning ghostwriter and on his own account he is also the author of more than a dozen books, many of which are on motoring and motor racing. www.davidlong.info

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is not just a book packed full of funny, curious and downright astonishing facts about cars; this is an M&S book packed full of funny, curious... Well, not exactly, but you get the drift.

The author, David Long, who I am pleased to number among my friends, has been a top journalist, author and font of superior automotive anecdotes for, well, as long as I've known him (20 odd years). In a less charming and well educated man the ability to call up from memory funny stories about racing drivers, royalty, obscure caravanettes and curious road traffic laws in foreign lands would be deemed "geekish", if not downright scary. Now he's put it all in a book.*

This distillation has several advantages, not the least of which is that the book costs considerably less than lunch with the author (the only other way to access this information).

I'd say this book was especially useful in browsing situations; waiting on a train or bus, flying on a plane, in the smallest room in the house. It might even be worth keeping in the glove box of your car so that, when the inevitable Bank Holiday traffic jam ensnares you, you will be reminded of the lighter side of car culture.

There is, however, one danger I must warn you of. Once you start reading the book it is almost impossible to stop yourself from seeking the attention of the nearest available friend, family member or work colleague and sharing with them the astonishing fact Mr Long has lain before your eyes. For a while they will laugh with you, but eventually they will buy you a copy of Top Gear, thereby proving that they have not been listening at all.

*The dedication is Latin; Ego autem coacervavi omne quod inveni. This is a quote from The Historia Brittonum or History of the Britons, an early 9th century collection of historical materials. It translates, roughly, as, "I have made a heap of all that I have found." And he has.
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