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TV Cars: Star cars from the world of television [Hardcover]

Giles Chapman
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Book Description

24 Oct 2006
This lively book takes a behind-the-scenes look at four-wheeled stars from the world of television. It covers classic programmes of the past, such as "The Avengers" and "Starsky and Hutch", recent series such as "Mr. Bean" and "Only Fools and Horses", and current shows such as "Life on Mars" and "The Apprentice", with a few surprises along the way. Packed with facts, anecdotes and photographs of the cars and their star drivers from the nation's favourite cop shows, dramas, sit-coms, sci-fi classics and documentaries, "TV Cars" is a great read for all car and TV buffs.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (24 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844253929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844253920
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Giles Chapman is an award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history and culture of cars. He began his career in 1984 in automotive consultancy, moving into magazine publishing in 1985. By 1991, he was editor of Classic & Sports Car, the world's best-selling classic car magazine. Since 1994, he's worked freelance across a huge variety of media. Today, he contributes to national newspapers and motoring publications, and was voted Jeep Consumer Journalist Of The Year in 2005, BCA Feature Writer Of The Year in 2008, and AA Environment Writer Of The Year 2011.

He's the author of more than 30 books including 'My Dad Had One Of Those' (co-written with Top Gear's Richard Porter) that was a non-fiction hardback best-seller in 2007 and has since sold almost 170,000 copies. This makes it one of the best-selling - and most popular - car books of all time.

His book 'Chapman's Car Compendium' won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy in 2008. Dorling Kindersley's 'The Car Book', published in 2011 and on which Giles Chapman was Editor-In-Chief, won wide acclaim as well as advance orders for 81.000 copies in several language editions. He's also worked with BBC Top Gear over many years.

Giles Chapman's reputation for painstaking research and entertaining writing is reflected in praise from some of the most demanding independent critics. Here is a selection.

Car Badges: 'Superbly researched... crammed with anecdotes, obscure facts on other key elements of car design, and highly authoritative' - London Evening Standard. 'This not only makes sitting in traffic jams more interesting but it's also social and industrial history' - The Spectator. 'Massive, valuable and interesting' - Motor Sport magazine.

Chapman's Car Compendium: 'Open this book at any page and you're bound to find something fun' - Autoweek magazine. 'Even the best-informed petrolhead is guaranteed to learn something new' - 4car website.

The Car Book: 'Everyone in our office was taken aback by the depth of this impressive work' - Classic & Sports Car magazine, where it was Book Of The Month in June 2011. 'This thumping hardback blows all preconceptions out of the weeds. With a decade-by-decade breakdown of automotive history, it's packed with detail' - Octane magazine.

The Land Rover Story: 'Fine investigation into the development of the Land Rover' - Classic & Sports Car magazine. 'Chapman has produced another good 'un with this potted look at Britain's mighty Landie in all its flavours' - Octane magazine.

His next two titles, Cars We Loved In The 1960s and Racing Driver: How To Drive Racing Cars Step By Step, will be published in spring 2014.

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About the Author

Giles Chapman has been a motoring journalist for 20 years, and has an extensive knowledge of all things automotive. He is a former Editor of Classic & Sports Car and Your Classic magazines and author of seven books. Currently he works as an award-winning writer for national newspapers and magazines, and is consulted widely on car culture, design and heritage. He lives at Sevenoaks in Kent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good... 18 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't expecting much - generally I'm not a fan of all those cheap fathers' day/dad's birthday 'My dad had one of these'-type books (they're too obviously an easy earner for their authors/publishers and the text sometimes seems as if it's been written in a pub somewhere during a lunch break...)
However, maybe because TV cars are just more inherently interesting/nostalgic, this one wasn't bad - I enjoyed it - the text is more informative (well, a bit!) and less laddish/childish than it is in some of those other books. If you can remember back to the 70s and 80s (and you watched a lot of TV!), you'll likely find it OK. If you're younger than that, then you won't, because you won't get the 'nostalgia effect' and it'll just seem like a load of old cars, some good, some bad, some ugly...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring 16 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a present for someone - not my cup of tea!
Lots of pictures and some chat that will appeal to old car lovers!
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4.0 out of 5 stars European Cars 30 Aug 2007
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A lot of the cars in this book I have never heard of, or the TV series they were used in. Some of the normal TV cars are mentioned (Batmobile, Knight Rider, etc), but most would only be known to series watchers outside the U.S.

Which makes this a good book for your collection if you have an interest in TV cars not already featured in other TV and movie car books.
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