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Travelling With Mr Turner [Kindle Edition]

Nigel C Winter
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The classic road trip now available on kindle following rave reviews of the paperback, in which lawyer, Nigel Winter followed in the tyre tracks of the creator of the legendary Triumph Bonneville; Edward Turner. The book juxtaposes the two journeys in two completely different eras: the fifties and today. The book is part road trip, part social history, part satire. All in all, better than Zen & The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.

"Educating, humbling, heroic and uplifting" The Daily Telegraph

"...Winter has a most erudite style that is both witty, satirical, sometimes self deprecating and always thought provoking..." The Classic MotorCycle magazine.

"An absolutely lovely book - beautifully written, whimsical and with just the right touch of nostalgia" 100% Biker.

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"Mr Winter's pleasant narrative style soon draws you in..." --Best of British magazine

"...Winter is a good story-teller, writing with detail, wit and self deprecating humour, and this book is peppered with classic quotes that elevate the tale" --RealClassic magazine

" interesting and absorbing book, one that you will want to come back to after you've put it down" --Nacelle magazine of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club

"The writing style encourages one to keep reading, and the further I read the better it got."
--Centerstand magazine

"I couldn't put the book down, I must congratulate you on a fantastic read" --Editor Daimler And Lachester Owners' Club

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Entry in the renowned Orwell Literary Book Prize 2012

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought -provoking, compulsive read ! 28 July 2011
This summer, I met an American tourist who introduced me to this book whilst we were visiting legendary Triumph motorcycle designer Edward Turner's blue plaque at Turner's former home in 8 Philip Walk, Peckham, London SE15.

I immediately went to Foyles (oddly enough, founded by another Peckham old boy) to buy a copy and found it un-put-downable.

The author combines the detail of Edward Turner's publicity stunt of travelling from Lands End to John O' Groats on his smallest design, the newly introduced 150cc Triumph Terrier, with his own duplication of that trip albeit on board a modern 900cc Triumph Thunderbird. The author visits the hotels that Turner and his entourage stayed in as well as the roads and sights that Britain's greatest motorcycle designer must have taken in. Photographs at each stage of the Turner's trip introduce each chapter whilst the author's photos of his own modern recreation are within the body of each chapter.

Of particular interest are the author's own observations on British industry , especially the history of Triumph motorcycles and his commentary on the famous Meriden co-operative. Just after Turner passed away in 1973, the new owners of Triumph wanted to shut down Turner's legendary Meriden factory in the West Midlands. The Triumph workers blockaded them from doing so and eventually with a loan from then-Minister of Trade, Tony Benn, acquired the manufacturing and later marketing rights to Triumph itself, producing Turner's designs against all odds until the continuing recession of 1983.

There are some minor factual inaccuracies and this reviewer would have preferred the journey to have been done on a motorcycle designed by Turner (a 1983 TR65 Thunderbird perhaps ?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travelling with Mr Turner 17 Jan. 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very funny book, with the humour born of a love and wide knowledge of Triumph motorcycles, and an admiration for Mr Turner, the boss of Triumph motorcycles. That Triumph boss, put himself and the other two directors on new Triumph Terriers, to ride the full length of Britain. It was 1953 and the motorcycles had 150 cc engines. There was a humour and humility in the exercise - these were bosses in an age when bosses were neither young nor slim. The book is peppered with wry (but razor-sharp) humour, making it impossible to read without a permanent and wide smile. And then there are the guffaws at outrageous and whacky comments on the story of Triumph motorcycles and British life through the 50s, 60s and 70s - lovely Monty Python off-beat humour. It is as discursive as Motorcycle Diaries. Britain was going to the dogs, but Mr Turner was an inspiration and was doing his best - and the author weaves these two strands with a humorous and affectionate light touch. And then we get the up to date commentary on bikes and Britain, from the author, Nigel Winter, nostalgically riding the route half a century later. And on a bike you stand a chance of re-capturing the fun of all previous bike journeys. There are similarities, such as getting cold and wet, and warming up in the bar at the day's end - and all that thinking time. And the author got wetter and colder than those bosses, and stayed in cheaper hotels, even camping, which all seems unfair, and to deny progress. He notes that John Steinbeck was also reluctant to get out of his warm bed for the start his road trip, which informed Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, but I am glad that Nigel Winter also got out on the road that first wet day. The book has nice photographs too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Reading 7 Aug. 2011
By Olga
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this from Amazon after seeing the review in the Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club magazine.
This is quite an interesting style of writing which mixes up the journey with some biography of Edward Turner, it includes loads of comments of social history (quite a lot of things I had no idea about) with the politics and history of the Meriden Co-operative including the faults and ego's of many of the main players.
I particularly like the occasions where 1953 gets mixed up wth the repeat journey, I found myself wanting the author to actually meet Mr Turner. This book isn't a local version of "Jupiters Travels" but after reading it I feel that I know and like the author (despite him being a Lawyer!!)
You don't have to like motorbikes to enjoy this book, but if you like mixtures of travel, history, social comments and some of the industrial politics, then you will probably get engrossed as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 3 Jan. 2012
Nigel Winter could easily give up the day job, if being an author paid as much as being a lawyer. He's a great natural writer, with a lyrical and slightly lunatic way of looking at the world which suits perfectly the mad story of how men like Turner made Triumph the greatest motorcycle company in the world, how a group of idiots who didn't even like bikes managed to ruin it, and how a group of visionaries in the Turner mould are now making it great again.
There's some truly inspired writing, like the Stairway to Heaven sequence, the imagined meetings with the ghost of Turner and Turner's imagined sighting of Nigel's own modern Triumph.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading, lots of info.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars This has been a really good read. Winter writes with pace and humour
This has been a really good read. Winter writes with pace and humour. I've been laughing out loud at times in the gym whilst reading it on my kindle! What else has he written?
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Disappointed that there were no photos other than the title cover.
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A delightful read!!
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If you are nostalgic about Triumph motorcycles from the Meridan era then this book will be of interest to you,it focuses on Edward Turner and his influence on the progression and... Read more
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I reallyenjoyed the content and style of this book and found it hard to put down. I will look for more from this author.
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