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The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland
The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland
by Clifton Bain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.98

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark book, encouraging visits to these special places, 25 April 2013
This is an intriguing mix of a natural history book and travel guide to Scotland's Caledonian pinewood remnants. A warm, thoughtful and useful tome for all readers and potental visitors, not just woodland enthusiasts, foresters or conservationists. It has an array of illustrations, photos and maps.

Recommended.

It would be good to have a slimmed-down paperback version to use a gazzetteer to shove into a rucksack when visiting sites. The hardback is too bulky and beautiful for such purposes!

Hopefully Clifton Bain has another natural history traveller's guide book in him - next time the Western Atlantic oakwoods perhaps?
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Tales from the Toolbox
Tales from the Toolbox
by Michael Oliver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, range of interviewees, properly themed and edited., 16 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Tales from the Toolbox (Paperback)
This book is a step above the regular 'I was there' tales because it is:
a) themed - e.g. on working all nighters - rather than just stories from a series of races/rallies;
b) written about a number of characters, including biogs and interviews, not just the views of one particiant, and
c) carefully edited.

So a better read than books such MatchettThe Mechanic's Tale, Moylan Works Rally Mechanic: Tales of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department 1955-1979 or Chambers (Works Wonders: Competition Manager Recalls an Historic Era of Motorsport).

Brabham and Ralt and Honda: The Ron Tauranac Story and Cooper Cars: Bk. M2709 (World champions) would make a good books to follow this, if you want to look at more detail for particular team. For Lotus and Ferrari lovers there are many such tomes.

For a comparison on the rally scene, but only from one team try B.M.C./B.L. Competitions Department: 25 Years in Motorsport - The Cars, the People, the Events.

Denis Jenkinson's book Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport has some chapters that also cover the continental travelling apsects of this book.


Vegetation of the Tropical Pacific Islands (Ecological Studies)
Vegetation of the Tropical Pacific Islands (Ecological Studies)
by Dieter Mueller-Dombois
Edition: Paperback
Price: £93.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark book, 12 May 2010
This is an absorbing book, written by key authors almost as a labour of love over a long period. It records their own field work, as well as that of others.

Recommended if you need an ecological overview of the vegetation of the South Pacific. Good diagrams, illustrations and photos. The breadth of the area covered is sensibly tackled in a well structured text - you may want more detail, but this is a good place to start.

I would like see Europe tackled in such a manner.


European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation
European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation
by Stefanie Dühr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £38.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed text - read now, before it dates, 12 May 2010
A very useful detailed overview of the development and themes of spatial planning in the EU. Not to be read in one sitting, rather more suited to update and brief yourself on aspects.

A weighty tome. A useful textbook.


How to Restore Fibreglass Bodywork (Osprey Restoration Guides)
How to Restore Fibreglass Bodywork (Osprey Restoration Guides)
by Miles Wilkins
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know in a short book, 18 Feb. 2010
This has key information on how to properly restore fibreglass bodywork, including grafting in new panels and fixing gel cracks. Short book, but useful.


Spritely Years: Race and Rally Memories from the Classic Era, Plus the Full History of the Sebring Sprite
Spritely Years: Race and Rally Memories from the Classic Era, Plus the Full History of the Sebring Sprite
by John Sprinzel
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun combination of two books, 11 Nov. 2009
This is really two books, one of John Sprinzel's tales of rallying and racing, the other more technical content concentrating on the development of Sebring Austin Healey Sprites.

You'll probably find you'll want more of the former or latter, depending on your mood when you read it!

Worth reading with other Healey books, or even the great book on BLMC/BMC competitions by Bill Price -B.M.C./B.L. Competitions Department: 25 Years in Motorsport - The Cars, the People, the Events - which has a little on small healeys, as well as big ones.

Be warned, it makes you want to build a Sebring Sprite replica!


Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning (RTPI Library Series)
Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning (RTPI Library Series)
by Simin Davoudi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, the remainder is prosaic and baffling, 11 Nov. 2009
A much needed, but flawed book.

Unfortunately the introductory chapters will only be accessible to serious academic geographers, because of the use of impenetrable arcane language and jargon. This loses other readers from following the lead authors' arguments, as well as squandering the value of the book's good structure.

Thankfully the case studies are more clearly written, providing a worthwhile core to the book.

It would be difficult to enthusiastically recommend this to other masters planning students.


The Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS Series of Illustrated Architectural Guides to Scotland)
The Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS Series of Illustrated Architectural Guides to Scotland)
by Mary Miers
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide to the buildings & settlements of the Western Isles, 23 Sept. 2009
A vibrant informative book. Accessible to casual reader, can be dipped into easily.

Great fun to read, as well as informative. It was really useful in the field, helping interpret buildings and their context.

Covers the full range of buildings, including vernacular - sheds, byres, cottages and houses - as well the products of architects. Great background on human history and associated development of buildings and settlements.

When travelling in the Western Isles, take this as a companion to the Rough Guide The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands and Islands (Rough Guide Travel Guides).


Scottish Townscape
Scottish Townscape
by Colin McWilliam
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful historical overview of the evolution of Scottish townscape, 23 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Scottish Townscape (Hardcover)
Still worth hunting out and reading. Relevant today, written in an accessible style.

The author was an expert on Scottish architectural history.

Unfortunately there is still no current equivalent book on Scottish townscape that is a straightforward introduction to the subject. The development of Scotland's settlements, including vernacular buildings, cannot be simply be implied from texts about England.

A current, more weighty academic tome is:
Stell, G, Shaw, J. & Storrier, S. (eds) (2003) Scotland's Buildings. Scottish Life & Society - a Compendium of Scottish Ethnology. Royal Commission of Ancient & Historical Monuments, National Museum of Scotland & The European Ethnological Research Centre. Tuckwell Press, East Linton.
Scotland's Buildings: 3 (Scottish Life & Society)


750 Racer: Everything You Need to Know About Building and Racing a 750 Formula Sports-racing Car
750 Racer: Everything You Need to Know About Building and Racing a 750 Formula Sports-racing Car
by Peter Herbert
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic - but a bit short, 12 Jun. 2008
A very readable book, with great practical advice on building space-framed racing cars using parts from road-going cars.

If it had been expanded to cover other formulae, rather than just the UK only 750 sports racer formula, then it would have been the definitive amateur racing car construction manual for steel-tubed cars.

Read this in conjunction with Staniforth's book 'Race & Rally Car Source Book' published by Haynes.


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