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Red Arrows in Camera
Red Arrows in Camera
by Keith Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 13 July 2012
This review is from: Red Arrows in Camera (Hardcover)
I,ve just bought this book and what a real photographic treat! The photos by Keith Wilson and E.J. van Koningsveld are simply stunning. Everyone is included pilots, groundcrews and the back room boys (and girls). Highly recommended.

Short Way Up:  A classic ride through Southern Africa - 5,000 solo miles on a 1950s Ariel
Short Way Up: A classic ride through Southern Africa - 5,000 solo miles on a 1950s Ariel
by Steve Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 July 2011
Forget your corporate-sponsored, support vehicle-backed, trips through Africa - if you want a real tale of adversity and determination read Short Way Up, then buy yourself a classic British bike and dig out your passport.

This book, like so many of the great motorcycling stories, puts you on the bike with the author. And what a bike. It's refreshing to see that not everyone chooses the big BMW adventure bike, and a half-century old classic bike with a less than reliable track record is hardly an easy option. I'd be willing to bet that half the people who've ridden around the world have had less mechanical issues and a far easier time of it than the author and his Ariel did in those 5,000 miles.

As an inspirational story Short Way Up is unbeatable. As a taste of Africa it leaves you wanting more, and as a classic motorcycling tale you have to take your hat off to one determined man.

U.S.S. Enterprise Manual (Haynes Owners Workshop Manual)
U.S.S. Enterprise Manual (Haynes Owners Workshop Manual)
by Ben Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.62

65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haynes Enterprise Manual, 3 Nov. 2010
Okay, let's get it out of the way: this is not a 'workshop manual' in the style of the traditional Haynes car manuals. It's full of colour artwork, background info and technical descriptions of what's inside each Enterprise and how certain things work (such as impulse engines, warp engines and transporters). Also, and perhaps rather obviously, it is not based on a complete strip down and rebuild like the Haynes car manuals, and it is absolutely fair to say that the level of technical detail does not match, for example, the Star Trek: TNG Technical Manual (Okuda/Sternbach). However, that book is over twenty years old, is black and white throughout and covers just the Enterprise D. The Haynes Enterprise Manual covers ALL the Enterprises (apart from the one in the new film, but I can sort of see why this would have been difficult), so it's bound to look light in comparison. I've read the previous Star Trek technical manuals, and they are pretty heavy going. Fine if that's what you want. But if you want something that's much easier to read, and MUCH better illustrated (full colour elevations plus cutaways of every Enterprise) then give this one a try. In short, it's not over technical and therefore may appear a bit 'lightweight' to the real trekkies out there, but for a good overview covering all the Enterprises in one book, it does the job. It is what it is, and even if that's not what you were expecting, it's still the first Star Trek 'technical' book in a very long time.

Haynes: The Classic Cutaways (Haynes)
Haynes: The Classic Cutaways (Haynes)
by Giles Chapman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £38.11

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Dad, 1 Dec. 2008
Superb! I've always liked the 'cutaway' drawings on the front of the old Haynes manuals, so I thought this book looked great when I saw a review in one of the car mags. I wasn't disappointed because this is a really nice book and excellent value for money. It's a really mixed collection too, from real classics from the 60s right up to quite boring cars from the 80s. Although actually some of the less exciting cars are often the most fascinating, such as the Reliant Robin! Apart from the brilliant cutaway drawings by Terry Davey, there is a short write up of each car plus some facts and figures which include the number made and what they cost new. Definitely a 'Dad' present if you're struggling to think of something. I don't know how many cutaways Haynes have in their archives but I'll certainly buy a volume 2 if they do one.

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