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A Ribbon Of Road In The Moonlight Paperback – 8 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing; 1st edition (8 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904312632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904312635
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A ripping yarn for the petrolhead. Its 245 printed pages but wont take long to read, so evocative is its fictional subject; with writing sufficiently compelling for the book to be a non-put-downer. --Southern Car Club Magazine

About the Author

Jenny Pearson developed a career in drama and journalism, before writing on the relationship between psychotherapy and drama. She is a trained counsellor with the WPF and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with AIP. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

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Perhaps the most annoying thing about this book to anyone remotely knowledgeable about sports car racing in the 1950s is the frequent historical inaccuracy. Sports car engines - any racing engines, in fact - in the `50s wouldn't rev. to anywhere near 18,000 rpm (a 3 litre V8 would only have topped around a third of that), drivers didn't "flip up" their visors when they came into the pits (the full-face helmet didn't come into vogue until the `70s; drivers used goggles in this period) and small-time entrants didn't employ teams of engineers - a manager and a couple of mechanics is about all but the very biggest would run to.

Jack Brabham was a long way from car constructor in 1956; he'd only arrived in England the previous year and was just commencing his tenure as a driver at Cooper. And Lotus was barely out of its infancy, hardly a big enough constructor to be courted by a major Japanese tyre manufacturer. Brands Hatch was hardly new in 1956, was not owned by the BRSCC, and the pits were not yet of the "drive through" type (this being true for almost all circuits at the time).

This seems to have been written by a young author who has scant knowledge of the period in which his book is set and has tried to transpose his experience of the contemporary world into days past. That applies to all aspects of the life described; blokes in pubs in 1956 didn't drink pints of lager, nor was canned lager (the plural of which, by the way, is lagers, not lager's) "newly fashionable" at home yet, and back then a team from Essex testing at Brands would think nothing of driving there and back in a day and certainly would not have gone to the expense of staying locally overnight.
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A friend recommended this book to me and I'm really glad he did. Even though I have never been remotely interested in motor racing, I soon found myself caught up in this terrific tale of the struggle to put together a winning team and machine for what must have been a truly gruelling contest. The characters quickly become as familiar as real people, and the various twists and turns to the story make it a real page-turner. I'm now looking forward to Michael Pearson's next offering - on this form, it will be well worth the wait!
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Being familiar with Michael Pearson's previous work which has centered on Naval History, A Ribbon of Road in the Moonlight shows how versatile a writer he is.
In this book that tells of a small motor manufacturer and the determination of its owner to build a sports car and assemble a team of mechanics, drivers and financiers with a view to winning one of the most prestigious road races of the era.
Set in the early 1950's it captures the fascination with speed and glamour, much sought after in the post war years.
The characters Michael Pearson has created are alive; you feel you are in their company during their arguments and negotiations.
This novel has been a joy to read. I look forward to others from Michael Pearson.
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Enjoyable read, big print so it won't take long to get through the book, so take another book if your going to read it on holiday. Some of the facts are a bit off the mark such as the car having a V8 that revs to 18k - in 1955!
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