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All the Gear, No Idea: A Woman's Solo Motorbike Journey Around the Indian Subcontinent
All the Gear, No Idea: A Woman's Solo Motorbike Journey Around the Indian Subcontinent
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One brave lady and her Royal Enfield!, 5 Dec. 2015
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Michèle Harrison is one of those people who is either very brave or has no imagination! In 1997 she undertook a journey around India on a 500cc single cylinder Enfield motorbike which very few blokes have done, let alone a thirty something year old single girl. 'All the Gear' is the book which came out of the diaries she kept during her trip and a pretty good read it is too, both for would-be adventurers as well as bikers. For someone who has mechanical knowledge and services their own motorcycle it would be a pretty daunting trip, attended by the constant worry of breakdowns or punctures especially crossing the deserts of Rajasthan or at 4,500m along a Himalyan mud road about as far away from civilisation and mechanics as one can get but for Michèle the dangers either seem of no consequence (very brave) or to have passed her by (no imagination!). Whichever was the case, her story is quite amazing and a must-read for the vicarious traveller or motorcycle adventurer. Its a well written book, the prose flows along peppered with Michèle's self-deprecating humour which has the reader laughing alongside her as she describes the various scrapes and difficulties she had to overcome along the way - we travel pillion with her. I was sorry to have finished 'All the Gear, No Idea' and am looking forward to the sequel – Australia next, Michèle?


Classic Images: Isle of Man TT Races
Classic Images: Isle of Man TT Races
Price: £3.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting photos but far too many errors, 4 Oct. 2014
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Some fascinating images but incorrect captions, repeated images, basic editing mistakes make this a rather shoddy production. As a Kindle book it was cheap, but I still would not recommend it.


Open Skies
Open Skies
by Don McCullin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding, dark, eclectic landscapes from one of this country's best known war photographers, 8 April 2014
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Everyone in their 50's and over will remember Don McCullin's emotive, highly charged documentary photography of the Vietnam, Biafran, Middle-eastern wars of the '60's, 70's and 80's. Here is another side to this thoughtful, insightful, deep thinking man, a book of technically superb but rather melancholy works on his local Somerset area. Beautifully observed photographs, wonderfully printed, this book is now a rare find and is definitely increasing in value.


Vax U88-AM-P Air³ Pet Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Vax U88-AM-P Air³ Pet Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sucks well but falls over, 8 April 2014
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Lots of suction, revolutionary universal jointed cylinder allows brush head to get into all sorts of awkward corners which a larger, traditional upright couldn't tackle, but this does mean that if one forgets to 'lock' it upright again (for instance when changes told etc) it falls over. It is very light and has a long lead which is very useful in vacuuming stairs etc. Throughly recommend this product.


The Art of BMW: 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence
The Art of BMW: 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence
by Peter Gantriis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and beautifully produced, 8 April 2014
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If you are a BMW Motorrad owner or enthusiast then this lovely book should be on your coffee table. Beautifully illustrated and with detailed text and historical background, the only disappointment was that some models of particular historical note are missed out.


No Time to Lose: Fast-moving World of Bill Ivy (Motor cycles & motorcycling)
No Time to Lose: Fast-moving World of Bill Ivy (Motor cycles & motorcycling)
by Alan Peck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story about a truly great rider, 8 April 2014
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Alan Peck, himself a motorcycle racer of some repute, knew Bill and had access to a great deal of original material. Backed up by meticulous research, this book is full of all the facts on Bill's life and career which was cut short so tragically. When allied with insightful anecdotes and a clear understanding of the politics of motorcycle racing at the time and in particular the duel between Ivy and Phil Read for the 1967 250cc World Championship then this makes for a fascinating read.


The Fast Stuff (paperback edition): Twenty years of top bike racing tales from the world's maddest motorsport
The Fast Stuff (paperback edition): Twenty years of top bike racing tales from the world's maddest motorsport
by Mat Oxley
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Oxley at his best!, 8 April 2014
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Matt Oxley writes for Motorsport which says a lot about him as a writer of some stature, as with that magazine's pedigree they wouldn't entertain some of the clowns who write for today's crop of motorcycle 'comics'. Oxley is a racer of some repute himself, and so he writes from an insider's perspective about the sport and its personalities over the last 20 years. The book is well written and although it dips into Matt's 'diaries' and writings and jumps from subject to subject, it is presented in chronological order and as such perhaps gives a better insight into the 'paddock' and what goes on behind the scenes than a straight forward historical 'who did what and when' would have done. Some swearing, but then its a tough sport peopled by nutters. If you like motorcycle racing, buy the book.


The British Motorcycle Story
The British Motorcycle Story
by Colin Jackson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, 8 April 2014
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No focus, very few bikes covered, very little text and too much money. Delivery was not the fastest either, so I won't be buying anything like this again


Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything
Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book on car icons from pre-eminent design writer, Stephen Bayley, 7 Oct. 2013
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If you are interested in cars and in Design, Art, Psycholgy, Philosophy then this book has it all - and is so well researched and written. Highly recommended


Champion: James Hunt [DVD]
Champion: James Hunt [DVD]
Dvd ~ Champion James Hunt
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £7.35

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, very entertaining, 17 July 2013
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Well James himself was very entertaining, wasn't he? I was fortunate enough to have known James quite well in his formative years and his early racing career and followed his career with great interest. This documentary about his struggle and determination to become World Champion is very well filmed and presented and is also an excellent history of that period of motor racing when it was so very much more dangerous than it is today. For all aficionados of F1 this is a must have for the collection!


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