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The Science of Supercars The technology that powers the greatest cars in the world

The Science of Supercars The technology that powers the greatest cars in the world

Author: Martin Roach, Neil Waterman, John Morrison Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Trace the evolution of the supercar through the technology that drives it. With an introduction by David Coulthard.This is the definitive story of the science behind the art of supercar design. Written by bestselling author Martin Roach and featuring bespoke technical illustrations from F1 insider Neil Waterman, plus contributions from the biggest names in the supercar world, including: Adrian Newey - legend of Formula 1 design Gordon Murray - creator of the McLaren F1 Achim Anscheidt - chief designer of the Bugatti Chiron Tony Hatter - Porsche design guru Horacio Pagani - founder of Pagani Nigel Mansell - Formula 1 world champion Christian von Koenigsegg - founder of Koenigsegg And many, many more. From the earliest supercharged monsters to the complex machines of today, The Science of Supercars traces the evolution of the supercar through the technology that powers it.

The Top Gear Story The Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show in the World

The Top Gear Story The Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show in the World

Author: Martin Roach Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2017

With Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May at the helm, Top Gear became a true global phenomenon. However, after the infamous `fracas' involving Clarkson and one of the show's producers, it's all change in the Top Gear universe. Top Gear's devoted viewers around the world (at its peak; 350 million in 170 countries) await its new incarnations with expectation, intrigue and some apprehension. It remains to be seen whether Clarkson, Hammond and May can re-create their old madcap genius on Amazon Prime, and the new BBC presenters have already had to deal with tabloid controversies and rumours. Whatever happens, it's going to make for fascinating viewing. This is an in-depth, fully up-to-date tribute to one of Britain's biggest TV exports and will be a must-read for any fan of the show.

Tribe Made in Britain A Personal History of British Subculture

Tribe Made in Britain A Personal History of British Subculture

Author: Martin Roach, Ian Snowball, Pete McKenna Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2015

From punks and teddy boys to mods and rockers, the last fifty years has seen the British Isles overrun with the iconic styles and attitudes - youthful 'tribes' changing the world with their bold new ideas. Britain's youth movements are regarded worldwide as pinnacles of musical, fashion and artistic expression. As a reaction to post-War austerity and social conservatism, the youth of Britain have consistently broken the mold, pioneering counter-culture movements across the world and shrugging off the shackles of old authority. The authors have amassed a wealth of exclusive interviews with key players from all the iconic groups, as well as stunning unpublished photographs from personal collections. The result is a beautifully produced visual and literary tribute to Britain's vibrant young underbelly and the passionate cauldron of creativity they continue to stir up.

The Supercar Book The Complete Guide to the Machines That Make Our Jaws Drop

The Supercar Book The Complete Guide to the Machines That Make Our Jaws Drop

Author: Martin Roach Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Fully illustrated throughout, The Supercar Book is a sumptuously designed guide full of everything you could ever want to know about the best supercars on the planet. From number-one bestselling author Martin Roach, The Supercar Book is a must-have for all boys and their dads (plus petrol-head girls and mums!) interested in fast cars. With an introduction from F1 racing legend David Coulthard, as well as contributions from the biggest names in the field, this tour de force starts with the iconic 1954 Mercedes Gullwing and races through each respective decade of supercar history, showcasing the very best and most important vehicles in this scintillating species. Featuring the landmark 10 game-changers that have defined the genre and highlighting dozens and dozens of supreme supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, McLaren and Porsche, get ready to be blown away by the beauty and power of these incredible vehicles. With a pre-history of the genre plus an excursion into American muscle cars, this comprehensive book takes us underneath the bonnets and peels back the bodywork of these mind-blowing machines, as well as exploring how supercar technology has affected everyday cars. The Supercar Book is a tour de force of the fastest, the most powerful and the most drop-dead gorgeous vehicles in supercar history. Jam-packed with almost 200 full-colour photographs, awe-inspiring statistics and exclusive interviews with supercar experts, and featuring every landmark star of the genre, this book is the ultimate guide for every supercar fanatic.

Top Gear Story The 100% Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show...In the World

Top Gear Story The 100% Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show...In the World

Author: Martin Roach Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2014

From humble beginnings as a 1970s motoring show, Top Gear has gone on to achieve diesel-powered world domination. After Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses, Top Gear returned to become the irreverent, funny and often controversial show we now know and love. The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig have all become staples of Britain's favourite Sunday evening entertainment. Recent series have been defined by their madcap challenges such as driving across Africa in clapped-out bangers - with predictably hilarious results. However, the show's most shocking moment came in 2006, when Hammond suffered serious head injuries while driving a Vampire turbojet drag racing car at over 300mph. Clarkson, Hammond and May; they are the politically-incorrect-joking, stone-washed-denim-wearing, bloke-hero trio for the modern(ish) age. This brilliant, detailed book is fitting tribute to the show, its presenters and its most memorable moments.

Top Gear Story The 100% Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show...In the World

Top Gear Story The 100% Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show...In the World

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

From humble beginning as a 1970s motoring show, Top Gear has achieved world domination. Reaching a peak in the 1990s thanks to presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the original series faced the axe in 2001 - but Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses and Top Gear returned to become the irrevernt, funny and often controversial show we now know and love. The addition of Richard Hammond and James May completed the Top Gear dream team and ratings soared as viewers tuned in to see the latest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, arguments ove the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig. Recent series have been defined by their madcap challenges - with predictably hilarious results. Hour-long specials such as the 1000-mile journey across the Africa in cars bought for only GBP1500, and a race to the magnetic North Pole in which Clarkson and May became the first people to drive a motor vehicle to the Pole, have cemented Top Gear's reputation as much more than just a motoring show. But the show's most shocking moment came in 2006, when Hammond suffered serious head injuries while driving a Vampire turbojet drag racing car at over 300mph.

Top Gear Story The 100% Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show...In the World

Top Gear Story The 100% Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show...In the World

Author: Martin Roach Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Reaching a peak in the 1990s thanks to presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the original series then faced the axe in 2001 - but Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses and Top Gear returned to become the irreverent, funny and often controversial show we now know and love. The addition of co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May completed the Top Gear dream team and ratings soared as viewers tuned in to see the latest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, arguments over the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig. Recent series have been defined by their madcap challenges, where Clarkson, Hammond and May have achieved such feats as building a convertible Renault Espace and taking part in the 24-hour Britcar race - with predictably hilarious results. Hour-long specials such as the 1000-mile journey across Africa in cars bought for only GBP1500, and a race to the magnetic North Pole in which Clarkson and May became the first people to drive a motor vehicle to the Pole while Richard Hammond joined a dog sled team, have cemented the Top Gear's reputation as much more than just a motoring show. But the show's most shocking moment came in 2006, when Hammond suffered serious head injuries while driving a Vampire turbojet drag racing car at over 300mph. Top Gear has long attracted criticism for its dangerous stunts and the presenters' controversial opinions, but thankfully 'the Hamster' made a full recovery and Top Gear has continued to pull in massive audiences across the world. This is the full story of the unstoppable rise of Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig - and how they have transformed an ordinary programme about cars into one of the most famous and best-loved TV programmes of the 21st century.

Viva Coldplay: A Biography

Viva Coldplay: A Biography

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Author Martin Roach reveals how the band members met, played their early gigs, financed their own early EPs and how, with four hit albums under their belt; they still continue to maintain a tight degree of control over their output. Featuring insights into Coldplay's professional insecurities and anxieties and the notoriously angst-ridden personality of lead vocalist Chris Martin, this is an in-depth portrait of one of Britain's most successful bands of the new millennium. Fully illustrated and including a comprehensive discography.

Prodigy - Electronic Punks The Early Years 1988-1994

Prodigy - Electronic Punks The Early Years 1988-1994

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2010

The Prodigy have sold 25 million records and single-handedly reinvented the crossover between dance and rock music, with legendary songs such as 'Firestarter', 'Omen' and 'Breathe'. However, long before they became a stadium-filling rock monster, The Prodigy were prowling the underground of the UK rave scene, first as a blistering demo of tunes by the 'prodigious' teenage Liam Howlett, then latterly with their breakthrough masterpiece, Music for the Jilter Generation. Martin Roach was present throughout the band's early years and documented their rise to fame from the underground into the bright lights of music superstardom. Containing hours and hours of exclusive interviews, the book chronicles the band's early years in minute detail, speaking the each band member and all the key playes along the way. With a new introduction and fresh interview with band members putting these classic early phase in the context of their historically important career, this book is a must-buy for the millions for Prodigy fans eager to learn about the band's formative days.

The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums

The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

From Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band to Zoom by ELO, this indispensable, innovatively designed book celebrates fifty years of British album charts, telling you everything you could possibly want to know about every album to reach the Top 100. With new feature material covering a huge range of areas, bands and history, it's an essential part of any serious music fan's collection. The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums covers everything, from the classics (Sgt Pepper, Nevermind, The Dark Side of the Moon) to the dodgy (Spiceworld, Seriously Orchestra) and the downright bizarre (Smurfs Go Pop!, Seventies Dinner Party). Where else are you going to find out that: Bridge over Troubled Water spent 307 weeks in the charts Pavarotti has topped the album charts - twice Lily Allen went triple-platinum in 2006 with Alright, Still Oasis sold 356,000 copies of Be Here Now in one day alone Both Gary Glitter and Mariah Carey released an album called Glitter Donny Osmond has never made it to No. 1 in the album charts

The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles

The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2008

From Arctic Monkeys and ABBA to the Zutons and Ziggy Stardust, from 'Anarchy in the UK' to 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah' - and over 30,000 hit singles in between - this collector's must-have contains everything you could possibly want to know about every single to reach the charts since 1952. Packed full of charts, lists, facts and timelines as well as up-to-date information, extensive cross references and analysis from Martin Roach this is the perfect book for music buffs, downloaders glued to iPods and budding Mark Ronsons. This new edition, previously published by Guinness World Records, is the first to be published under the Virgin brand with a whole new look. With new feature material covering a huge range of areas, bands and history from industry-insider Martin Roach, it's an essential part of any serious music fan's collection.

Damon Albarn Blur , The Gorillaz and Other Fables

Damon Albarn Blur , The Gorillaz and Other Fables

Author: Martin Roach, David Nolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2007

Damon Albarn was the frontman of Blur and the face of Britpop. While his peers have gradually fallen by the wayside, Albarn has survived Britpop to completely re-invent himself as the mastermind behind the global phenomenon that is The Gorillaz. With his eclectic solo projects - such as the currently much-revered The Good , The Bad and the Queen - he has proven that he is one of British music's most respected, innovative and important personalities. This book - the first ever biography of Albarn - covers his multiple musical personas in depth, with first-hand interviews by those close to Albarn in his formative years, as well as social and musical context that covers the Britpop era and Albarn's re-emergence as the Godfather to the i-Pod generation.

The Eight Legged Atomic Dustbin Will Eat Itself

The Eight Legged Atomic Dustbin Will Eat Itself

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2006

This is a fully updated, revised and expanded edition of the book that Vox magazine called 'a phenomenon' on its publication in 1992. With all three of the Stourbridge bands - The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself and Ned's Atomic Dustbin - having recently reformed, due to public demand, this book brings the history of this unique music scene up-to-date. Extensive interviews with band members reveal what they have been up to throughout the thirteen years since this book's first publication, including writing Hollywood soundtracks and running record companies. A comprehensive chronicle of all their record releases to date and massive histories of each band complete this third edition. With an introduction by the movement's most famous face - Miles Hunt, singer of 'The Size of a Cow' and 'Dizzy' with Vic Reeves, this essential tome will be a must-have book for thousands of the bands' fans.

Music: Facts And Trivia

Music: Facts And Trivia

Author: Martin Roach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2004

Music: Facts and Trivia is the book you've been looking for. A massive compendium of intriguing, unbelievable, absurd, surprising and shocking facts from the world of music. This fun and infromative book is an easy-to-read goldmine - dipping into it will delight music lovers, fact-finders and anyone excited by a passion for miscellany.