Motoring Books

Buckle up for a thrilling ride – if you’re into racing, racers, cars and bikes, these books with vehicular va-va-voom will get your motor running.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Author: Ben Collins Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2021

From bestselling author, racer and stunt driver Ben Collins - the man who was The Stig - comes a story of spies, speed and hard-driving genius: a driver's love letter to one of the world's best-loved machines. Aston Martin's first, wickedly fast models were forged at a time when Ferrari's premises at Maranello was nothing but a ploughed field. This book celebrates a century of innovators who kept the fire burning brightly for over a century, from the visionary pioneers Martin and Bamford to modern-day design guru Adrian Newey; from a glamorous web of pre- and post-war spies and racing drivers, to David Brown and the achingly beautiful DB models beloved of Bonds past and present. Ben Collins explores the car with the double-o prefix from a unique perspective behind the wheel, carving through country lanes in his father's V8 Vantage, driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies and competing against them in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race. Ultimately, this is a very British success story: of a triumph of engineering that has burned brightly from the Roaring 20s to the 2020s, and an iconic car that never says die.

Broken Alliances Inside the Rise and Fall of a Global Automotive Empire

Broken Alliances Inside the Rise and Fall of a Global Automotive Empire

Author: Carlos Ghosn, Philippe Ries Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2021

A detailed exploration into the dramatic removal of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn in 2019. ‘Broken Alliances Inside the Rise and Fall of a Global Automotive Empire’ by Carlos Ghosn, Philippe Ries provides an incredibly detailed insight into the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and the events which led to Ghosn becoming the most famous fugitive on the planet when her fled house arrest in Japan. I was previously vaguely aware of Carlos Ghosn, but the full details of this scandal and shock-filled story had passed me by. I found this book to be incredibly well researched and laid out in a way that someone less familiar with the story could follow. The personal insight from Carlos Ghosn added an extra dimension to the clear and comprehensive context and narrative. The mix of business, industry, politics and national identity is a heady one, with lots of parts in play and potential for pitfalls throughout this Franco-japanese alliance. Perhaps from naivety, I was surprised that the respective governments are so involved in the car manufacturing industry and even more shocked at the workings of the Japanese judicial system throughout ‘Broken Alliances’. An alliance between car manufacturers saved Nissan in the 1990s, but when the companies began to show promise, with expansion led by Ghosn from US, China and Russia to Brazil, Morocco and Thailand, it would seem that Japan wants its companies back, by any means at its disposal. An enlightening and shocking look into a modern business and motoring history that is a must read for any motoring enthusiast. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

Indie Books We Love
Diddly Squat

Diddly Squat

Author: Jeremy Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

Love him or loathe him, you cannot help but be sucked into the shenanigans at Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm. An unlikely farmer, in June 2021 Clarkson's TV series Clarkson's Farm, documenting an intense, tough but funny year at his farm in the Cotswolds, debuted on Amazon Prime Video. If you read the Sunday Times, you will have already read this book as the content first appeared in his column. If not, grab your wellies and join new eco-warrior Clarkson on his voyage of discovery through the farming calendar, in the year he decided to actually do something on the sprawling thousand acre farm he bought in 2008 as he learns to become a farmer. The repetition from the columns are a little frustrating but nevertheless it's a funny book with lots of take outs. Following his attempts to become the potato king of Chipping Norton, we see the brutal reality of full-on vegetable farming, his attempt at doing a "Morgan Freeman" with bees and how the farming lifestyle becomes part of him, despite it paying him forty pence a day.

Don't Stop Me Now

Don't Stop Me Now

Author: Jeremy Clarkson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Jeremy Clarkson knows thereâs more to life than cars. There is, after all, a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered. So, before he gets on to torque steer and active suspension, heâd like to take a little time to consider the bigger picture. Donât worry, weâll get to the car bit in the end, but before we do, we'll learn about: The unfortunate collapse of the British empire... Why Galapagos tortoises are all mental... France reduced to the size of a small coconut... Why Jeremy Paxman and the bass guitarist of AC/DC arenât so very different... The problems of being English... And Godâs most stupid creation...  Then there are the cars: Whether itâs the poxiest little runabout or an exotic, firebreathing supercar, no one else writes about cars like Jeremy. Unmoved by official claims and uninterested in press junkets, anything on four wheels is approached without fear or favour. What emerges from the ashes is not always pretty. But it is, invariably, very, very funny.

eBooks of the Month
Grease Junkie A book of moving parts

Grease Junkie A book of moving parts

Author: Edd China Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. As you'll discover in his incomparable memoir, inventor, mechanic, TV presenter and walking tall as the definition of the British eccentric, Edd China sees things differently. An unstoppable enthusiast from an early age, Edd had 35 ongoing car projects while he was at university, not counting the double-decker bus he was living in. Now he's a man with not only a runaround sofa, but also a road-legal office, shed, bed and bathroom. His first car was a more conventional 1303 Texas yellow Beetle, the start of an ongoing love affair with VW, even though it got him arrested for attempted armed robbery. A human volcano of ideas and the ingenuity to make them happen, Edd is exhilarating company. Join him on his wild, wheeled adventures; see inside his engineering heroics; go behind the scenes on Wheeler Dealers. Climb aboard his giant motorised shopping trolley, and let him take you into his parallel universe of possibility.

Just One More Drive

Just One More Drive

Author: Robert James O’Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2021

Personal memoirs are complex to write and often hard to read.  Some fall at the first hurdle by coming across as self obsessed, the author expecting readers to buy into a sort of self-therapy in print. Others can be too revelatory, when the author has failed to exercise any sense of self-editing and allows the urge to confess all, or explain minutiae, to get in the way of the wider story. They can, at worst, be self-indulgent tracts, of interest only to the writer. Robert James’ O’Brien’s wonderful Just One More Drive is none of those. It is a searingly honest, wonderfully written story of O’Brien’s metamorphosis from stuttering adolescent and confused pubescent in Ireland to becoming the man he hoped he could and always wanted to be. What makes this a really special account of one man’s discovery of his true self, is O’Brien’s ability to tell his story with admirable sensitivity to the people he lives with, works with and knows, but also to himself. He depicts his strong early sense of himself and his potential, and describes the frustration and self awareness of not being that person with such clarity that, from the very first chapter, you will be willing him to succeed, urging him to leap the hurdles that life has put in his path. And then there are the cars. From the Mini he owned on passing his driving test to the growling BMW beast he tames as he takes control of himself and his life, they appear throughout as avatars of his self-perceived status and mark the yardsticks of success on his path to self-discovery and self-assuredness. At its core this is a touching testimony of one man’s triumphs in his struggles, both of himself and for himself. It is, to use that much over used term, a “journey” on many levels and as you get to know him and how he thinks it will have you cheering him on, with every heart-warming page.

The Car Book

The Car Book

Author: DK Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2022

Strap yourself in for an unforgettable ride through motoring history! From the earliest horseless carriage to the modern supercar, this lavishly illustrated history of the automobile is packed with everything you need to know about classic cars through the ages. Filled with stunning photography, and featuring more than 2,000 models, The Car Book shows you how cars have evolved around the world over the last 130 years, and their impact on society as objects of curiosity, status symbols, and items of necessity. Journey back into automotive history and you will find: -In-depth profiles highlighting the most important cars of each period -Virtual photographic tours of some of the most iconic cars from the Ferrari F40 to the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost -A decade-by-decade history told in stunning visual detail -Illustrated feature spreads detailing the evolution of legendary brands from Aston Martin, to Porsche and Cadillac -A timeline of the milestone developments in car manufacturing and technology See the world's most innovative machines come to life! From India's Hindustan Ambassador to Italy's Fiat 500, this book will transport you all over the world, taking a truly international view of the greatest cars through time. Immerse yourself in the stories of the people and companies at the heart of the billion-dollar motoring industry. Covering sports cars, convertibles, and today's environmentally-friendly electric models, no other car catalogue provides such a comprehensive picture of the car world. This new and improved edition includes hybrid and electric cars, as well as looking forward to the driverless technologies of tomorrow. So buckle-up and get ready for the journey of a lifetime! The ultimate gift for anyone interested in cars, motoring, and motor racing, this iconic celebration of automotive design is sure to inform and amaze all readers. Interested in all things transit and travel? There's more to discover in this epic series from DK Books! Take an action-packed flight through the history of air travel in Aircraft, and be inspired by the world's most renowned rail routes in Train.

The official highway code

The official highway code

Author: Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, Great Britain: Department for Transport Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2022

The Official Highway Code remains essential reading for any road user. Many rules are a legal requirement and, if you disobey them, you're committing a criminal offence. Make sure you have the latest copy. • New rules on the hierarchy of road users - This means the introduction of new responsibilities towards more vulnerable road users, to keep them safe on the road. These will be known by the ‘H’ rules. • Junctions - You should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road that you’re turning into. • Parking Laws - New rules around parking on pavements. • Source material - The Official Highway Code remains one of the source materials for all theory tests. Keep safe, make sure you're up to date with the latest rules of the road. Avoid penalties and fines by getting the latest copy of The Official Highway Code.

The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

Author: Egan Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2020

You love him. You trust him. YOU CAN'T ESCAPE HIM. Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband, Rob. She's found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life. But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she'll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open. They know Mia had reason to hate her ex-husband, but she's not the only one. Plenty of people wanted Rob Creavy dead, not least his new wife, Rachel. What they don't know is that Mia has a secret, one she's desperate to protect. But someone else knows. Someone with very dark secrets of their own . . . A claustrophobic, twisty psychological thriller about love, trauma and revenge - perfect for fans of, THE HOLIDAY, SOMETHING IN THE WATER and THE WOMAN IN CABIN TEN. 

The World According to Clarkson

The World According to Clarkson

Author: Jeremy Clarkson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2005

Jeremy Clarkson shares his opinions on just about everything in The World According to Clarkson. Jeremy Clarkson has seen rather more of the world than most. He has, as they say, been around a bit. And as a result, he's got one or two things to tell us about how it all works; and being Jeremy Clarkson he's not about to voice them quietly, humbly and without great dollops of humour. In The World According to Clarkson, he reveals why it is that: Too much science is bad for our health '70s rock music is nothing to be ashamed of Hunting foxes while drunk and wearing night-sights is neither big nor clever We must work harder to get rid of cricket He likes the Germans (well, sometimes). With a strong dose of common sense that is rarely, if ever, found inside the M25, Clarkson hilariously attacks the pompous, the ridiculous, the absurd and the downright idiotic, whilst also celebrating the eccentric, the clever and the sheer bloody brilliant. Less a manifesto for living and more a road map to modern life, The World According to Clarkson is the funniest book you'll read this year. Don't leave home without it.

Top Gear Ultimate Supercars

Top Gear Ultimate Supercars

Author: Jason Barlow Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Guaranteed to rev the engines of car fans everywhere. Supercars are the purest and most extreme expression of automotive performance there is - and no one knows the territory better than the TopGear team. With ever-increasing power outputs, radical new designs, and eye-popping price tags, this book is a celebration of the supercar in all its fabulous glory. Supercars also brings this incredibly fast-moving, hi-octane world bang up to date. The world's best writers and photographers explore the latest developments in thrilling style - from the new generation of pure-electric cars that have raised the bar for zero emissions performance, to the crazy machines hell-bent on breaking the 300mph barrier,  this is TopGear Supercars. Buckle up. Are you ready?