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Transport Books

  • VANL
    Foster Huntington
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Foster Huntingdon is the 'vandweller' who created the #vanlife hashtag. After sharing many photographs of his adventures while travelling the country living in his van, he found there was a whole community of like-minded individuals who love exploring nature at their own pace.

    This book is packed with crowd-sourced photographs of beaches, forests and rocky mountains (many of which have never been seen before) that Foster has taken on his travels and will inspire you to ditch the conventional way of life and enjoy the freedom and adventure of life on the road.
  • GRDT
    • £7.99
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    Part-travel companion, part factually dubious encyclopedia and part scrapbook of a travelling circus, this The Grand Tour book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show.

    Inspired by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May's travels filming the show, it's full of not-entirely serious guides to the countries they visited and also has them offering hints and tips on packing, passing through airports and breaking the language barrier.

    As well as the three presenters' unique takes on all the places they have visited, there are plenty of facts about cars for petrolheads to pore over.
  • EVOA
    Evo Magazine
    • £8.99
    • RRP £25.00
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    Inspired by Evo magazine, this keepsake hardback is a brilliant celebration of Aston Martin and its glorious history.

    With features on 60 of the greatest Astons of all time, this book has first-hand reviews of various cars, behind-the-wheel reports, technical information and performance stats - and it's all accompanied by completely jaw-dropping photography.

    There's also a special feature focusing on the iconic James Bond cars including Goldfinger's DB5 and Spectre's DB10. This is the perfect gift for petrolheads or anyone who loves the iconic Aston Martin brand.
  • FRAI
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Historian Bill Laws celebrates the impact that railways have had on the history of the world in this eye-opening book.

    Beautifully presented, it explains how the likes of the Metropolitan line of the London Underground (the world's first underground railway) and the Pacific Railroad in North America (the first transcontinental railways) had a major impact on modern civilisation.

    Each railway featured in this book is judged by its influence on engineering, society, commerce, politics and the military, while famous figures including George Stephenson, Doctor Richard Beeching and Rev. W.W. Awdry are also critiqued.
  • BSRW
    Simon Jenkins
    • £11.99
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    Simon Jenkins, the author of Britain's 1000 Best Churches, turns his attention to railways in this rail-ly good book. He's travelled all over the country to select the best ones and talks about them with insight and authority.

    Simon is the founder of the Railway Heritage Trust and his passion is second to none. He reveals each station's history, geography, design and significance and how they have impacted on social history.

    Railways are a place where people come, go, meet, greet and part. They're also a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the engineers, architects and companies that have built them.
  • JRNY
    • £10.99
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    All the way from Ancient Persian couriers to the invention of Concorde and journeys into space, this coffee table book provides an illustrated account of human's greatest journeys.

    With a foreword by Simon Reeve, it's a fantastic book for every armchair historian and reveals how journeys range from manners of impulse to migration and hunts for food. It even focuses on quests for adventure and pilgrimages made out of scientific curiosity.

    Covering all of humanity's most famous, significant and thrilling journeys, this book has biographies of conquerers, explores and travellers.
  • HTLP
    Mark Vanhoenacker
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Written by Mark Vanhoenacker, a senior first officer for British Airways, How to Land a Plane is a book that tells you how to get in the cockpit and take the controls of any aeroplane.

    Mark invites you to be captain as he talks through the nitty-gritty of an approach and a touchdown. He also explains our understanding of flight from the ground up (or rather, from the sky down) as he reveals all the ins and outs of this incredibly challenging and rewarding achievement of humanity.

    Short, humorous and spiritual, this book makes flying more fun and accessible before. You'll learn the difference between 'controls' and 'instruments' and be able to notice the breathtaking beauty of amazing cloudscapes and stunning sunsets from up above.
  • SPST
    Jacky Hyams
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    Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this book is packed with tales of courage, heartbreak and humour set against the Spitfire's extraordinary history.

    Based on documents, letters, stories, photographs and articles from the museum's archives, it also uses interviews with designers, engineers, mechanics, ground staff and pilots to explain how this magnificent flying machine helped Britain to victory.

    The most famous plane of World War II and a source of national pride, the Spitfire is one of the most iconic aviation images of all time. This book celebrates the achievements of the people in charge of these planes.
  • HYBR
    Julian Holland
    • £7.99
    • RRP £30.00
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    From the development of Britain's railways in 1603 through to the present day, this book is endlessly fascinating. Drawing on a lifetime of railway research, Julian Holland offers a first-class commentary complete with photographs and archive material.

    Showing how Britain has claimed many achievements including the first steam railway locomotive, the first inter-city railway and the world speed record for steam in 1938 (126mph, in case you were wondering).

    The book also looks at trains and railways' effect on the Great Victorian Age and the early 20th century before its nationalisation and modernisation from 1948 onwards. It also covers the Beeching Report in detail and the privatisation of the high-speed railways in the 1990s.
  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
  • HDRV
    • £5.99
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    Who better to provide ultimate driving advice than The Stig? In How to Drive, Ben Collins, BBC Top Gear's former in-house speed demon and stunt driver for the likes of James Bond and Batman (not a bad CV!), provides drivers with all of the need-to-know information they didn't learn to pass their driving test.

    Honing his skills in just about every class of driving imaginable - from Formula 3 to Le Mans 24 and American stock car racing - this highly entertaining book reveals all on how to make you a better, safer and more economical driver, making day-to-day driving a lot more of an enjoyable experience.

    Packed with illustrations, gobsmacking anecdotes and track-honed advice from controlling a skid to smooth-like-butter gear changes, How to Drive is a funny, witty and wise book for anyone who wants (or needs) to become a better driver.
  • SMLT
    Chris Arnot
    • £4.99
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    Eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot's incredible and informative book provides an exploration of the joys and idiosyncrasies of Britain's one-off narrow-gauge railway lines.

    He talks about a miniature railway on the Kent coast that was once used for Home Guard military trains during World War II and is now a school commute for dozens of children; the UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway that scales one of Britain's highest mountains (Snowdon); and even five different gauges of railway that circle one man's landscaped garden.

    Chris explains why narrow-gauge railways are so revered and talks about their various roles in preservation, volunteerism, tourism and local history. He also explores why they draw such enthusiasm from so many.
  • FGTJ
    Anthony Lambert
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Travel writer Anthony Lambert showcases a diverse and exciting selection of train journeys that are just the ticket in this celebratory book.

    Carefully chosen and full of character, the journeys range from the Orient Express to the Trans-Siberian railway and also include those closer to home including one that travels through North Yorkshire's Esk Valley and the Inverness to Wick and Thurso route.

    An unmissable selection for any traveller who loves their journey as much as the destination, Lambert talks about each route's sublime scenery and history in detail.
  • LGWB
    Charley Boorman
    • £5.99
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    Famed for his love of motorcycles, Charley Boorman suffered a major road accident in Portugal in February, 2016. Having spent so much of his life on two wheels, the crash left him with a smashed right ankle, severe damage to his left fibia and tibia and serious concerns over whether he would be able to ride a motorbike again...

    Long Way Back is the emotional story of his rehabilitation. He reveals how he was unsure if he'd ever be able to walk properly and recalls everything from the ambulance ride to the Portuguese hospital where operations took place and even the medivac flight back to London.

    Written in alternating chapters during the time he was unable to walk, Charley also provides an introspective account of his childhood and aspiring love of motorbikes and all the formative influences of his life including his touring film director father, long-time friend Ewan McGregor and Jason Connery (Sean's son), the man who introduced him to bikes.
  • GRBC
    Stephen Barnett
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    This delightful book will take any car enthusiast on a nostalgic road trip back in time to the 1950s and 1970s - a time often regarded as the golden age of motoring.

    Featuring illustrated images and descriptions of cars including the Ford Zephyr, Hillman Imp, Triumph Herald, Ford Capri, Vauxhall Viva and, of course, the Morris Minor 1000, this book celebrates cars that are now not often seen on our roads as well as those that have stood the test of time.
  • GCRJ
    Rt Hon Michael Portillo
    • £3.99
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    All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo.

    Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous.

    From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.
  • CWWA
    • £6.99
    • RRP £19.99
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    With cross-section drawings taken direct from the official Flight and The Aeroplane archives, Classic World War II: Aircraft Cutaways is a must for anyone interested in history and aeronautical engineering.

    Alongside each of the illustrations is some detailed text for each type of aircraft. It covers the history and evaluates the drawing. There are even 12 vehicles displayed on pull-out, double-page gatefolds!

    Telling you everything you could ever want to know about the planes that flew during the Second World War, this keepsake book also features archive photography Aeroplane Montly.
  • TOCL
    Time Out Guides Ltd.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Combining 25 great bike rides for all abilities in and around London, this is the book for anyone who loves to get on their bike and discover more about their surroundings.

    Celebrating the pleasures of road cycling, the journeys are organised according to types of bike riding - from commuting to family afternoons out to weekend excursions.

    Taking you into the centre of London and beyond, the book also includes rides, bike and kit advice so you can make the most of your fantastic journeys.
  • IOTM
    Paul Archer
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Taxi! This hardback book tells the astonishing story of three mates, the taxi they drunkenly purchased and a 43,000 mile-round trip of global misadventure.

    Like many, Paul, Johno and Leigh had plans to travel the world. Little did they know that when they bought themselves a London cab, they'd end up embarking on a journey that took them off the beaten track to some of the most fascinating, dangerous and deadly places on Earth.

    From altercations with the Iranian Secret Police to a terrifying experience with the Taliban, the trio had all kinds of experiences on their fantastic, thrilling and dangerous journey. They even managed to break two World Records along the way!

    With its crazy premise and some colourful language, this highly entertaining and quirky memoir will delight fans of Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace.
    • £19.89
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    An action-packed ride through the history of the motorbike "The Motorbike Book" is all about the men, machines and landmark technology behind the most iconic bikes from ACE to Zundapp. Featuring over 1,000 of the latest and greatest motorbikes in the world this is an amazing visual guide tracing their evolution from the 1910s right up to the superbikes of today. All about the grit and the glory, "The Motorbike Book" takes a truly international view from Italy's Ducati to Japan's Suzuki and tells you just how famous marques like Honda and Harley-Davidson became household names. Plus, go on a virtual tour inside the engines of some of these legendary bikes to see just what powers their performance. If you're born to be wild then "The Motorbike Book" is the ultimate ride for you.
    Mark Vanhoenacker
    • £7.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Sunday Times Bestseller. Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love. 'Mark Vanhoenacker has written the ideal book: a description of what it's like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist and a deeply sensitive human being. This is a man who is at once a technical expert - he flies 747s across continents - and a poet of the skies. This couldn't be more highly recommended". (Alain de Botton).
    Martin Dorey
    • £16.00
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    The Camper Van Bible is THE definitive glovebox bible for anyone who owns or 'would die for' a camper van. In this book Martin Dorey, acknowledged camper van expert and presenter of BBC2's 'One Man and His Campervan', delves headfirst into the nitty gritty of camping and camper vans. The book covers all aspects of the camper van life, including: - Owning and living day to day with a camper van (LIVE) - Cooking and eating in your camper (EAT) - Sleeping in your camper (SLEEP) - Keeping you and your van going (REPEAT) Packed with stunning photography, and oodles of vital, definitive and authoritative information, plus some tasty recipes too, this book will be essential for both dreamers and do-ers alike. It will appeal to all areas of the market, from the Classic VW owners and the owners of modern VWs to owners of all makes of camper vans, smaller motorhomes, and the tented camper markets too. Heed the advice, drool over the pictures. Then go and do it.
    Philip Whiteman
    • £22.89
    • RRP £25.00
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    An action-packed ride through the history of aircraft. "The Aircraft Book" is all about the men, machines, and landmark technology behind the most iconic aircraft from the Supermarine Spitfire to the Concorde. Featuring over 1,000 of the greatest military and commercial aircraft in the world, this is an amazing visual guide tracing their evolution over the past 10 decades. A captivating, international view of aircraft through time from Germany's Zeppelins to the USA's "Blackbird" with histories of how famous marques like Boeing and Lockheed came to be household names. Plus, go on a virtual tour inside the engines of some of the legendary planes to see just what powers their performance. "The Aircraft Book" is essential for aviation buffs, covering the enduring impact that aircraft has on society as an object of curiosity, a symbol of luxury, and an essential weapon of war.
    Terry Darlington
    • £8.89
    • RRP £8.99
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    'We could bore ourselves to death, drink ourselves to death, or have a bit of an adventure...' When they retired, Terry and Monica Darlington decided to sail their canal narrow boat across the Channel and down to the Mediterranean, together with their whippet Jim. They took advice from experts, who said they would die, together with their whippet Jim. On the Phyllis May, you dive through six-foot waves in the Channel, are swept down the terrible Rhone, and fight for your life in a storm among the flamingos of the Camargue. You meet the French nobody meets - poets, captains, historians, drunks, bargees, men with guns, scholars, madmen - they all want to know the people on the painted boat and their narrow dog. You visit the France nobody knows - the backwaters of Flanders, the canals beneath Paris, the heavenly Yonne, the lost Burgundy Canal, the islands of the Saone, and the forbidden ways to the Mediterranean. Aliens, dicks, trolls, vandals, gongoozlers, killer fish and the walking dead all stand between our three innocents and their goal - many-towered Carcassonne.