LRM editor Dave Phillips shares some of his all-time favourite reads...
THE LAND ROVER FILE
PRICE: £20LAND ROVER Ben Fogle (ISBN: 978-0-00-819422-2)
Eric Dymock (ISBN: 0-9534 142-8-0)
Published in 2006, this book is similar to James Taylor’s 2007 volume featured left, in that it covers the marque’s history from 1947, but differs in that the information is presented in a more accessible format. It’s great for easy reference.
The subtitle of this gripping book is ‘The Story of the Car that Conquered the World’ but that doesn’t do justice to a volume which records Ben’s journey to meet some of the most fascinating and interesting Land Rover owners in order to tell the story of the car maker since 1947. These include many of LRM’s best friends, like Roger Crathorne, Phil Bashall, the Hammond family and Martin Sullivan, to name but a few. It also records Ben’s own journey as a Land Rover fanatic. He is a very grounded celebrity whose affection for Defenders and Series vehicles is long-standing and sincere. This book is a hardback of 327 pages, beautifully-produced by William Collins, with a price tag of just £20. Must-reading for every Land Rover fan.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF LAND ROVER Charlotte Morgan and Stan Fowler (ISBN: 978-1-906229-10-8)
This petite hard book does what it says on the tin. It’s only 127 pages, but when it was published in 2007 it only cost £6.95. It’s packed with facts on all Land Rovers up to that point and an easy reference book. Recommended.PRICE: £22.99
HAYNES SERVICE AND REPAIR MANUALS Various authors
I bought my first Haynes manual when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Well, nearly. Let’s just say after I bought my first car I did all my own servicing and minor repairs, with an oil-stained Haynes manual by my side. It’s been the same ever since and I’ve got a dozen or more Land Rover-related ones. I’ve even written one (Off-Road Driving Manual, ISBN: 978 0 87533 373 5). I can’t mention them all here, but two of my favourites cover Discovery 1 (Steve Rendle, Mark Coombs and RM Jex, ISBN: 1 85960 708 X) and Defender modifications (Lindsay Porter, ISBN: 978 0 85733 479 4). PRICE: £29.95LAND ROVER: 60 YEARS OF THE 4x4 WORKHORSE James Taylor (ISBN: 978-1-86126-965-2
Rover historian James Taylor has forgotten more about Land Rovers than most of us will ever know. I’ve got several books from this master of the minutiae, but this is a favourite. Factual, never stuffy.
LAND ROVERS OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS Jean and Dennis Crankshaw (ISBN: 978-0-99-521380-7)
Here’s something completely different: a 90-page softback featuring glorious colour images of the workhorses that are as common as sheep on this rugged outcrop of islands in the South Atlantic that will remain forever British. Read this book and you’ll probably realise why some folk reckoned the place was worth going to war for.PRICE: £19.99
SERIES II, IIA AND III MAINTENANCE MANUAL Richard Hall (ISBN:978-1-78500-135-2)
This Crowood hardback is written by Richard Hall, of Norfolk Garage fame. It is essential reading for owners of leaf-sprung Land Rovers built between 1958 and 1984PRICE: £47
VEHICLE-DEPENDENT EXPEDITION GUIDE Tom Sheppard (ISBN: 0-9532324-0-9)
If you thought the age of adventure died with the Victorian explorers, think again. Tom Sheppard is like a Boy’s Own hero come alive. The former RAF test pilot is a living legend who thinks nothing of jumping in his Land Rover and driving along across the planet’s most inhospitable places. When Tom goes on expedition, his life depends on meticulous preparation – which he shares in this remarkable book, first published in 1998. It’s big and it isn’t cheap, but it deserves a place in every Land Rover library.