• Vehicle maintenance & manuals

      The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure

      A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practical Use of the Point and Figure Charting Method

      by Jeremy. Du Plessis

    • Motor cars: general interest
      May 2011

      London Taxis - A Full History

      by Bill Munro

      An illustrated history of London taxis.

    • Fiction
      May 2013

      Hazardous Material

      by Kurt Kamm

      A firefighter battles a his own painkiller addiction and the infamous Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang. When he joins the Sheriff s Department in a drone search for a meth lab in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, an enigmatic aerospace scientist joins the intrigue. Firefighting, hazardous materials, illicit drugs and aerospace technology are brought together in the fourth in a series of firefighter mysteries by award winning author Kurt Kamm

    • Medicine

      The Psychedelic Traveller

      Short Stories

      by ANTHONY JAMES

      A collection of short stories from adventures and fantastic imaginings aroud the world. Each story is set in a different country, from Brazil to Siberia, from new Zealand to India. Each story is a cameo in itself, each one of a different mood, be it playful, or dark, of conflict or good humour. Stories will remind those who travel widely of the pitfalls and opportunities and remind all the readers that there is nothing more wonderful than this wonderful world and the ppeople in it.

    • Buses, trams & commercial vehicles: general interest
      July 2016

      From a Nickel to a Token

      The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA

      by Andrew J. Sparberg

      Streetcars “are as dead as sailing ships,” said Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in a radio speech, two days before Madison Avenue’s streetcars yielded to buses. LaGuardia was determined to eliminate streetcars, demolish pre-1900 elevated lines, and unify the subway system, a goal that became reality in 1940 when the separate IRT, BMT, and IND became one giant system under full public control. In this fascinating micro-history of New York’s transit system, Andrew Sparberg examines twenty specific events between 1940 and 1968, book ended by subway unification and the MTA’s creation. From a Nickel to a Token depicts a potpourri of well-remembered, partially forgotten, and totally obscure happenings drawn from the historical tapestry of New York mass transit. Sparberg deftly captures five boroughs of grit, chaos, and emotion grappling with a massive and unwieldy transit system. During these decades, the system morphed into today’s familiar network. The public sector absorbed most private surface lines operating within the five boroughs, and buses completely replaced streetcars. Elevated lines were demolished, replaced by subways or, along Manhattan’s Third Avenue, not at all. Beyond the unification of the IND, IRT, and BMT, strategic track connections were built between lines to allow a more flexible and unified operation. The oldest subway routes received much needed rehabilitation. Thousands of new subway cars and buses were purchased. The sacred nickel fare barrier was broken, and by 1968 a ride cost twenty cents. From LaGuardia to Lindsay, mayors devoted much energy to solving transit problems, keeping fares low, and appeasing voters, fellow elected officials, transit management, and labor leaders. Simultaneously, American society was experiencing tumultuous times, manifested by labor disputes, economic pressures, and civil rights protests. Featuring many photos never before published, From a Nickel to a Token is a historical trip back in time to a multitude of important events.

    • Photographs: collections
      September 2019

      Classic Cars

      A Century of Masterpieces

      by Simon de Burton, Foreword by Robert Coucher

      Simon de Burton journeys through some of the most coveted cars of the twentieth century. From the Alfa Romeo 6C to the Porsche 996 GT3, the author has chosen cars from each decade from the 1930s to the end of the twentieth century, his choices made from the perspective of the enthusiast and collector. All are considered 'milestone' cars and all have risen substantially in value in the past five to ten years. They are not all necessarily the fastest, rarest or most valuable cars, but they are all highly significant and highly regarded. These are the cars that should have been bought when they were new and kept for the future - now that they are truly desired. Features cars from across the varied spans of time, price and purpose, including: Lancia Lambda, Austin Seven, Volkswagen Beetle, Jaguar C-Type, Citroen DS19, Ford Mustang, DeLorean DMC 12, McLaren F1.

    • Motorcycles: general interest
      August 2012

      THE ULTIMATE HARLEY-DAVIDSON

      A comprehensive encyclopedia of AmericaÔøΩs dream machine: developments, specifications and design history with 570 photographs

      by Mac McDiarmid

      This book celebrates the most famous motorcycle in the world, from its nuts and bolts, to its cultural significance as a true American icon. Appealing to enthusiasts, riders, historians and collectors, the book covers the history of the machine, from its simple origins, through its rise to become the largest motorcycle company in the world, to its bankruptcy and near demise in the 1980s, and to its eventual rebirth in the 1990s. It includes a comprehensive and chronological illustrated directory of every Harley model ever produced. Packed with informative text and over 570 photographs, the book captures the spirit of this legendary motorcycle. THE ULTIMATE HARLEY-DAVIDSON A comprehensive encyclopedia of America s dream machine: developments, specifications and design history with 570 photographs Mac McDiarmid CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Tractors & farm vehicles: general interest
      March 2013

      The Encyclopaedia of Tractors & Farm Machinery

      An informative history and comprehensive directory of tractors around the world with full coverage of all the great marques, designers and manufacturers

      by John Carroll

      The history of the tractor is one of rapid development, from the turn of the 20th century when it was a substitute for the horse, to today s sophisticated machines which boast a range of technologically advanced equipment. This fact-packed encyclopedia charts this exceptional history, the machines and their manufacturers. Each vehicle is illustrated with archive material or photography, together with specification boxes detailing engine capacity, power, transmission and weight. Including an international overview of farm machinery around the world, this volume forms a highly comprehensive tractor bible the only book on the subject that anyone will ever need. THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TRACTORS & FARM MACHINERY An informative history and comprehensive directory of tractors around the world with full coverage of all the great marques, designers and manufacturers John Carroll CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Tractors & farm vehicles: general interest
      January 2018

      TRACTORS & FARM MACHINERY

      A comprehensive directory of tractors from around the world including the great marques and manufacturers

      by John Carroll

      The history of the tractor is one of rapid development, from the turn of the 20th century when it was a substitute for the horse, to today's sophisticated machines which boast a range of technologically advanced equipment. This fact-packed encyclopedia charts this exceptional history, the machines and their manufacturers. Each vehicle is illustrated with archive material or photography, together with specification boxes detailing engine capacity, power, transmission and weight. Including an international overview of farm machinery around the world, this volume forms a highly comprehensive tractor encyclopedia that all enthusiasts will want to own.

    • Motor cars: general interest
      September 2015

      CLASSIC BRITISH CARS

      The golden age of the British car, featuring over 80 machines shown in 170 photographs

      by Graham Robson Michael Ware

      This book covers the first century of the British car industry. Divided into four chronological sections Veteran Era; Vintage and Thoroughbred; The Classic Years; and Modern-Day Classic it profiles over 80 of the best-loved cars of Great Britain. From the Arnold-Benz and Arrol-Johnston Dogcart to the McLaren F1 and MG MGF, the book shows just how dramatically automobile technology has developed. Each entry tells the complete story of the model, from its design and development all the way through to its production. Illustrated with superb photographs from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, this book is essential reading for every motor enthusiast. CLASSIC BRITISH CARS The golden age of the British car, featuring over 80 machines shown in 170 photographs Graham Robson and Michael Ware

    • Motorcycles: general interest
      January 2016

      HARLEY-DAVIDSON

      The most revered motorcycle in the world shown in over 570 glorious photographs

      by Mac McDiarmid

      The Harley-Davidson motorcyle is the stuff of myth and legend - a true American icon for generations of thrill-seekers. This book charts the history and evolution of the company and the machine, from its humble beginnings to the present day, and features a chronological guide to every Harley model produced, from the 1906 Silent Gray Fellow to the VR1000 superbike. It includes photographs showing each motorcycle to perfection, together with technical specifications, key design elements, engineering standards and notable attributes. The book offers a wealth of information about this most intriguing, enduring and individual of marques. An encyclopedia of the definitive motorbike from classic to custom - exploring the legend of an American dream The complete history and evolution of Harley-Davidson, from its humble beginnings to its role as a cultural icon A visual directory presenting every model of Harley- Davidson motorcycle ever produced Packed with over 570 photographs and informative text which capture the spirit of this legendary motorcycle southwater An imprint of Anness Publishing Ltd. www.annesspublishing.com; info@anness.com Southwater is distributed in the UK by Book Trade Services, Blaby Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4SE. Tel: +44 0116 275 9060; Fax: +44 0116 275 9090 email: uksales@booktradeservices.com. For any special sales or translation information contact Paul Anness on panness@anness.com CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Motorcycles: general interest
      August 2017

      THE ULTIMATE MOTORCYCLE ENCYCLOPEDIA

      Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and all the great marques

      by Roland Brown and Mac McDiarmid

      CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Motorcycles: general interest
      April 2014

      THE ULTIMATE HARLEY-DAVIDSON

      An encyclopedia of the definitive motorbike from classic to custom ÔøΩ exploring the legend of an American dream

      by Mac McDiarmid

      This stunning book charts the complete history and evolution of this famous motorbike, from nuts and bolts to cultural significance. It covers the incredible history of the machine, from its humble beginnings through its rise to become the largest motorcycle company in the world, its bankruptcy and near demise in the 1980s, to its eventual rebirth in the 1990s. It features a chronological guide to every Harley model ever produced, from the 1906 Silent Gray Fellow to the VR1000 superbike of today.With over 570 photographs, it is the ultimate reference for everyone from newly converted enthusiasts and experienced riders to historians and collectors. THE ULTIMATE HARLEY-DAVIDSON An encyclopedia of the definitive motorbike from classic to custom exploring the legend of an American dream Mac McDiarmid CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      February 2020

      First Western National: The Bristol VR Era

      by Vernon Smith

      Western National is a company with a long history, and upon privatisation in 1987 introduced a striking new livery to replace the all-conquering NBC Green. The company was initially part-owned by Plympton Coachlines and Badgerline, but upon Badgerline’s merger with GRT Holdings, it became a FirstBus Company. Starting initially as First Western National, later changing to plain First on the buses, the company became First Devon and Cornwall. Changes took place around the company with some depots closing or being relocated, and competition being encountered from various independents, Western Greyhound and Plymouth Citybus. The company has always had a very varied fleet, even including, for a short time, ex-London Metrobuses, a heritage Bristol FLF and even a couple of Routemasters for special events. But one of the company’s greatest claims to fame was being the last big fleet to operate Bristol VRTs in normal service in large numbers. Using the authors photographic collection, we look at First Western National’s varied fleet, covering some of the many the many different vehicles and liveries to be found, finishing our journey in 2006 when the last VRTs ran in normal service.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2019

      British Municipal Buses in Portugal

      by David Harvey

      From 1940 until the mid-1970s Britain supplied Portugal with many of its bus chassis. In the capital city of Lisbon, the local operator was CCFL, which was the first buyer of heavyweight British-built bus chassis. Between 1947 and 1949 some 141 single-deckers were placed in service. The first double-deckers were two Leyland Titan PD1As arriving in 1947, but from 1950 a large fleet of AEC Regent IIIs and Vs was purchased, with the last ones arriving in 1967. The development of public transport in Oporto began when the municipal authorities wished to encourage mule-hauled trams. The criticism of the slow speed of tram travel began to pick up pace and between 1954 and 1957 batches of Daimler under-floor single-deckers were delivered to Oporto, followed by ten Leyland Worldmaster LERT1/1s in 1959 and then ten AEC Regent V D2LA double-deckers in July 1960. British motorbuses were obtained in small numbers in Coimbra, with only twenty-three ever being purchased. In 1949, a pair of Daimler CVD6s was bought new while in February 1964 two AEC Regent Vs were purchased, becoming the only double-deckers to ever operate in that university city. With a wonderful array of photographs, David Harvey tells the story of British buses in Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra, among other locations in Portugal, documenting a period where the public transport of Portugal would have seemed familiar to any British tourist.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2019

      Buses and Coaches in South East Wales in the 1970s

      by Mike Street

      This book covers bus and coach operators in South East Wales between 1968 and 1979. In 1968 South East Wales consisted of the counties of Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire; the 1974 Local Government Reorganisation saw Glamorganshire split into three (Mid, South and West Glamorgan) and Monmouthshire renamed Gwent, all with some boundary changes. Most of the vehicles and many of the operators depicted in this book no longer exist, so it is very much a nostalgic collection. As well as stage-carriage and coach operators, the author has included a small number of non-PSVs where the vehicle and/or operator is of interest. Step back in time and experience the eclectic variety of buses that formed the backbone of public transport on the roads of South East Wales.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2019

      Buses in Outer London Since 1990

      by David Moth

      Adhering to what is considered statutory Outer London, this collection of images covers various vehicle types, operators and locations in Outer London since 1990. This book covers the final few years of London Buses plus various independent operators such as Capital Citybus and Grey Green on LRT tendered routes. It also covers the gradual fading away of familiar London types such as Fleetlines, Metrobuses and Titans, and their replacement by more modern double-deckers such as Tridents, as well as other examples. With images of buses taken in a variety of locations including Wimbledon, Twickenham, Golders Green and many more, this is a must-read for enthusiasts of the London bus scene.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2019

      Ford Mustang

      The First Generation

      by Clive Branson

      No one anticipated quite how thoroughly the Ford Mustang would catch the imagination of the American public. The Mustang was marketed as the all-American classic and introduced what became known as the ‘Pony Car’ - an affordable, compact, highly styled car with a sporty or performance-oriented image - and a revolutionary example of automotive design in the United States. The company made over a billion dollars selling over 400,000 units in its debut year. It took only eighteen months for Ford to hit the million Mustang mark, making it Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A. Today’s car sales don’t even scratch the number of Mustangs sold in their first year. In over fifty years of production, Ford has sold 9 billion Mustangs worldwide. This book focuses on the first generation (1964-73) and the evolution of the Ford Mustang. This was an era when Mustang became synonymous with the name Ford and set an unprecedented benchmark for all rivals to follow. Its popularity was an emotional connection based on its unique and adaptable styling, its performance and its affordability.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2019

      London Buses

      by Oliver Green

      The bright red double-decker bus has become an icon of London. It is now a unique and instantly recognisable international symbol of Britain’s capital city. But its origins go back nearly 200 years to a quite different single-deck vehicle. This was George Shillibeer’s Omnibus, which he first put on the streets in 1829. A reliable motor bus, the B-type, first appeared in 1910, and had replaced all the city’s horse buses by 1914. A succession of ever-improving buses followed. The final design for London Transport was the classic Routemaster (RM), introduced in the late 1950s and not finally retired from normal service until 2005. By this time London’s modern buses were essentially almost identical to buses everywhere else. However, in 2010 the Mayor of London held a competition to find a distinctive successor to the RM. The winning design by Thomas Heatherwick Associates, built by Wrightbus, was launched in 2012. The New Routemaster combines the curved elegance and comfort of the original RM with essential modern features such as low floor access and a hybrid diesel-electric drive unit. This book is part of the Britain’s Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain’s past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with London buses in all their variety.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2019

      North East Buses in the 1990s

      by Peter Tucker

      The North East is a region of great geographic, economic and social contrast. Comprising the counties of Northumberland, County Durham and the former counties of Cleveland and Tyne and Wear, the region has always been of immense interest to bus enthusiasts. In the 1990s, armed with only his camera, an Explorer North East ticket and some money for lunch, teenager Peter Tucker spent his school holidays visiting the region and recording the post-deregulation bus scene. From the smoky streets of Gateshead, Middlesbrough and South Shields to the gentler areas of Alnwick, Barnard Castle and Norton, plus everything in between, Peter Tucker was out with his camera. Peter Tucker provides a valuable record of the era’s bus scene that will be of immense interest to bus enthusiasts and those with an interest in the North East.

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