April 13, 2011
You can tell this book by its cover
The Legend of the Land Rover Icon
306 pages, $56
For several months before I was able to borrow a copy of this self-published title, I'd been hearing praise from people who know the author. I must have been asked, expectantly, a dozen times if I'd seen the book and what I thought, often with the enthusiastic rider, “you’ll really like it”. So I’m feeling like a right bastard to be sitting here and wondering what the fuss was about? I thought it indulgent, poorly written, lacking research and urgently in need of a good edit. It tested my resolve to read it cover-to-cover – and I really like Land Rovers. PublishMe of New Plymouth did an excellent job with the production; this is a handsome volume once past that dreary cover design that, perhaps, says something about much of the content within. However, there are some good and interesting photos, well reproduced. If you do buy a copy, skip directly to Chapter 14, which is about recovery. Mr Munro is an experienced off roader; he's at his best here and the chapter contains lots of useful information.
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