Book Reviews December 2012

50 Sheds of Grey
C.T Grey
Boxtree
£9.99 less £2
‘Hurt me!’ she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over the workbench. ‘Very well,’ I replied, ‘You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.’ Colin Grey’s life was happy and simple until the day everything changed – the day his wife read THAT book. Suddenly, he was thrust head-first into a dark, illicit world of pleasure and pain. This is the story of one man’s struggle against a tide of tempestuous, erotic desire and of the greatest love of all: the love between a man and his shed.
This parody of a well-known book that was reviewed by STN earlier this year and would make an ideal Birthday or Christmas present. Lots of laughs from beginning to end.

My Time
Bradley Wiggins
Yellow Jersey Press
£20 less £5
The superb Bradley Wiggins, who has featured in the news more recently for falling off his bike has certainly had an eventful 2012. As if you needed reminding, he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, he then followed that with his fourth Olympic gold at the London games.
In teaming up with William Fotheringham, one of the best sports writers around, Bradley Wiggins has produced a wonderful book that is the perfect souvenir for those who have watched him race throughout 2012. ‘My Time’ is a fascinating account of what it took to make 2012 happen and takes a look at the incredible skills of the back room team in devising training methods that broke the mould in this most traditional of sports. The dedication, effort and sacrifice needed is jaw-dropping. This is a marvellous read and will reinvigorate all those people who have felt a bit jaded with the clouds that hang over cycle racing at the moment. Of course, it is delivered in typically frank style from the great ‘Wiggo’.

Red Notice
Andy McNab
Bantam Press
£18.99 less £4
Some of you may have had the opportunity to see Andy recently at Wreake Valley College, where he happily signed copies of his iconic books and met with students.
His latest blockbuster introduces a new character who pursues his French girlfriend onto Eurostar just as it taken over by terrorists.
Utterly compelling, Red Notice gives the reader an authentic insight into the world of the SAS and beyond. Andy McNab has excelled himself with Tom Buckingham; an all-out action hero I hope is here to stay for many more missions. With an infectious humour, great camaraderie, impeccable pace and wonderful storytelling that grips from beginning to end, this book demands your attention.

A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman’s Album
R H N Hardy
Conway
£14.99 less £3
From about 1944 until the early 1960s, Richard Hardy, author of ‘The Railwayman’s Pocket-Book’ photographed life on the English and French railways with his Brownie 620 box camera. These unique, largely unpublished images constitute a fascinating and hugely evocative portrayal of the two national railroads and the men who worked on them. Many of the pictures capture the British railways in wartime, providing a valuable social record of England at war.?
Great characters are the unifying theme of the pictures, and they include famous figures associated with the railways such as the poet John Betjeman. This lavishly illustrated book sets Richard’s personal photographs and text alongside a carefully collated selection of ephemera, artworks and photographs drawn from the National Railway Museum, York. Collectively these images and artefacts tell the stories of the great brotherhood of railwaymen.
Please note these are all hard backed books.