If you only buy one motoring book
this year, make it...
Tom Purves, chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, presents Jonathan Wood with the RAC's 2016 Specialist Book Award.
Jonathan Wood (right) receives the Cugnot Award for the "outstanding book of 2015" from the Society of Automotive Historians' Kit Foster at a dinner held at the headquarters of the Automobile Club de France, Paris.
Roy Palmer (right), one of four Squire owners who sponsored the book, receives the Cugnot Award on behalf of the publishers.
Squire the Man, the Cars, the Heritage has been positively received by the motoring press.
“With the support of Squire’s family, Wood has unearthed diaries, letters and photographs that, combined with his entertaining style, bring this story vividly to life...this is one of the finest ever one-marque histories, and my book of the year.”
Classic & Sport Car’s Book of the Month and Year.
“Jonathan Wood produced a monograph about Squire back in 1967 and now, thanks to backing from four owners of Squire cars...he has created this stunning book...[It runs] to well over 400 large-format pages, which are beautifully produced with exceptionally clear text and hundreds of images...”
Octane’s Book of the Month.
“One might assume that, with a total production of just seven cars, there would not be enough material to fill a 436-page book, but Wood has left no stone unturned in his quest for information. The result is a highly-detailed yet readable homage to the cars and their ambitious creator.”
“There can be no doubt that this is an important work which has been accomplished with great skill by the author. To record the history of such an alluring marque, and ensure that the resulting volume will have a wider appeal than just the owners of one of the cars, required the experience of an author of Jonathan Wood’s calibre and he has certainly achieved the desired result...Enthusiastically recommended.”
The Bulletin of the Vintage Sports-Car Club.
"...Wood eloquently explains the initial dream and its painful demise in full...Such is his astonishing research in this handsome work that any more Squire books seem to be redundant."
"Without the dedication of Jonathan Wood and the generous financial support of his Squire-owning backers, it is probable that the full story of the Squire's very existence may well have been lost to automobile history."
Guild of Motoring Writers’ Mercedes-Benz Award for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy
"The £100 price is well in keeping with the size and print quality. It will look great on any coffee table...but it'll never sit there for long; it's irresistible to page through and enjoy the pictures, illustrations and captions - read through with inquisitive attention - or just pick any page at random and let it suck you in...This authoritative work is highly recommended. "
Society of Automotive Historians' Journal.
"Jonathan Wood's name on a book is surety of an exceptionally researched and written work, and in this instance with the publication detailing Adrian Squire and the Squire sports car, his reputation is fully upheld...The wealth of illustrations are well-chosen and presented in excellent resolution. The overall quality of the paper, printing and binding is remarkable. This is a magnificent book..."
SAHB Times (The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain.)
"That a mere seven cars were constructed during the two years before Squire Motors ceased trading in 1936 adds to the allure of this marque, and Jonathan Wood expertly relates its fortunes and misfortunes."