The Triumph Bonneville Bible, £35
Time tested: Three months
What's good? The world probably doesn’t need A N Other book on Triumph Bonnevilles, but this fell on my desk at the right time (I was researching MCN’s ‘Bonneville Special’ the other month) and is written by MCN contributor Peter Henshaw, who usually knows his stuff. An idle flick through showed it to be packed with interesting archive material, well organised and broken up into lots of interesting bits and pieces (rather than one long, droning section of text) and concisely and authoritatively written, too. The medium format, 162-page colour specification isn’t quite ‘art book’ but is OK and the picture use generous and interesting. All of which makes Henshaw’s book not just good and enjoyable, but also probably the only (Meriden) Bonneville book you’ll ever need.
What's not? Although the content’s good, the layout and design lacks the class and quality you can find elsewhere. But even that I could happily live with in a, say, £14.95 book – which is what I expected this to be. Unfortunately, when I turned to the back cover, I was shocked to find it priced at £35. It’s a good book, but it’s not THAT good…
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5