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Since the ‘com­ing soon’ an­nounce­ment some months ago, an­tic­i­pa­tion has been build­ing for Jaguar Land Rover’s large­for­mat re­lease, sub­ti­tled The Of­fi­cial Story of the Se­ries Land Rover and De­fender. Now it’s fi­nally avail­able and, if you’ve an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Bri­tain’s iconic ‘go any­where’ ve­hi­cle, it’s highly un­likely that you will be dis­ap­pointed.

From the open­ing pages, which show­case some fan­tas­tic pho­tog­ra­phy, you’re in no doubt that this is pitched as a pure celebration of all things Land-rover and, al­though it is cer­tainly no ex­haus­tive his­tor­i­cal ac­count, the book touches on the time­line that stretches from the first 80in of 1948 to the last De­fender in 2016.

The first chap­ter of­fers an over­view of nine epic road trips, but if that’s not enough to get your teeth into then the fol­low­ing sec­tion cer­tainly is – 22 pages of sump­tu­ously shot stu­dio pho­tos de­tail­ing the cover star: Tim Dines’ 80in, the third pro­duc­tion car and one of the ve­hi­cles re­vealed at the 1948 Amsterdam Mo­tor Show.

Some may level crit­i­cism at both the price and paucity of text con­tent in favour of pho­to­graphic ma­te­rial, but we doubt there’s a Landie owner in the land who won’t make space on the shelf for what is bound to be­come a sought-af­ter pub­li­ca­tion. MP

£50 Published by Land Rover and avail­able only from its on­line store: https://shop.lan­drover.com/uk

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