Monday, 1 February 2010
We were sent this lovely speedway book and liked it so much we've decided to try sell a few.
With the feel of a Taschen photography book, Rachael Adams & Jeff Scott's Shale Britannia: A Sideways Glance at Speedway, is a very Martin Parr-style look at British speedway. And I can't stop flicking through it. Scott has written and published a number of books about speedway, mainly non-fiction reads rather than photography, and is a lover of the sport and its countless characters. Many of those often-misshapen characters are served up in here. This is a collection of snaps rather than something pretending to be art, but they're still fantastic. It shows not just speedway but a side of Britain and its working class that is rarely photographed or celebrated.
To quote the intro:
'You hold a book about community and tradition that masquerades as a book about Speedway. It has been spun to the periphery of Britain - geographically, culturally, historically - and no longer is the mass appeal and mainstream sport it once was. But as a consequence of this isolation, I believe Speedway has reatined many of its traditional values and its charms intact.'
Shale Britannia has 260 pages and measures, 130mm x 190mm (5"x7.5")
It is right up our street. GI
UK: £15 + £3 postage
Europe: £15 + £4.50
Rest of World: £15 + £6.50
Paypal to dirt @ sideburnmagazine.com or UK and US cheques (no Euro cheques thanks).
If you order with other stuff we can do a deal on postage, so email in advance if that's your plan.