Had a bit of a break from Tobruk books and read ‘Aston Martin- Made in Britain’ by Ben Collins. It’s supposed to be a history of the marque but is a bit light on detail and actually doesn’t even mention a few cars that were important in the company’s history (anyone remember the Aston Martin Lagonda?). The author was the Stig from Top Gear, which, if you didn’t know from the sticker attached to front of the book, you find out pretty smartly as he describes numerous times that he spent doing stunts for the Bond movies or driving sports cars at Le Mans. I think it is aimed at the Top Gear audience and it gets a bit annoying. There is a chapter on WW2 which mainly deals with Ian Fleming’s experiences, however, it was interesting to read that Aston’s post-war engine designer, Tadek Marek, was a refugee from Poland early in the war. There is a story within the book which describes Marek borrowing a German diplomat’s car and identification papers for twenty four hours to drive back into Russian occupied Poland to rescue his wife. He did this because he apparently looked very similar to the diplomat. Not a great book and it drifts off topic at various times but a fairly entertaining read. Currently tossing up whether to start on Paul Carell’s ‘The Foxes of the Desert’ or Ken Ford’s ‘Run the Gauntlet- The Channel Dash 1942’. Anyone read these?