This morning the last Land Rover ran
off the production line at the Solihull works. So we’re regaled by journos
talking about the Land Rover Defender being born in 1948. No it wasn't. As you all know I was
born in 1948 along with the Land Rover. (Are you really sure? Ed.)The Defender came much later after the
Series 2. Anyway, farewell. And thanks again to Toby Savage who is amongst a
very elite group that knows everything about the wonderful original, and
indeed allowed me to photograph his 1948 model for the Shire book cover above. He is probably sitting at his kitchen table now, with head in his hands and fist closing round a starting handle.
I am a designer, writer and photographer who spends all his time looking at England, particularly buildings and the countryside. But I have a leaning towards the slightly odd and neglected, the unsung elements that make England such an interesting place to live in. I am the author and photographer of over 25 books, in particular Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2006), More from Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2007), Cross Country (Wiley 2011), The Cigarette Papers (Frances Lincoln 2012), Preposterous Erections (Frances Lincoln 2012) and English Allsorts (Adelphi 2015)