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Book Reviews - Norman Conquest

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Ferrari Owner's Club of Great Britain, December 2021

'As an autobiography there's a lot of personal stuff in there, including some wonderfully evocative pictures from the family album, but things get really interesting when Norman took up karting in his teens, before gaining his pilot's license at 17. By that point he had already bought his first car, a Berkeley which was soon replaced by a Messerschmitt. Later would come a Cobra, GT40, Bentley Corniche and a string of Ferraris (250 GT SWB, 500M, 250 GTO), Jaguar D-type along with many more. Unsurprisingly, many of the 272 pages and 290+ images focus on Norman's aviation exploits, especially his AeroSuperBatics team, and it's all the better for that added variety.'

Flyer Magazine, September 2021

'Beautifully illustrated and produced, as well as plenty of coverage of Vic's flying exploits, there's also plenty of vintage and classic car stuff, old motorcycles, and a section on the restoration of the beautiful airfield of Rendcomb, so plenty to keep readers interested!' EH

Flypast, September 2021

'As you'd expect in such a publication, Norman Conquest is beautifully illustrated, adding colour to Vic's remarkable story. It's central theme - a passion for motoring and flying - is proper old school stuff, but if Vic Norman is anything to go by, that old school was definitely the one to go to.'

Aeroplane, July 2021

'Beyond that, what sets Norman Conquest apart from many other aviation memoirs is the quality of its presentation. The larger format allows the most to be made of the image selection, yet the amount of text means this is no cliche alert) coffee-table volume. And those images are superbly reproduced - no tolerance of small, low-resolution scans here.'

Best of British, July 2021

'There are never-ending documentaries on TV about characters who have achieved much less in their lifetimes and this excellently presented book does full justice to a real action hero and a genuine high flyer.'

 Pilot, June 2021

'This extensively illustrated autobiography (Vic himself described it to this reviewer as a 'picture book') covers the life of one of GA's great figures.'

'It also has interesting appendices covering AeroSuperBatics personnel, world records and countries the team has displayed in etc. There's even a page of QR codes that take you to various online videos and, at the price. Norman Conquest really is rather good value for money.' PW