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Peter Grimsdale is a bestselling novelist, TV producer and former commissioning editor whose credits stretch from Big Brother to Panorama, from The Adam & Joe Show to Finest Hour and Dispatches on Deepwater Horizon and Tony Blair's millions. His first motoring book was the critically acclaimed High Performance: When Britain Ruled the Roads. Old Number Seven is his second book with Simon & Schuster.


'A band of stubborn pioneers rose from the embers of Britain's cities after World War Two and created the finest automobiles the world had ever seen. Without them, Bond would have eaten lead well before landing his hat on Moneypenny's coat-stand, and Charlie Croker would never have blown the bloody doors off. Mini Cooper, E-Type Jag, Aston Martin - these classic marques dominated the roads and racetracks, endowed the Brits with sex appeal, and still work their magic today. High Performance tells the exhilarating tale of their journey down the fast lane.' -- Ben Collins, bestselling author of The Man In The White Suit and How To Drive
'I was gripped by this fascinating account of Britain's heyday as a world leader in the manufacture of motor-cars. Peter Grimsdale writes with the verve and style of a master story-teller.' -- Jonathan Dimbleby
'A wonderful glimpse "backstage" at the flamboyant mavericks and crazies who populated the British motor industry in the 60s.' -- Alexei Sayle
'High Performance is a cracking read and an adrenaline-packed tribute to the time when British mavericks "blew the bloody doors off" the competition.' * Sunday Times *
'Peter Grimsdale gives a very different and uplifting slant to the story of ... the post-Second World War British Motor industry. He focuses on people who did things differently and whose achievements are with us still ... thoughtful and stimulating.' -- Alan Judd * The Oldie *

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