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Welcome to the Earlswood Press website

Where you can find out about what I, Bill Munro, write about and publish - the previously obscure stories from the automotive world.

You can also:

  • buy the books I have in print direct from me though the website. Click on the cover image to discover more information and buy.
  • Contribute to the research I am undertaking for forthcoming titles.
  • If you are in the book trade, discover the ways you can buy any of the titles wholesale.
Titles in progress

I have two titles in progress. The first is a new edition of my first book, Carbodies - the Complete Story. The second is a new book on the history of London taxis. Both will be full-colour hardbacks. I'll be adding more details about them, including separate pages for each title, as time goes by.


Titles in print

I have three titles in print, available at possibly the best prices on the internet (don't take my word for it, because I haven't done an exhaustive search!) If they are not the best prices, I'm sure that you'll find that they are pretty keen, and if you order direct from this site, you can have me sign and dedicate your copy. They are:

Traction for Sale - the Story of Ferguson Formula Four-wheel Drive

Bill Munro and Pat Turner

In a story spanning seven decades, Traction for Sale tells of the efforts made to bring Ferguson full-time four-wheel drive to the mass market: the resistance encountered by Fred Dixon, Harry Ferguson and above all, Tony Rolt, the three men at the head of its concept, development and final global success.

The Ferguson Formula, in its many developments was used in prototypes such as the Ford Mustang and Opel Monza, in specialist conversions like the Schuler Super Ranger, in production vehicles like the AMC Eagle, VW Golf Syncro, Ford Sierra XR4x4 and Lancia Delta Integrale and also in Group B rally cars, including the Ford RS200 and MG Metro 6R4 and race cars like the Matra MS84 and Lotus 56 and 56B turbine cars.


"... stuffed with images that complement a thorough but always readable text ... one surprise after another. An outstanding work" Matt Dixon, deputy editor, Octane magazine

Hardback | 350pp | 276 x 203mm  | colour, fully illustrated
ISBN 9780993101861
UK £54.99 | USA $74.95 | Australia $99.95
Website sale price £49.98+P&P

View the Traction for Sale Gallery

View the list of Ferguson Formula Vehicles


Taxi Jubilee - Fifty Years of the Austin FX4 London Taxi

Bill Munro

For over fifty years, the FX4 London taxi was as familiar a sight in Britain’s capital city as Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard. This richly illustrated book tells the story of the FX4 over those five decades and also features  technical specifications of every major model.

“Brilliant – I sat down to browse through it and read it one go!” Peter Simpson, editor, Classic Van & Pickup magazine

paperback | 72 pages | A5 | full colour, illustrated throughout
Cover price UK £7.99 USA $14.95 | ISBN 9870956230805
Website sale price £5.99 + P&P!



London Taxis in Camera - a Story in Pictures, Old and New

Bill Munro

The London taxi, the classic 'black cab' or 'British cab' is recognised world-wide. This full-colour book depicts the wide range of types and makes, from the Edwardian era and before, to the present day, as well as sharing some stories and dispelling a few myths about the London cab trade along the way. 

paperback | 158 pages | 246mm x 189mm | full colour, illustrated throughout
Cover price UK £21.99 USA $29.95 | ISBN 9870993101854
Website sale price £8.99 + P&P!




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If you're a UK resident, contact me and find out how to pay via BACS or good old fashioned cheque.

What's happened to Earlswood Press Biographies?

I ceased commissioning biography titles at the end of 2016 and stopped selling them a year later. Both authors have made their own arrangements in respect of publication of their titles. 

Find Philip Dixon's books at Veloce Publishing and on Amazon
Find Paul Wright's books on Amazon 


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