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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

'When I see something old, that I think is beautiful, special, valuable, it's not about the money. It's about being in another time and place.'

Star of TV's Salvage Hunters, Drew Pritchard will go to the greatest lengths for the best deals. He discovered the casts Lord Elgin made of his infamous marbles in a school garage and broke the bank to buy the tool box Malcolm Campbell used when he set the water speed record in 1934. He made a million. Lost it. And made it again.

The face of the compulsively fascinating business of finding and restoring lost treasures, visionary Drew takes us up and down the country, into garages, factories, schools and pubs, digging out incredible items from that 'other time and place'. Then by lovingly restoring them, he brings our history back to life.

A flat cap among silver spoons and old school ties, our favourite no-bullshit expert may be a one-off, but his story makes us all dream of that obscure piece of antiquity gathering dust in the garden shed....

©2021 Drew Pritchard (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Good but a bit muddy

Great listen but it does feel like as the listener the timeline is all over the place and it's hard to keep up with wild tangents nevertheless it was a good listen and I would like a second book

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Even better than expected

I don’t really watch tv but when I do salvage hunters is my go to program. Im not really into antiques exactly but I do renovate period property

I love what drew does and the way he does it. I found this book super inspiring and it helped further motivate me with my own journey 🙂

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A nice guy with a good story

Nicely read by the man himself, I’ve always been a fan of the tv series and always liked Drew’s attitude and love if his field, this book cements that.

The book flows nicely and gives an insight into the man behind the tv personality, I ended up listening to the complete book in one sitting during a miserable cold and wet day.


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just brilliant

wow. love this book. listened to it a couple of times. and really enjoyed it. Drew is a man on a mission. it's a good listen funny in places.

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Good but a bit random

Overall it was very good but it was a bit random. It’s basically Drew rambling on about random subjects related to his life and career but in no particular order, it didn’t seem to have a proper plan to it or focus. It seems as if he’s talking about whatever came into his head at the time of writing rather than properly planning it out. It’s part autobiography (but not in chronological order), part salvage hunters but without being able to see what he’s buying and part classic cars. It’s definitely worth a listen though, I’ve been a fan of salvage hunters since it began and it’s responsible for the large antique collection I currently have. I had no idea from watching it the personal struggle he was going through at the time, he very open and honest about these in the book.

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What a great read

What a amazing book. Read perfectly by the author. Openly honest. A everyday man who's life makes a difference to everyday people's life s

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Loved every minute of it

Drew keeps your attention so much that you don't want to stop listening. Absolutely brilliant.

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Brilliantly humble

Loved every minute of Drew's story. Very humble about his life and achievements. Brilliant book

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Straight shooting and very open autobiography. Perceptions of Drew have warmed since listening. Recommended.

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An inspiring tale of antiques, adventure & trading

Really enjoyed how Drew Pritchard can describe antiques with such passion and doesn't lose you along the way. This really lets you see how interested and truly connected Drew is to his trade. An inspiring tale.