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'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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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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Drew Bares All

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.

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Brilliant down to earth, no nonsense approach to Drews life.

Once I started listening I couldn’t stop. Great insight into the world of antiques and Drew’s rise to TV stardom. Highly recommended.

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Great insight and delivery

Drew shares great insight into his life, passions, the tv show and more. Drew has vast knowledge and experience of an array of items and genres but he is also just as fascinated by their history. This book reminds me why I enjoy researching and discovering new items of my own. Thank you Drew

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highly recommended

refreshingly candid and open about personal relationships and financial details which so many shy away from. don't be put off by the sample clip which doesn't really grab you, this is a great listen well narrated, if you like cars and Malcolm Campbell as well as antiques this is for you.

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A great listen.

A great book. Drew's passion for antiques shines throughout this book. Could have listened to another 5 hours.

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this so down to earth and nothing held back. 5 stars all the way. can’t wait for his next book

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a must listen

if you watch salvage hunters like me from the start its a must listen .read by drew pritchard ,it tells the story of his life from when he started collecting .