This isn't a complete review of the entire book as I only had a short time to review it so I more or less skimmed through the early pages, read the 45 pages on Australian Mokes and then skimmed through the rest including the Apendices that had specifications and few sales brochures and other interesting items of Moke history. It is also about three weeks later that I am writing this and I don't have the copy handy to refer to.

If you are a collector of anything Moke, then you will be buying the book regardless of what I write here, so save yourself the time and just order yourself a copy. If you are relatively new to Mokes and don't have any other books on Mokes, besides say workshop manuals (yes, those things you are supposed to read before you pull something apart), and would like to get up to speed on your general ignorance of Mokes then the book is really a good option for you.

If you already have a Roy Scott book, particularly edition 3, and or you are up with articles on Mokes written by Craig Watson of The Mini/BMC Experience, then you should not expect to see volumes of new material that you haven't seen before as these two gents are the main contributors to the book from what I have read and much is recognisable from their previous efforts. Like much of what you read these days the Internet has been the source of some of the content. Still, it is a lot of information in one place and books about Mokes do look lonely on a bookshelf, so another one isn't going to hurt, but you may consider having a look through someone else's copy before you purchase this one.

The book starts off with an introduction of sorts, yes I skimmed that too, and then pretty much follows the chronology of the Moke from the prototypes through to the Cagiva Mokes and I noticed information on the South African Mokes so it covers the spectrum of production. The photos are quality colour images in most cases unless the source was B&W and while you may have seen most of them, some were new to me so it was pleasing to see them in print.

For me when I read books on Mokes I am looking for new snippets of information and the accuracy of what is written. For the 45 pages I read in detail I came across one interpretation of a piece of Moke history that I thought was new or different, but limited by the practicalities of being in book form I wasn't expecting to see much new stuff and the depth of information I felt was limited. So much is probably known but was left out to fit within the pages.

Unfortunately the accuracy side of things takes the shine off the book for me, and perhaps not too many people like to read these sort of books in the same way I do. Some of it could be attributed to a different understanding, reprinting known errors, or lighter research on certain matters to what I have found, however on a number of the pages you can spot simple contradictions of facts between different pages or the specifications printed in the rear of the book, that could be down to the quality of proofreading. I am fortunate in that what I write is mostly on the web and I get a chance to change it later on, but in book form this sort of issue is going to be in print for some time.

Overall it is a good book to have on your bookshelf and should appeal to most people who want to have something that covers the majority of the history of the Moke and is a fairly easy read and has enough detail to keep you interested.

If you would like to get yourself a copy of the book you can order it directly from the Mini Moke Club in the UK or in Australia the Moke Owners Association is taking orders for the book also.