REVIEWS - "In The Shadow Of My Father"

John Macartney brings what many have said is an entirely new dimension to collector car writing. Rather than write about the cars themselves, John reviews the people who were involved in some way in their manufacture. 'In the Shadow of my Father' is an immensely readable book about the lives of two people - and one company. The people are Charles Macartney (John's Dad) and John himself. The company is Standard-Triumph and the period covered is from 1921 until 1973 during which time and at different periods, both men were Standard Motor Company employees. It's a 'must have' for any avowed Triumph enthusiast. Little British Car Company, USA


It’s a lovely, lovely book. As soon as I’d finished reading it, I returned to Page One and read it all over again.  Anders Ditlev Clausager, Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust



What a fantastic and charming book! It made me laugh and it made me cry – and in both cases I had tears running down my cheeks.

Dan Scopie, USA


This has to be a unique book about one of the companies of the former British auto industry. To the disadvantage of us enthusiasts, all other authors concentrate on the cars those companies produced – but John Macartney’s charming treatise concentrates on the people behind the scenes. And as we all know, people are ‘different.’ What a shame no-one has written similar books about Austin Healey, Jaguar and MG. “In the Shadow of my Father” is just the greatest read I’ve had about my hobby for a long, long time. It’s an absolute gem!

Chris Wytoski, USA