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Wallace & Gromit

Cracking Contraptions Manual
Derek Smith (with a foreword + notes by Wallace) Illustrations Graham Bleathman
Out Now

Fans of animated characters Wallace and Gromit can now explore the innermost workings of the duo's best-loved inventions in a new, fully illustrated, technical guide to their designs published by Haynes, famous for its authoritative Owners' Workshop Manuals.

The Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual interweaves meticulously researched technical descriptions with fantastically detailed cutaway drawings and photographs - all presented in classic Haynes manual style - to reveal how iconic machines, such as the Techno Trousers, Knit-O-Matic, Moon Rocket and Motorcycle with Sidecar, actually work. The book has the answers to such burning questions as how do the Techno Trousers work, what's inside the rocket and how did Wallace manage to rebuild Preston the Cyber Dog?

Welcoming the new manual, Wallace & Gromit creator, Nick Park, of Aardman Animation, said: "I have always been aware of Haynes Manuals, I guess my first memory would be that my older brother had one for his Austin Riley. They're wonderfully practical, it's a shame that Wallace didn't have this edition a few years ago actually, it certainly might have made Gromit's life a bit less stressful!" The project has also inspired Wallace to come up with a cracking new contraption - the Edit-O-Matic - an ingenious machine for editing publishers' proofs. As Wallace explains in the book's Foreword, their latest invention 'is bound to bring this publishing game into the modern age!'

Wallace & Gromit - Cracking Contraptions Manual is illustrated by Graham Bleathman who is well known for his drawings for the cult Gerry Anderson TV series, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray and X-Men annuals.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Haynes is famous for its car and motorcycle manuals, having sold 150 million worldwide since 1960 and over a million in the UK last year alone. This autumn sees the first departure for the manuals into the world of 'fictional' vehicles such as Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions and Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

The Author and Illustrator

The main text of the book is by Derek Smith, an Editor in the Books Division of Haynes Publishing. Graham Bleathman is one of the country's foremost illustrators of Gerry Anderson's television series including Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Thunderbirds. He is particularly well known for his 'cross section' illustrations and his drawings have appeared in a number of books, magazines and comics since the early 1990s.

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