Tom Sheppard, MBE

Author, Tom Sheppard,
ex Royal Air Force test pilot and 4x4 consultant to a major manufacturer, has accumulated more than 100,000 desert and overlanding miles over the years. He led the expedition that made the first coast-to-coast crossing of the Sahara, Atlantic to the Red Sea, for which he gained a Royal Geographical Society award.

Four-by-four driving, 4th edition

ISBN 978-0-9575385-1-1
Cover price £28.50. Postage: UK £2.50; Europe £6.75; World £10.60
Four-by-four book cover

Clear coverage of off-road techniques, recovery and towing dynamics will be the end-product of the book for many readers, but drivelines – as opposed to the connectivity, cup-holders, alloy wheels and excessive  audio output – are fundamental to the performance and integrity of 4x4s, and SUVs. Detailed guidance is given on what the buyer should look for, depending on usage. A broad sample of current 4x4 drivelines is given – from Bentley to SsangYong. A 33-page ‘Expedition Basics’ section provides a compact planning overview for adventurers. The Glossary provides information you didn’t know you didn’t know. ‘I have yet to find a book in any language that has this no-nonsense and deeply competent approach to the topic.’             Recent German buyer of Edition 3

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Quiet for a TuesdayBreathtaking, beautiful, Frightening, funny.

'... so cleverly written'

'..understated and lyrically descriptive.. '

'.. a wonderful job of capturing the magic..'

Quiet, for a Tuesday

ISBN 978-0-9532324-5-1
Price £20.00. Postage: UK £3.50, Europe £10.20, World £15.60

Solo in the remote Algerian Sahara.  A 4x4 odyssey. The Sahara. Breathtaking, beautiful, frightening, funny. Sheppard records the tension of his 16th visit to Algeria's vast wilderness. Maps confiscated at an early stage, he stuck to his plan – which turned out to be off-tracks between points of habitation for 700 miles. Told with wry humour, a passion for the desert and achingly beautiful pictures. 'Inspiring .. ', '..a wonderful job of capturing the magic..' ,  'photographs achingly evoke the .. spacious grandeur of the Sahara' , '..pulling no punches.',  ' also a superb primer for .. serious 4x4 expeditions..',  '..told tongue-in-cheek with great attention to technical detail ..',  '..a magnificent production .. stunning images'

The Nobility of WildernessRelax ... Open the book.
Welcome the magic.

'.. It is, simply, a lovely book. A poem, in prose and photograph, to that most poetic of landscapes. .. '

The Nobility of Wilderness – Travels in Algeria

ISBN 978-0-9532324-6-8
Price £35.00 Postage: UK £3.50, Europe £10.20, World £15.60

The pristine majesty and scale of the Sahara's little known landscapes unveiled – with a plea for their protection. No mere picture book, a personal journey told through superb photography and ultra-sharp Italian stochastic printing. A long-overdue hymn to the inspirational majesty and tranquillity of a region ill-served by the minuscule attention-span of Anglophone media.  ' It is, simply, a lovely book  ...' , 'wonderful book .. inspiration for my trip.' .'looking at those incredible pictures in awe and wonder ..', 'a great book ..', 'breathtaking .. amazing pictures..', 'photography spectacular .. an inspiration ..', 'stunningly beautiful ..', 'superb production..',

*All colour hardback.

Vehicle dependent Expedition GuideThe ultimate planning guide.

‘... for an overland trip .. the only book you will need to buy.’

Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide, Edn 4.1

ISBN 978-0-9575385-4-2
Price £47.00. Postage: UK £3.50, Europe £12.00, World: £18.00
Book cover - Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide, 4th Edition

Now in its seventh iteration including new editions and reprints, VDEG heads the list of Desert Winds books that have sold in 56 countries worldwide. Author and publisher Tom Sheppard has over 100,000 miles overlanding and expeditioning under his belt. VDEG.4 was a major update and 100-page expansion with content on US and Australian equipment added by co-author Jonathan Hanson – the power behind the three-day Overland Expo in Arizona and North Carolina. VDEG.4.1 builds on this with minor updates, a totally revised section and, not least, a full colour addendum on photographic gear. For reduced shipping costs, customers in Canada, north and south America can buy VDEG 4.1 and Four-by-driving from a US distribution point – click below.

New edition