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Ayrton Senna: The Whole Story [Paperback]

Christopher Hilton
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28 April 2004
In this meaty paperback, published to mark the tenth anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death, Christopher Hilton marries and updates four of his earlier titles about the legendary driver into one volume of more than 100,000 words. He chronicles Senna's entire story, from the wealthy childhood inBrazil to his fatal crash in 1994. It is a fast-moving and comprehensive account of an extraordinary life that will appeal to the wider public as well as to Senna fans.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (28 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844250962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844250967
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'definitive work on the great man' Octane

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Christopher Hilton is the author of Memories of Ayrton, an all-new study of Senna, published in 2003, comprised entirely of the strongest memories of people who knew him. As time goes by, reprinted six times since 1995, examines Senna's life, with interviews conducted all over Europe, Brazil and the US. Hilton lives in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book of Senna's life. 24 Nov 2007
By Mr M
Format:Paperback
Ayrton Senna. The name conjures up many feelings in many people, the greatest ever driver? A vicious and uncompromising racer? a warm and kind individual of many depths? After reading this book the answer is obvious - He was all of that and more, Hilton writes in such a way that you understand everything about the man. Hilton has thoroughly researched his subject, and also speaks from the position of knowing Senna. From wheeling an elderly patient in a wheelchair - to the epic and bitter battles with Prost and Mansell (and also not afraid to expose Senna's more questionable behavior either) this book covers every aspect of Ayrton's life. And more intriguingly he tackles the "second life" Senna's legend has taken on since that fateful afternoon at Tamburello some 13 years ago.

Put simply: It is one of the best books on Formula one and motoracing that I have ever read - and by far the best ever on Ayrton Senna.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for all motor racing fans 26 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
An interesting, informative look at one of motor racings greatest ever drivers. The book charts Senna's rise from an early age in karting - through to formula 3000 and then to formula 1, culminating in that black day at Imola 94. This is a great account of a genuis at work. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 11 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read everything I can about Senna and this book has it all covering his life career death and all his driving records.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just the definitive work on Senna... 28 Jan 2012
By McLean
Format:Paperback
Whilst Hilton combined three previous books and one new one into this Senna biography, it is so much more than that. I come not from the perspective of a fan but instead having spent thirty years professionally involved in both two and four-wheeled motorsport. That the average fan might not concur with my opinion only serves to demonstrate the yawning chasm between spectators and participants.

Without trying to write an introduction to professional motorsport, Hilton's attention to detail delivers not just a fascinating account of Senna's journey but also the definitive 'How to' guide for any aspiring participant. Any driver, team member, or even sponsor should take due care in reading this book and feast on the detailed gems that will make a difference. The single most informative book on motorsport that I have ever read. Thank you, Christopher. RIP.

David Gale - RamTec Motorpsort
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2.0 out of 5 stars Geoffrey Archer? 28 April 2011
By Philip Chadwick VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First I should explain my title - when I got to the end of the first chapter, I found my attention wandering, halfway through the second it had gone walkabout.
Why? fascinating subject matter, intriguing man, early death and subsequent promotion to demi-god - why was I bored?
Then I remembered the only time I read Geoffrey Archer - a short story in the Sunday Times - this shares the same "style"
A check revealed that Christopher Hilton was not a pen-name for Archer but he certainly has Archer's gift for turgid prose and clumsy construction
The book read like a bad translation of one written in another language or a transcript of a 'phone conversation
It's obviously attempting to be chatty and light- Hilton wrote for the Express and while this approach works for a newspaper column, it simply irritates over 384 pages
If that's what you want, fine, but if you want to read a serious biography I would suggest looking elsewhere
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 July 2014
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good read
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