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Clarkson on Cars [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Clarkson
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Book Description

Jeremy Clarkson gets under the bonnet in Clarkson on Cars; a collection of his motoring journalism.



Jeremy Clarkson has been driving cars, writing about them and occasionally voicing his opinions on the BBC's Top Gear for twenty years.



No one in the business is taller.



In this collection of classic Clarkson, stretching back to the mid-1980s, he's pulled together the car columns and stories with which he made his name. As coal mines closed and house prices exploded to a soundtrack of men in make-up playing synthesizers, Jeremy was already waxing lyrical on topics as useful and diverse as:



• The perils of bicycle ownership


• Why Australians - not Brits - need bull bars


• Why soon only geriatrics will be driving BMWs


• The difficultly of deciding on the best car for your wedding


• Why Jesus's dad would have owned a Nissan Bluebird


• And why it is that bus lanes cause traffic jams



Irreverent, damn funny and offensive to almost everyone, this is writing with its foot to the floor, the brake lines cut and the speed limit smashed to smithereens. Sit back and enjoy the ride.



Praise for Jeremy Clarkson:



'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph


'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out



Number-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled, Clarkson On Cars, Don't Stop Me Now, Driven To Distraction, Round the Bend, Motorworld and I Know You Got Soul are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store.



Jeremy Clarkson because his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun and the Sunday Times. Today he is the tallest person working in British television, and is the presenter of the hugely popular Top Gear.



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About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson is the presenter of Top Gear. He writes for Top Gear Magazine, The Sunday Times and The Sun.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141017880
  • Publisher: Penguin (20 Jun. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI96YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What He Does Best 24 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
Well, when you pick up a Clarkson book, you know what to expect: quick wit, outspoken opinion and an altogether good read.

As well as being something of a TV personality, Clarkson made his name by thinking about a new way of writing about cars, rather than just the usual complaints or praises about a new car's handling and speed.

In this book, you get to see why he has made a name for himself in some of his funniest and most well written articles.

With some, you can tell that he was pushed for ideas, but in the vast majority of articles he makes you chuckle, ending with a strong and meaningful conclusion and quite often starting off with a completely different topic.

All things considered, this book is a condensed view of Clarkson's opinion on all different cars, ranging from Aston Martins to Ferraris, as well as his opinion on everything else.

If you're a car fan, you should enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and very entertaining 30 Jan. 2011
Format:Paperback
I am not a petrol head, and I only watched Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear program on television if there was really nothing else decent to watch. Then I started to get hooked on the program.

Jeremy Clarkson is really funny, and he writes in the same manner that he speaks. Only he could have written the books.

His book is hilarious, and gave me many giggles, chuckles and big belly laughs.

This book was so well written and funny, I've bought some of his other books, and will read all of them with the same pleasure.
Keep on writing Jeremy, reading your books is better than a tonic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on cars 2 Aug. 2011
Format:Paperback
this book is not just about cars. it also covers his experiences living in london e.g when he bought a bike to go the pub and about car stereo thieves.

this is one of best collective writings of his on par with 'born to be riled'. it really is, laugh a minute stuff.

the book is split into two parts, the first part are the columns that first appeared in 'performance car' the second part first appeared in the sunday times.

this is a 'must' read for any clarkson fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good way of looking at things 10 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
this book is made up of the best of Clarksons articles stretching right back to the eighties and even then he had the same wit and manner as now.
my only criticism is that he doesent focus his writings on cars as much as id like but apart from that its great reading material.the book has 358 pages and contains articles from performance car and top gear magazine.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 14 Oct. 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is in my opnion great. It's basucally a compilation of classic Clarkson articles starting in the mid-80s and through the 90s. I think it's great reading articles from when he was a beginner in motoring journalism. It's a compulsive page-turner and it's as funny as Clarkson can be. His particular sense of humour is refected through the articles about motorworld that criticise everything, from Vauxhall drivers to vans. Strongly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sample only, Kindle - Glad I didn't buy this 10 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I generally like Top Gear and I don't even get flustered by Clarkson's deliberate audience baiting, but even so, I really didn't like this.

For starters, the sample is very short, consisting of only about 2.5 articles reprinted from newspapers from about 20yrs+ ago. I found 3 very blatant spelling typos in those few pages and there was no cover. The title is "On Cars", but the first article was all about diaries and why JC can't use a Psion Organiser. The second article was just claptrap about the Golf GTI and handing imaginary crowns to various other cars. Nothing funny, nothing interesting, nothing profound. My feeling at the end of it all was "what a waste of time that was", but I suppose at £6 a pop, the publishers are quite happy to waste your time. Possibly the worst of all the Top Gear-related books I've read. 2/5
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2.0 out of 5 stars Come on Mr Clarkson - stop being so lazy! 20 April 2008
By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Was half way through this book when a mate pointed out to me how frightfully lazy Clarkson was in his writing having only written one proper book. I would have liked to dispute this but, given how this book is basically Clarkson newspaper columns, without dates or any re-editing, I was inclined to agree.

Of course, there are some genuinely amusing pieces in this collection. However, though there are some diamonds amongst the dirt, the majority of these articles are about old cars and is tediously glib yet unmemorable.

Like all newspaper articles, one ends up feeling it is merely 'eye candy', which briefly entertains but then leaves no feeling of time well spent.

Stick to the TV shows he has done, for this book is like so many low grade magazine articles; journalistic trash!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other Clarkson books 6 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I was really disappointed with this book. The main reason is that these columns are set in the mid 80's / early 90's. It's not up to date and you really need to put yourself back to the timeframe in the UK. Because I'm not born here and not that old, I often don't see the fun of the columns here. I started reading this book a couple of months ago, but I'm still not half way.

I just stick to the recent books of Jeremy Clarkson.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good early Clarkson book, it is a recommended read, it is a funny book nonetheless.
Published 6 months ago by Steven Godard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thinking out loud good read
Published 7 months ago by Janice Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson on cars
Brought this book for my boyfriend and he throughly enjoyed reading it so I decide to as well and had a good laugh
Published 13 months ago by julie clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
My son is a Top Gear fan and he enjoyed reading this book about the antics these three men get up to
Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by deb
2.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson on Cars
On Cars is spilt into 2 parts and to be honest the first part is dull and outdated; the second part is an improvement. Read more
Published on 14 May 2012 by Duane
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard
Whilst I enjoy watching this fat oaf on the TV I enjoy his books more. The ones he writes about cars are not as amusing to me as his collection of shorts from the Sunday Times but... Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by colonel bagshot
1.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson on Cars.....what Cars?
This book was a gift and thats the only reason I have it. I also understand that this book was given away for free with the Top Gear magazine, which, I guess, is not the most... Read more
Published on 7 Feb. 2012 by Mr. A. Shah
3.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy who?
I've no opinion but my son-in-law swears by him.( A habit my daughter is trying to break him of.)
Published on 9 Feb. 2010 by W. D. Lamb
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