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David Jefferies: The Official Biography Hardcover – Apr 2009


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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844256634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844256631
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stuart Barker has written biographies of Niall Mackenzie, Steve Hislop, Barry Sheene and Evel Knievel. His TT Century: 100 Years of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy was nominated in the 'Best Illustrated Title' category in the 2008 British Sports Books awards. He lives in Kettering, Northants.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Folland on 12 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
To anyone remotely interested in motor cycle racing, the great D.J needs no introduction. It was watching a DVD of David circulating the IOM that sold me on road racing and resulted in visits to the races since. I would have dearly loved to have met the man, who emerges from the book as a great bloke without the pretensions of so many famous sportsmen. The biography is related in a strict chronological order. Key influences are clearly his father and uncle- the former wheelchair bound as a result of a racing accident. David clearly deserved far better in his career which was somewhat hampered in the eyes of many by his size- although the results clearly testify to the contrary. It is not surprising that the most moving part of this book relates to his last ill-fated visit to the IOM and the avoidable circumstances that led to his fatal accident. All his family emerges with much credit and dignity- David perished doing what he most loved. It is a fitting tribute to any fan of the man and anybody who has a love of motorcycle racing- read it and marvel at a giant of this great sport!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Dove on 2 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the very best, (of many),biographies of motorcycle racers I have read.
Very readable from start to finish, informative and at times capable of reducing you to tears.
A superb testament to a courageous and highly talented individual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roadrunner on 17 April 2011
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A very good book about the life of David Jefferies- who became a TT legend in such a short space of time.
DJ was a down to earth guy who crammed so much into his life, tragically cut short by the accident in practise at the 2003 TT.
His 9 TT wins, 3 back to back hat tricks, 1999, 2000 and 2002, plus the 3 lap records he set at 125mph, 126mph and 127mph.
He also had a crack at WSB,GP and BSB.
He was also enjoyed success at the NW200, UlsterGP, Scarborough and Macau.
This is a must read book for any fans of motorcycle racing, especially the TT.
I read the book over a couple of days!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Heap on 20 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book for my motorbike mad husband and he read it cover to cover. Everytime he passes the cemetery where david is, he gives him a salute. Wonderful
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 916neil on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Touching at times, Funny at times. A good read.

Not as Funny as Jamie Whithams autobiography or as Poignant as Steve Hislop's (both those get 5 starts from me) but still very good
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As a seasoned petrolhead I can't claim total objectivity in my praise for this work but I do believe it would be a worthy addition to any sports fan's book case.

Stuart Barker strikes a fine balance between the technical detail demanded by the TT fans who will no doubt make up 75% of the book's sales demographic and a cracking human nature tale of an affable Northerner who just happened to be the best of his generation that will appeal to the wider audience.

I read this book over the course of two train journeys this weekend. Funny, informative and very moving, I was moved to tears in the closing chapters as I reflected on my own memories of watching David race and of meeting him at Oulton Park in the late 1990's.

Its a no-brainer that this book is a fantastic read for any race fan but I would highly reccommend it to all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. I. Brooks on 12 Oct. 2009
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I ordered this book as a birthday present for my husband. When he opened it he was very surprised to find this book inside. He is reading it at the moment but is enjoying it. An excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barrie Green on 20 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
If your a fan of dave jeffries it's well worth a read
good in depth book covering all of his career
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