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14 May 2009 World According to Clarkson 3

Jeremy Clarkson, shares his opinions on just about everything in For Crying Out Loud.

The publication of The World According to Clarkson in 2004 launched a multi-million copy bestselling phenomenon. But to no avail.

Jeremy's one man war on crimes against common sense has not yet been won. And out hero's still scratching his head at the madness of it all. But it's not all bad. He's learnt a little along the way, including:

• Why binge drinking is good for you

• The worst word in the English language

• The remarkable secret of eternal youth

• The problem with America

• And how to dispose of a seal

For anyone who's been driven to wonder just what is the matter with people these days, For Crying Out Loud is the perfect riposte. Surprising, fearless and always laugh-out-loud funny, Clarkson's back. And he's got a point . . .

For Crying Out Loud is a hilarious collection of Jeremy's Sunday Times columns and the third in his The World According to Clarkson series which also includes The World According to Clarkson, And Another Thing... and How Hard Can It Be?

Praise for Jeremy Clarkson:

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

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

'Cars take a back seat as Clarkson grumpily lets rip . . . the man has a point!' Zoo

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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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141038128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038124
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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He’s difficult, argumentative but totally unafraid to express views guaranteed to tread on many people's toes -- that's Jeremy Clarkson. And it's for those very reasons why for everyone for whom his name is anathema, there are an equal number will avidly consume his every word. As For Crying Out Loud: The World According to Clarkson, Volume 3 forcefully reminds us, Clarkson’s must venomous hatreds are reserved for political correctness, and his conducting of a one-man war on ‘crimes against common sense’ has made him an unlikely hero for many, who husband their opinions with much greater care. Clarkson continues to be driven into a frenzy by a great variety of things that impinge on his consciousness, and his splenetic responses are immensely entertaining.

‘What is the matter with people these days?’ If you've ever wondered that, you’ll find a hundred answers in this book, along with a discussion of why binge drinking is good for you, the difficult task of drumming in middle age (and, allied to this, the secret of eternal youth). Oh yes -- and America. Don't get Jeremy Clarkson started on America (in fact, it's too late… you'll find some pithy observations on the States within these pages that are likely to make quite a few people's blood temperatures rise). Ironically, if we were to get stuck behind a taxi driver who harangued us like Jeremy Clarkson, we’d be praying for a short journey. So why is it that For Crying Out Loud is so disgracefully entertaining? Perhaps it is because Clarkson -- when he is away from his beloved (and slightly boring) cars -- is immensely articulate at voicing his enthusiasms and pet hatreds (more of the latter than the former, it has to be admitted). One warning should accompany the book, though -- if you give it as a present to a loved one, be prepared to have great chunks read out loud ad infinitum (and perhaps ad nauseam) along the lines of ‘Listen to what Clarkson says about X or Y! Boy, has he got this right!’ You might not want to share a taxi journey with Jeremy Clarkson, but reading his books are a whole different experience -- and, who knows, you might just end up agreeing with him. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'On any page you'll find a blinder' -- The Times

'Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the Tube'
-- Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC CLARKSON 16 Oct 2008
As with everything Jeremy Clarkson does you will either find this book agreeable and amusing or utterly distasteful and rubbish!!I enjoyed this read, after all the man successfuly holds onto the job that little boys like me can only dream of.With his trademark dry wit Clarkson gives us his tainted view on lifes most important topics such as:Binge drinking,Conservation,Mobile phones and the most annoying word in the English language.But thats just for starters Clarkson "delicately" proceeds to broach the troublesome subjects of:Gypsies,The homeless, Americans and Religious fundamentalists.With that out of the way something we should all know "How to dipose of a dead seal" oh and a donkey too!What would London be like if this man was lord mayor? read this for the Clarkson perspective.

Clarkson fans will enjoy this book but if your easily offended,a religious fanatic, American or all of the above then steer clear.There are no prisoners taken in this abrasive collection of articles.Theres life in the old dog yet.........
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally funny toilet reading 3 Jan 2009
This is a collection of Clarkson's opinion column for the Sunday Times, over the years 2006 and 2007. Each one is about 3 pages in length, so it makes good reading whilst you're doing your number twos, although I read it cover-to-cover on a cross-channel ferry.

Some of the articles are quite funny. I particularly liked "Mother knows all the best games", "An Oscar-winning village hall bash", and my favourite, "Arrested just for looking weird" where American officials regard commonsense with much less gusto than the law.

Clarkson is certainly an erudite and engaging writer. As a fan of (new) Top Gear, I can imagine him speaking the text as I read it. Some of the articles were quite thought-provoking, such as "The lost people of outer Britain", "If you're ugly you've got to be funny", "It's lies that make TV interesting", and in particular, "Schools are trying to break children", featuring the (actually very serious) story of a student being discouraged from reading "difficult" Engineering subjects for the sake of minimising risk for the school's statistical league table position.

Clarkson's abrasive, amusing laments and parodies of people taking leave of commonsense is fair enough, although it soon develops into dreary "intolerant Tory" political overtones which become tedious about 2/3 of the way through the book (e.g. "Drip-drip-drip of a revolution"). Furthermore, I felt disturbed by articles auch as "Simon Cowell ate our strawberries" and "Save rural Britain - sell it to the rich"; Clarkson is showing signs of beginning to become a NIMBY, which would be a terrible shame if he goes further down that road.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I fear Jeremy Clarkson and i would not get on. He hates "eco-mentalist " George Monbiot while i admire and respect him. He thinks all modern music is complete rubbish while i like to keep up with new bands ( though we may agree that the Artic Monkeys are over rated ) .He hasn't a socialist cell in his gangly pot bellied frame while i would drape my gangly but svelte torsoed frame in the red flag while cuddling a statue of John Smith . Jeremy denies the onset of global warming while i simply believe there is no way you can pump CO2 into the atmosphere ad infinitum without it having some effect.
Anyway you get the gist. So why is it i love Top Gear ( even though i don't drive ) and more pertinently why is it i found this book so enjoyable? For those who may not be aware For Crying Out Loud is a collection of his newspaper columns from the beginning of 2006 to the end of 2007.So while not exactly rigidly topical ( he blathers on about Blair a lot for instance ) there are a wide enough range of issues covered that are still relevant .Most importantly it is very entertaining and sometimes very funny .
We learn along the way that James May has prodigious wind, his wife(Jeremy Clarkson's not James Mays who is , of course , a committed bachelor ) has a bottomless handbag , he likes donkeys while not caring if tigers become extinct , he thinks ALL Americans are fat ( bit tongue in cheek though that may be ) and makes many more sweeping generalisations . He has the social conscience of a rabid ferret.
Yet his honesty and straight talking ( or writing ) are refreshing and like i said it is often really quite amusing .And funnily enough our opinions sometimes converge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sample only - A bit samey, a bit tiresome 27 Sep 2011
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I almost always enjoy Top Gear and most of Clarkson's other output, and I don't mind a bit of controversy either, but this was not only rather tiresome, facile and samey, but not as funny as the publishers think it is. Each article felt a bit like "give me 2000 words on the Olympics by tomorrow morning" and the early chapter on "would you like a beverage with that, yourself, sir?" felt deliberately and pointlessly controversial. I wanted to like this, but if it was a car, this book would be a beige Vectra with vinyl seats, flame decals down the side and an aerial fashioned out of a bent coathanger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson at his best (and worst!) 3 Oct 2009
Having bought all of Jeremy's previous books, I was delighted to receive this as a present. Obviously I knew what to expect and I thoroughly enjoyed the read...right up to the last chapter. In this, he opens both barrels at none other than the Archbishop of Canterbury for his views on climate change. Now, let me say first and foremost that my views on that subject are tilted more towards Clarkson's than the good Archbishop's and that I am by no means a religious fanatic. But this particular section of 'For Crying Out Loud' did leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. Not that I was offended in any way, it was merely a disappointment that my favourite writer had descended to the level of the schoolboy essay that seeks to justify a controversial point of view by using ridiculous examples. For instance, he states that 'More people have died in the name of God than were killed in the name of Hitler.' I'm sure that this is true but then God has been around somewhat longer than Adolf. Having said that, I have read the book from cover to cover no fewer than three times and I enjoyed it every time. The lesson is that, as a previous reviewer has pointed out, the easily offended might be best advised to avoid this book.

However, the rest of us can split our sides as we read it over and over again. A superb read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 9 days ago by M. Coakley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous two in the series
Not as good as the previous two in the series, but Jeremy Clarkson is a winner all the same. I find his humour good natured and despite the age of this book, much of the content is... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This was my attempt to encourage my husband to learn to love reading on a beach on holiday - hes not quite converted but he did enjoy this book
Published 1 month ago by C. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars John manning
Always brilliant obviously same sense of humour as myself, he puts in writing the way the majority of us feel
Published 6 months ago by John Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson rarely disappoints
Jeremy Clarkson puts into print so many of the thoughts we are thinking but hardly dare articulate. His articles are the perfect antidote for political correctness. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lionel Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is REALLY funny. No kidding.
I'm no Englishman. No Welsh either. Even not Scot or Irish. And I don't know much about all the guys, blokes, chaps, and bloody politics he's speaking about, but I found this book... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michel
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Not the best of Mr clarkson started out hilariously funny then tailed off towards the end . Won't stop me buying another though
Published 11 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Some welcome light relief
Even though I don't agree with everything he says I find Jeremy Clarksons piece entertaining and some welcome light relief from more serious writing.
Published 14 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice easy read to bring a smile to your face!
I picked up volume 1 to see what it was like and have been hooked ever since. Please write some more Jeremy! The only reason I didn't score 5 is because 'nothing is perfect.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars FOR FANS ONLY
Despite the current pariah status bestowed upon anyone rash enough to admit to being a fan of Mr Clarkson, I confess that I am, indeed, a fan of all things Clarkson. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Clive
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