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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0753556251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753556252
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,083 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Entertaining ... Very much like talking to Guy - fast, scattergun-style, slightly confusing and contradictory on occasion! Guy Martin fans will love it." Motorcycle Racer

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This is the story of life at the centre of the world’s most dangerous sport, by its brightest and biggest star. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Goodman on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Guy's autobiography is a very interesting insight into the mind and personality of a road racer. As someone fascinated in people, I really enjoyed Guy's frank account of his life (would he have it any other way?)

While I love riding motorcycles, I've never been interested in participating in road racing. It doesn't appeal to me at all, but I am interested in the sort of people who do choose to race on public roads, and Guy's book gives us a peek into that world. Road racers are aware of the dangers, but they don't dwell upon them, if they did, they would talk themselves out of racing. It is not that they are unhinged, but very focussed upon what they want, and singleminded about getting there. There is a lot of faith in technology, in people and in tyres.

In essence, we are privileged to see the inner workings of a man with the ability to hold his focus to the intense degree required to compete at such high speeds on the roads. Call it mild autism if you like, but if something, anything goes wrong, the consequences are dire. Guy races for the fun of it, and wants to keep things fun; amateur.
He also avoids the public, at least he doesn't court them. He is as non nonsense as they come, no rock star, no celebrity, but a solid, top bloke who loves his racing, and loves the technology that goes into it.

If guy doesn't end up working in vehicle development, I'd be very surprised. He has the hands on experience, and he has the technical knowledge to boot. A very likeable, genuine and down to earth guy. Road racing at its best.

If you like motorcycles, Guy's book comes highly recommend.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James C. Foreman on 9 Sept. 2014
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It’s the first autobiography of a sportsman I can remember reading in years – the last was probably Lance Armstrong’s It’s Not About The Bike (possibly subtitled "It’s About The Drugs, Actually" after the last few years’ revelations). Similar to Armstrong, Martin isn’t painted to appear like a very likeable person, but there’s a lot more to laugh about here.

Like the great Brewer’s Rogues, Villains & Eccentrics, the index is itself a joy to read, with "paper round, 43" following straight after "orgy, invitation to, 79-80". The ‘orgy’, such as it was, turns out not to be some Roman affair was mass nudity and orgiastic revels, but consists of ‘Dave’ and his girlfriend enjoying themselves while Guy Martin is "sat in the buff, except my socks, on the wheel arch in the back of a Transit van eating a Mars Bar", contentedly watching. The sheer prosaic absurdity (along with the overcapitalisation of Guy’s snack) means it’s not even tawdry, although between Guy Martin and the ever-repeated rumour about Marianne Faithfull, I can’t ever eat a Mars bar again within thinking it’s a bit too erotic, thank you very much.

Then there’s the description of the Ulster race, where Guy lists every corner in incredible detail, pausing at one point to explain that the place called The Hole In The Wall is named thusly because "there’s a wall with a hole in it." Well, I guffawed. I’m not sure if this was intentional, or if Guy was just worried some people wouldn’t be able to distinguish metaphor from reality.

The persona that is projected is of a bluff Northern type, opinionated and sure that he’s right about everything.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By daoldcoach on 12 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
Guy is the real deal. Genuine down to earth person who has written an honest and interesting account of his life. he has thrown himself into all sorts over the years - often at great speeds! Worth a read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lewsgirl46 on 1 Jun. 2014
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Such a good book and really funny in places. My husband was really chuffed as he likes Guy Martin and really enjoyed it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkes on 24 May 2014
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A really good read only had it two days and im half way trough it cant put it down I like Guy a lot as a person and racer so may be a bit biest
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mark 1 on 29 May 2014
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Genuine book genuine bloke like what he has done and what he is about seams to keep a grip on reality nearly lost it 3/4 way through book but got back on track crack on son
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jeff baulf on 27 May 2014
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Brilliant read just couldn't put it down loved the honesty. Good racing detail appreciated. Not afraid of telling the truth very refreshing.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Duncan MacLauchlan on 11 May 2014
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Real life, down to earth, told as Guy see's it, genuine. An insight in to an energetic, committed, hard working bloke.
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