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How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man [Kindle Edition]

James May
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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I'd give my 15-year-old son James May's How to Land an A330 Airbus... It's a really funny book. (Anthony Worral Thompson, Sunday Express S Magazine)

Mandatory lavatory reading for a nation of men (Independent on CAR FEVER)

'James May is the best thing ever to come out of Top Gear' (Radio Times)

'Smart, sharply written' (Guardian on JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES)

'The most loveable of the Top Gear presenting trio . . . there's a sharp and interesting mind under the corduroy. Fascinating.' (Nottingham Evening Post on JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES)

His tongue-in-cheek technical explanations here will have you howling with laughter. (The Daily Telegraph)

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Top Gear's James May presents his guide to the vital skills every modern man should have.

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James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear on BBC2. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May's Humour Fails To Disapoint 24 Mar 2011
James May's elequent style of writing shines through in this book.

Although it is advised you never undertake any of the tasks outlined in the book, it is undoubtedly a very amusing read.

Topics range from:

How to build an escape tunnel from that unholiest of places, Bultins
How to avoid pointless and expensive litigation by fighting a duel
How to deliver twins without making a fool of yourself, or worse, killing anyone
How to drive a Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 Pacific Locamotive 'Tornado'
How to invade the Isle of White
How to eat your sadly departed best mate in times of peril
How to defuse an unexploded present from the 'Jerries', i.e. a World War Two bomb
How to woo a woman by playing the First Movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C-Sharp Minor... Opus 27... No. 2... Quasi Una Fantasia... 'The Moonlight'... With no previous experience.
And finally, as the title suggests, how to land an airbus A330

In the course of reading this book, you may get slighlty confused, particularly when he outlines the flight controls for the Airbus, but, by giving James your undivided attention, you will come away from this book feeling happy at the new, so called, "man skills" you have aqquired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in parts 15 April 2011
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May must be quite off his head! Found parts of it quite funny, how to escape from Butlins and how to invade the Isle of Wight, but others less so. Lots of pages diagrams or pictures so less real pages than the actual page count. Quick to read. But you never know when you might need to deliver twins! Probably the only chapter you might remember something from!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 23 Feb 2011
By Luke
Great service. And the book is just as you would expect. It's like watching Top Gear when James explains something but Clarkson's voiceover interrupts, only there is no voiceover and the explanation is finished. It's not all a complete joke though, but an enlightening read it certainly is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and a worthwhile present 14 Oct 2010
By Bronk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a stocking filler type Christmas present to suit the more mature - say over 30's - this is ideal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
Yes, you should judge this book by its cover. And take, very seriously, this advice:

`Neither the author nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility or liability for any harm arising from the techniques, advice or situations described in this book.'

But if you want step-by-step instructions on how to land an A330 Airbus in an emergency, how to fight a duel, or invade the Isle of Wight then this may well be the book for you. Especially if you are a man who reads (and follows) step-by-step instructions. You may (or may not) be enlightened by the chapters telling you how to drive the Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive `Tornado' and how to deliver twins, and I certainly wouldn't suggest defusing an unexploded World War II German bomb, or preparing and eating your best mate. The other two chapters tell you how to escape from Butlins and how to play the first movement of Beethoven's `Moonlight' sonata.

I enjoyed the first chapter most, and liked the underlying idea that the book came about because James May was bored with the portrayal of men as endearingly hopeless and that there was a need for a book like this which showed men how to do really useful things instead of things like tying a bow tie in fifty different ways in less than 30 seconds.

Whether or not you find this book funny will depend a lot on your sense of humour. I found some parts funny but thought that others were too silly to be funny. But, then, I'm not really part of the target audience.

`The chances that you will ever meet with the circumstances outlined here are, frankly, very remote.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny and Well Written 31 Aug 2010
By Wobette
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I brought this as an anniversary present for the man in my life... he is not a great reader but enjoys light hearted stuff and with chapters on invading the Isle of Wight and Eatting your Best Mate I knew this would be right up his street...

James has chosen a number of things that interest him as well as the silly (steam trains, music) and provides hints and tips for the modern man including the use of cover bands to aid in your escape from butlins...

It is not the most densely typed book you will buy this year and there are a lot of well placed diagrams and pictures which break the text up even further.... so a good pick up and flick through book...

And you never know when you will need to challenge someone to a dual if they spill their pint on you in the pub
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 31 Jan 2014
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excellent read. my teanage son recomends its need a present for an avid reader. this is it . well done .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Read 30 Nov 2013
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Thought it was going to be a funny read but it was very slow and hard to get in to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Mrs Marie B Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted read
Its fun to pass a few hours, lighthearted irrelevant and in some ways quite interesting, Written in typical James May tongue in cheek style.
Published 11 months ago by Philip D Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good. Found it to be interesting and funny. First book I have read by this author but will definitely consider buying further books by James May.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Ian Kidd
5.0 out of 5 stars you need this book in your life
This is comical, informative and every fact you can feel was written with James May narrating it. Go buy it... NOW!
Published 12 months ago by AustinMaestro
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time reading it.
Enjoy watching this guys TV stuff, unfortunately his written word isn't so good. Won't be buying anymore of his stuff.
Published 15 months ago by christopher lawrence
1.0 out of 5 stars how to land an a330 airbus
Awful, dont waste your money like i did.worst book ive had on my kindle. Thought it being james may it would be good. its not.
Published 18 months ago by lee michael boneham
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A BOOK
No idea what this is like but I bought it for my friend who sometimes comes on holiday with us. He assures us if the pilot gets food poisoning on our next flight it will be no... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve England
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
James May does it again with a brilliant look at topics which will appeal to most general wanderers. Highly recommended.
Published 19 months ago by Michael Di Bernardo
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent service
As ordered and on time a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a.
Published 19 months ago by M. J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for anyone - funny!
James has again written an interesting, entertaining and fun to read book about the modern male. As a woman, I can say that the bit about the piano playing is true! Read more
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