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Jeremy Clarkson: The Biography [Kindle Edition]

Gwen Russell
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Motoring aficionado, comic writer, TV presenter, engineering buff, journalist, author and unapologetic bon viveur, Jeremy Clarkson is one of Britain's most controversial personalities. Jeremy Clarkson found fame and fortune at the wheel of trailblazing BBC motoring series Top Gear. With its worldwide audience of over 250 million viewers, the show has garnered him praise and condemnation in equal measure for his forthright views on cyclists, environmentalists and road-safety campaigners. From causing traffic chaos on the roads of London to fisticuffs with Piers Morgan, driving 'fast and recklessly' through the Lincolnshire countryside -- an area with one of the worst road death rates in Europe -- to being on the receiving end of a meringue pie when he collected an honorary degree from Brunel University, Clarkson has lived life at breakneck speed. In this must-read biography for any Clarkson fan, his frank views and hilariously candid anecdotes appear alongside the vivid details of his remarkable life story.

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Gwen Russell is a highly successful journalist and author who has specialised in the celebrity circuit. She is currently based in bath.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (3 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGY4S
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My dog has no nose...... 21 Aug. 2006
I am a big fan of the big man's writing, and decided to buy this book in the hope that it would be a reasonably amusing read. It wasn't. Gwen Russell manages to write about one of the country's most controversial and amusing celebrities, and manages to make it a very painful (and boring) read. She seems to have chosen him as a subject at random (who else has she written for!? Heat Magazine?!), then done some flimsy research, before sticking a huge picture of Jeremy Clarkson on the cover, and plastering her name on the book - including unashamadely on each of the pages inside! That should have been a warning, as well as the choice of photos - even they are awful! Talk about suckering in buyers and trying to make it on the back of someone else's success!

The only saving grace is that she collects various snippets about Clarkson together for the reader, but a couple of hours spent on the Internet would have generated just as much information. I learnt virtually nothing new about the subject from this book. Other reviewers can also testify to the mistakes, repetition, and amateurishly disjointed writing style of the author. The pages do thankfully pass by quickly due to the large 'John & Jane' font used to fill out the book!

I suggest you save your money, and wait for the paperback edition (or second hand one's - there should be plenty!) if you really MUST buy one of the worst biographies I have read. A great shame - and very disappointing. Better still, wait for Clarkson's next book - it will be a much better read than this twaddle! It has now been filed with my collection of Clarkson books as a curio - a swine amongst pearls! Mr Clarkson (if you're reading this), I suggest YOU write a biography about Gwen Russell in order to exact some revenge!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dreadful 24 Oct. 2007
I am only 40 or so pages in, and am inclined to toss it in the bin. No, wait - winter is coming, and I might just use it for fuel.

I have nothing to add on top of other readers' negative reviews, except to say that the editing is SO bad, that I never want to read the word 'trucculent' again. Moreover, to make an analogy between young Clarkson and James Dean [what are you rebelling against? what have you got?] when ANY film buff could tell you that this line was in 'The Wild One' and said by Marlon Brando, just shows how awful the facts checking really was.

Do not buy this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. I won't get that day of my life back. 15 Feb. 2008
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This is simply dreadful. Repetitive, dull, poorly written, half-baked, un-edited and shamefully proof read.

It was so bad in the beginning that I thought it could only get better, but it didn't. Like a road traffic accident that you simply shouldn't stare at but just cannot help yourself I was overwhelmed by a need to finish this load of piffle if only to prove to myself that I would be able to undergo torture if necessary.

I have been robbed of a day by a hack who should stick to writing about Jordan's breasts.

If you really have a fondness for wasting your money then buy 'The Wolf of Wall Street' which is an excellent book written by Jordan Belfort who knows a thing or two about throwing his cash away. But don't buy this because you can't get your time back.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish 8 Nov. 2006
This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. Inaccurate, inane drivel. I lack the ability to express in words just how dreadful this publication is. You already know more from watching the man on TV and reading his columns in the Times than this book will tell you.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I too am a great fan of JC. His unwillingness to bow to the pressures of the PC lobby seems to increase as the years pass. Unfortunately, it would appear that he was rather too busy rubbishing Vectras when this appauling diatribe hit his desk. It is, without exception, the worst biography I have ever read. Not that it is inaccurate per se, that might even risk making it controversial, but that it is atrociously structured, badly written and just plain boring. A reader hoping to learn more about the man himself would be wise to consult Google or perhaps a copy of the Sunday Times rather than buy this book. What is also clear is that the relentless self-promotion of Clarkson himself is eclipsed only by that of his biographer who is at pains for us to know how jolly successful she has been.

I bought this book on a whim, but anyone considering it would be advised to wait until the man himself has committed pen to paper. After all, when directly quoted (on perhaps fifteen or so occasions throughout the entire book) he is side-splittingly hilarious.

Might I second the point made by a previous correspondent regarding the 'Janet and John' typography and suggest that if you do buy this book, you might pass it to the nearest 10 year old who could happily occupy an afternoon pointing out the outrageous errors including the 'Ford Sirocco' and unforgettable 'Hercules helicopter'. Ladies and Gentlemen, steer clear.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Has Gwen Russell even met Jeremy Clarkson 7 Aug. 2006
I generally read a biography to find out interesting and unknown stories and information about the life of an individual in which I am interested.

I enjoy Jeremy Clarksons approach to life and looked forward to reading a biography of his life.

I was very dissapointed with this book, I could have written a similar book and probably achieved less typographical errors!

The sources appear to be purely public domain and the same information is constantly repeated in what I can only assume is an attempt to pad out the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Interesting biog overshadowed by a punch up more words blag blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bla
Published 2 months ago by Evodad
2.0 out of 5 stars Stereotyped .
Strangely interesting
Published 3 months ago by M Madgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have already done this
Published 7 months ago by Ian Fackrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage. What little I read was utter trash.
While I love Clarkson I hated this book. Ms. Russell has thrown together a cold porridge of Wikipedia entries, gossip and newspaper cuttings. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard H
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Gift to a relative - no comment received.
Published 11 months ago by Randi Lien Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
havent read it yet i know i will enjoy
Published 12 months ago by MICHAEL TEAGUE
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting facts but sycophantic
Clarkson himself is self deprecating as the biography points out time and time again, yet the writer seems to have gone completely the other way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by GSARider
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Clarkson
I thought might this would be a good read due to Jeremy can be hilarious and I enjoy reading his articles.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs L M Newstead
5.0 out of 5 stars You see there is more than Top Gear machismo man thank. You ever see
Great to see behind the Top Gear Mirror press image o f2f Jeremy thank peopls want to admit. A big hearted hard working man his public image of his does put with the pig... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Irvine MacNulty
1.0 out of 5 stars Biography
Obviously written by a massive Clarkson fan , just tells you how fantastic they think he is and not much about the man himself
Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by David Dickinson
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