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Lewis Hamilton
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Book Description

5 Nov 2007

Lewis Hamilton’s explosive arrival on the Formula 1 scene has made front-page headlines. In My Story, for the first time Lewis opens up about his stunning debut season, including the gripping climax to the 2007 F1 World Championship, as well as his dad Anthony, his home life and his early years. The only book with the real story, as told by Lewis.

In his first season in F1, Lewis Hamilton has thrilled the world of motor racing. With victories in Canada, America and Hungary and Japan he led the World Drivers' Championship, right up to the last race of the season. But bare statistics alone do scant justice to the amazing impact Lewis Hamilton has had on the sporting landscape this year. My Story gives the real account from Lewis himself, as he sets the record straight about his colourful life on and off the track.

Given a grounded upbringing by his dedicated father in unremarkable Stevenage, Lewis tells about how he first tried out go-karting while on a cut-price family holiday in Ibiza. In his book he gives the real version of events at a motor sport dinner where, as a nine-year-old wearing a borrowed suit, he approached McLaren team boss Ron Dennis with the immortal words that were to change his life forever.

He rose rapidly through the Junior and Formula ranks, dominating every series with his raw speed and canny race craft. Here Lewis candidly recalls those key moments that shaped his career and went some way towards compensating for the sacrifices made by his father Anthony in getting his son to the top.

Lewis also charts how he got into the sport and was signed up by Ron Dennis, what motivates him, who are his closest friends, how he copes with the constant travelling, and the physical and mental challenges of driving a state-of-the-art Formula 1 car. He looks back in detail at the 2007 World Championship – his four race wins, the frightening crash in Germany, his rivalry with team-mate Fernando Alonso, his special relationship with Ron Dennis, and what it’s like living under the spotlight of the paparazzi – right up to the last race of the season in Brazil.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport; 1st Edition edition (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007270054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007270057
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Lewis will create the benchmark for a whole generation of drivers…He is already turning television viewers back on to motor racing’ Jackie Stewart

‘Lewis Hamilton is a phenomenon – nobody has come into the sport and done what he’s done’ Murray Walker

Few 22-year-olds have achieved enough to warrant 290 pages of reminiscence, but Hamilton is the exeption.' 'Hamilton is not only outstandingly gifted as a racing driver, he is genuinely articulate and charming.' The Daily Telegraph

.’..slickly produced with intriguing hints at how tough it was to get to the top' The Guardian

‘…one to lap up.' Manchester Evening News

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The inside, official account of the most remarkable story in British sport for many years.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity ... 20 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
Considering this is the official offering on Hamilton, I have to say I'm not very impressed. It's OK, but the laughably large amount of blank page around the text says it all. I nailed it in an evening and felt all the unwiser about our nation's newest sporting hero as a result.
A review in The Daily Telegraph last week of all the Hamilton books currently hitting the shelves pointed to 'The Full Story' by Mark Hughes being the best of the bunch. I've now read that as well and I don't know about the other books on offer, but I do know that The Telegraph was right about the official one, Mark Hughes' book is head and shoulders above that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 16 Jun 2013
By Russo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i bought as a gift for the wife, she enjoyed the book very much, as an f1 fan it was a good read so i highly recommend it to anyone interested in f1
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad he drives better than he writes! 1 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I was extremely disappointed in this book. Thankfully it was bought as a gift.
There are at least 12 'I's on every full page. I'm sure he didn't write much of this himself, but I believe it shows the pointlessness of having a book written about your life when you're still in your 20s. No doubt that he's achieved a lot in his young life, but this is a typical 'celebrity book', and given the obesession with celebrities in the UK, there are those who will enjoy it, and good luck to them, but for me it was one of the worst books I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis 1 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have followed Lewis Hamilton since he first joined McCLaren
SO when this book was published about his story I had to buy it. I found it very intersting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Hamilton: My Story 14 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lewis Hamilton: My Story this was bought for my grandson to read and he really enjoyed it very much he recommends
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good could be better though 13 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
When I bought this book I must admit I wasn't sure if id like it or not with Lewis being so young but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The book gives much insight into what Lewis was like as a child and what trials he had to face.
My only criticism is that he does repeat himself and refers back too much. Definitely a must read for Hamilton fans though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor - give it a miss ! 23 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
There were a litany of books released after Lewis Hamilton's championship win on 2008.

As his officially endorsed book, you would expect this to be the best, but it isn't.

It is poor, littered with mistakes, indicative of the way it was rushed out.

Give it a miss - it's not even worth a pound in the cheap book shops....
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma 26 Nov 2007
By Emma
Format:Hardcover
I don't understand why some are rating this book 1 star! I don't know exactly what you were expecting after all this is a 22 year old young man barely into adulthood, although understandably you would be forgiven for forgetting, his maturity belies his age. Evidently some haven't even read it at all but still feel entitled to review? Anyway I personally chose to buy the only book by the man himself (albeit ghostwritten) out of all 7 as I am thouroughly fascinated by his whole being and not just his racing. That curiosity is answered and to put it simply LEWIS IS HIS FATHER'S SON and he leaves you in no doubt at all (if ever there was any) that he is who he is in everyway because of his father, followed closely by his stepmum Linda and brother Nic. The only dissapointment I would say is the deliberate censorship of his real mum and her side of the family from the story, if you ask me that is where the juicy stuff is. So if you are looking for some warts and all story, you won't find it here but that should come as no surprise as he has shown that he is honed to perfection by the PR machine.
It is also nice to relive the joy and pain of this gone season with him so to speak, with the China nightmare poignantly standing out. That was gut wrenching for all that were rooting for him and he allows you to step on the other side, looking from the inside. A lot has been censored but as I said he's into his first year not a great stage to be spilling the beans and all and possibly not that many beans anyway. At best it is a very inspiring story of a young boy with a dream and a super solid family behind him and his dream (or their dream should I say). I shall be looking forward to the sequel, hopefully a tell-all memoir.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Hamilton 1st book
It is an OK story but nothing more. A lot of general chat with not much detail on the racing side.
Published 5 months ago by L. B. Parfitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Book condition
The book was classed as very good condition but would have said it was more average condition but the book content was very good
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Charman
4.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Hamilton my story
Being a massive fan of Hamiltons reading this was very enjoyable. Well written loads of personal detail as well as about his career .At times open but reserved. Read more
Published 8 months ago by pitched
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for fans
This book screamed out loud about a sanitised story. The writer's biggest challenge must have been to get the events in chronological order. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laurence Dann
5.0 out of 5 stars LH is great!
I am in year 7 and I have just read this book. I thought it was great!

This book is called Lewis Hamilton: My Story by Lewis Hamilton himself. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BSSFC
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as everyone says
Everyone seems to be rating this book pretty low, and even though it is quite out of date as it details Hamilton's first season in F1, it still gives a good background and history... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2010 by Liisarr
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, at a push.
Being a BIG Lewis fan I couldn't wait to read this book, but i was quite disapointed. It's very - i went to a race and won, and it was 'cool' then i prepared for the next race. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Club Racer
5.0 out of 5 stars someone who done so much in his young age.
Im a big lewis fan. Fanily a british drive winning the f1. this book go though what he has atcheved in his life of racing. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2008 by M. barlow
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