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Lewis Hamilton: The Full Story [Hardcover]

Mark Hughes
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8 Nov 2007
No driver has ever made such an instant impact on the sport of F1 racing as Lewis Hamilton. The first black grand prix driver, his astonishing level of success in his rookie season together with his swash-buckling, attacking style has created a sensation. It has also been a central factor in the most exciting and controversial season of F1 in living memory as Hamilton was involved in a three-way fight for the world crown. Industrial espionage, claims of team favouritism and some stunning on-track action have peppered Hamilton's first season in the sport's top category.Here is the in-depth story of this phenomenon - from his upbringing on a Stevenage council estate to the day he first sat in a kart as a seven-year-old to his sensational challenge on the world title. Friends, colleagues, team-mates, rivals, chaperones and engineers who have worked with him here give some remarkable insights into Lewis the man and the driver, as well as into the close but complex relationship with father Anthony, the man who has largely steered his career. In the process, we see how F1 success has changed this young man's life in a very short space of time.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (8 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840468556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840468557
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best for knowledgeable fans is The Full Story by Mark Hughes (Icon,
£16.99), which - odd though it may seem - provides more detail, particularly
on the earliest days of his racing career, than Hamilton's own version.
Hughes is an accomplished Formula One journalist with a particularly
accurate eye for the driving styles of individual drivers. Most of these
authors have no trouble in persuading you that Hamilton is good. Hughes can
tell you better than the rest why he is good: this is the volume for the
petrolhead in your life." -- Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Mark Hughes is recognised as one of Formula One's top journalists and his reports and columns for Autosport magazine have won him wide acclaim. He numbers ITV and Martin Brundle among his clients. He has written a number of books on F1, one of which won the 2005 Illustrated Sports Book of the Year. In the words of Motor Sport magazine: 'None have so effectively combined a passion for and understanding of the human and technical sides of the sport, viewed the political machinations with such wry, subversive humour and informed us so well as to how this affects what happens on the track. He's our own beatnik Kerouac taking the best bits from the journalistic greats and raising the bar for everyone.'

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different league ... 20 Nov 2007
I was reading the F1 Fanatic website the other day and came across a cracking review of this book that signed-off with this: 'If you are thinking of getting a Hamilton book, please don't be duped into thinking the official book will automatically be the best option. "The Full Story" is a far better choice.'
Having now read both of them, I can categorically say that F1 Fanatic and The Telegraph (from the review I can see above) are unquestionably correct. Mark Hughes' book is excellent and blows Hamilton's ghostwritten offering out of the water.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LEWIS HAMILTON 9 Jan 2012
This was part of a Christmas present. Arrived on time, well packaged and as described. Will use this service again...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Full Story? 20 Jan 2008
I ask you how this can possibly be the "full story" when Hamilton has only started what promises to be a long and successful Formula 1 career. As well written and informative as this book may be, the title is absurd and amounts to an insult to sound thinking.
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