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Lewis Hamilton: The Full Story [Paperback]

Mark Hughes
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26 Feb 2008
Published to coincide with start of the hotly-anticipated 2008 season, this book is a widely acclaimed and hugely successful hardback published at the climax of the 2007 World Championship. It has considerable brand new material added to the paperback edition. Veteran F1 journalist Mark Hughes unearths the true foundations that have enabled a personable and down-to-earth 22-year-old from a sleepy village in Hertfordshire to achieve the most successful start to a career the sport has ever seen.This book helps you discover how it all began, from the day Hamilton's father bought a hyperactive six-year-old a go-kart, to the British, European and World karting titles that followed. You can learn how at a motorsport awards ceremony in 1995, a plucky 10-year-old Hamilton asked Ron Dennis (the principal of McLaren F1 Racing) of the opportunity to race for his team in the future and how in 1998, at 13-years-old, McLaren duly signed him in a long-term agreement that made him the youngest driver in history with an F1 contract.Hughes takes us through the intervening years, right up to the explosive 2007 Formula one season when he became not only the first black driver ever to race an F1 car, but the first driver of any colour to stand on the podium at the end of their first nine races. As Sir Jackie Stewart said, 'Lewis is a man of the people and the people will love him for it.' Brand new material in this paperback edition includes: interviews with former F1 drivers who proffer their opinion on his qualities, where he needs to make improvements, where he stacks-up against the greats, and what his ultimate potential is; an insider view of testing during close season; and, a preview of the 2008 season and a detailed run-down of his prospects against the new team line-ups, including his new team-mate at McLaren.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (26 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840469412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840469417
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The best [of the Hamilton biographies] for knowledgeable fans is The Full Story by Mark Hughes, 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 '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.' F1Fanatic.co.uk 'Written with insider knowledge, and that fact shows through' Autosport"

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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. ITV and Radio 5 Live regularly benefit from his expertise. He has written a number of books on F1, one of which won the 2005 Illustrated Sports Book of the Year. 'He's our own beatnik Kerouac,' say Motor Sport magazine, '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
Format:Hardcover
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
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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
Format:Hardcover
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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