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Memories of James Hunt:Anecdotes and insights from those who knew him [Hardcover]

Christopher Hilton
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6 Jun 2013
This is the intimate portrait of James Hunt put together from responses to the question: what is your strongest memory of him? This new edition will be published ahead of the release of the movie Rush, the feature film that tells the story of the 1976 World Championship battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Hunt public school hell-raiser, loved and feared broadcaster, an enigma even to his friends was one of the very few people who lived life as he wanted to. In this book of reminiscences from those who knew him and worked with him, all sorts of surprising material emerges, forming a rounded picture of this colourful character. Published ahead of the release in September 2013 of Rush, the major feature film that will introduce this colourful character to new audiences. Tumultuous and impoverished early racing experience he crashed so much he was known as Hunt the Shunt . Grand Prix career with Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf. Failed business career, drugs, sex, breeding budgies. Commentating for the BBC after an uneasy start with co-presenter Murray Walker they became an immortal duo. Reforming himself, going bust, becoming a father and dying tragically young just as he found happiness. Memories from race colleagues, showbiz personalities, friends, fans and critics. Stunning personal pictures (handsome man, gorgeous girlfriends) as well as the drama of the races. This is a cracker... often funny, sometimes sad, invariably fond said Octane magazine. Previous edition ISBN (published 2006): 978 1 84425 215 2.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; New edition (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857333860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857333865
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The late Christopher Hilton was a well-respected former sports journalist with the Daily Express who became a prolific book author. He wrote best-selling biographies of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher in addition to numerous other motor racing, sports and history books.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit repetitive 11 Oct 2013
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Wasn't a fun read after the first few chapters.. a bit repetitive and format a little disjointed. Not sure I learned much about the real Hunt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Account 10 Feb 2014
By E. G. Eldridge - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book because it presents a rich variety of reminiscences and memories of Formula One legend, James Hunt, by those who knew and loved (or didn't!) this fascinating man. As a woman, I'd like to have heard more from wives and girlfriends, but they all seem very tight-lipped when it comes to James! The memories from fellow drivers, friends, journalists etc are mostly reproduced verbatim (with some censorship, of course!) and really help to round out the colorful character that was James Hunt. His courage, determination and multi-faceted personality all emerge brilliantly under the guidance of Christopher Hilton's fine penmanship. James Hunt was a one-off, not always admirable, but definitely a charismatic, larger-than-life sportsman, the like of whom will never be seen again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars metza metza 8 Jun 2014
By J. Slavitt - Published on Amazon.com
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James Hunt was an enigmatic guy at a time when Formula 1 was changing dramatically. Sponsors were getting more involved. Drivers had more to say over track and car safety. In these respects Hunt was a throwback. He took many unnecessary risks and pretty much felt that was what kept the sport pure. His protagonist, Nikki Lauda, another very fine driver was far more methodical and recognized racing was becoming a business where risk had to be minimized - he ultimately was proven right and Hunt wrong. The problem, however with the Hunt bio is that you get a lot of commentary from a bunch of old British cranks who didn't like Hunt's style, his carefree lifestyle and his womanizing. Up to a point their views are relevant but you can beat a dead horse...
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift 7 Feb 2014
By A - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift and the recipient was thrilled with it as he is a real James Hunt fan. I would say however that it was quite a small book for the price.
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