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Motorworld [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Clarkson
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Jeremy Clarkson invites us to Motorworld, his take on different cultures and the cars that they drive.

There are ways and means of getting about that don't involve four wheels, but in this slice of vintage Clarkson, Jeremy isn't much interested in them.

Back in 1996, he took himself off to twelve countries (okay, eleven - he goes to America twice) in search of the hows, whys and wherefores of different nationalities and their relationships with cars. There were a few questions he needed answers to:

• Why, for instance, is it that Italians are more interested in looking good than looking where they are going?

• Why do Indians crash a lot?

• How can an Arab describe himself as 'not a rich man' with four of the world's most expensive cars in his drive?

• And why have the otherwise neutral Swiss declared war on the car?

From Cuba to Iceland, Australia to Vietnam, Japan to Texas, Jeremy Clarkson tells us of his adventures on and off four wheels as he seeks to discover just what it is that makes our motorworld tick over.

Praise for Jeremy Clarkson:

'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph

'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out

Number-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled, Clarkson On Cars, Don't Stop Me Now, Driven To Distraction, Round the Bend and I Know You Got Soul are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store.

Jeremy Clarkson because his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun and the Sunday Times. Today he is the tallest person working in British television, and is the presenter of the hugely popular Top Gear.

About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson is the presenter of Top Gear. He writes for Top Gear Magazine, The Sunday Times and The Sun.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3549 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 May 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9Z9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson rides again! 28 Nov. 2004
I remember seeing parts of the TV series this book was based on. And I certainly remember reading the smaller, hardback edition of this book in my local library. It was probably one of the most amusing books I remember reading at the time...and it still is!
I now own this paperback version and on reading it again I can remember why reading the version in the library made me laugh. I once said in another review of one of Clarkson's books that "...In his crusade to annoy, anger and aggravate, he brings a lot of honesty and a single-minded obsession that many so-called car reviewers lack". Well in this book, he takes that very un-politically correct writing style to review the driving habits of a few different countries around the world (The USA he visits twice). He doesn't pull any punches here, criticising anything that annoys him (Tokyo's traffic jams get a good dose of vitriol here) and mentions with glee anything that fascinated him (The sight of Italian villagers wanting to see Clarkson and two companions drive at speed out of their village, cheering them on).
This book will not be for everyone (Certainly not those who despise his views) but there is one thing you can't deny. He does have a good point and I mean a *very* good point...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 20 Sept. 2005
I have no interest in cars whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jeremy Clarkson is opinionated and outspoken, a rare quality amongst the politically correct English. Added to that, he is also very witty. Love him or hate him at least you get a laugh. How many obnoxious people do you know who make you laugh?
The book is great if you don't have much time as each chapter is independant of the other so you can pick it up, read a chapter and put it down again without feeling like you're messing up the flow of some novel.
Jeremy confesses he is prone to exaggeration and some of his episodes have to be read to be believed. The chapter on Detroit comes to mind. Thoroughly entertaining though.
Well worth a read.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 2 Nov. 2005
I love Jeremy Clarkson's style and wit and this book made me cry with laughter. I can picture his voice when reading it which makes it all the funnier. I love cars but even if this is not the case for you, it is a definite recommended read. I even made my boyfriend read it which believe me is a feat in itself (he doesnt like reading)and even he is now reading other Clarkson books. If you're sick of PC rubbish and like the idea of some refreshing and individual thoughts then read this book. Go Clarkson!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% of Britishness 13 Dec. 2006
Top Gear is a BBC TV series that does not need recommendation. I was not sure what to expect from a book though. But when I opened the book I simply couldn't put it down. It is so refreshing, funny, addictive. I have been to at least half of the places the author describes. But the way he does it (LOL at every other line) and the observations he makes make it so special. Finally, the language is 100% English, which is the REAL beauty of this book. Recommended to all the motorization fans but also all those who are interested in foreign places or just want to have some fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and enjoyable but makes you wonder 17 Mar. 2008
3.5 stars really. The author is fun to watch in action on TV. He is not afraid to speak his mind and has a unique turn of phrase when critcally examining something. He writes in much the same way. In fact, you sometimes catch yourself reading like Clarkson talks - complete with the pregnant pauses!

A light-hearted read, really. I did find some of the explanations/comments frustrating though. There is a chapter on Australia with a few outlandish statements that could be read as fact when they're not. Outlandish statements are, of course, pure, classic Clarkson but it got me thinking what else in the book (several countries I am not too familiar with) was really an embellishment - a "Clarksonism".

But then, that'd be regarding this book seriously which it certainly isn't. If you've been doing some heavy reading of late or enjoy Clarkson's take on the world, or even just want a laugh from a different type of travel book, then this book is a good choice. Makes me want to watch the Motorworld TV series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clarkson Classic 20 Aug. 2006
This is the perfect book, full of wit and humour typical of Clarkson's personality. Even for people who aren't keen on cars, this book is for you. It's brilliantly written and brings a smile to my face everytime I think of a comment he's made in this superb book. Quite old the book may be, but it's always an entertaining read, which has resulted in me desperately wanting to purchase Clarkson's other publishings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aaaah yes the Clarkson perspective !! 3 Mar. 2009
The journalistic equivalent of Marmite, Clarkson has an opinion on everything and gets very well paid to form these opinions. So sometimes the victim of petty jealousy, I put it to you that maybe this man is not appreciated enough. And here's why, with a list of qualifications as long as the letter i this man successfully holds down a much lusted after job of driving cars and forming opinions, touring countries and forming opinions and observing people while, yes you guessed it ....forming opinions. Now his opinions are often not well informed, most are downright absurd but hey he gets away with it. I say give him control of the banks and lets get Clarkson economics up and running !

Oh yeah and the book ..........loved it !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars MOTORWORLD
As a car buff , I found this account by Clarkson vastly entertaining, despite the hyperbole and exaggeration . Read more
Published 28 days ago by Len Latham
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Clarkson
A good read in typical Clarkson style. Easy to pick up, read a short chapter about a particular country and put down again until you next have a few minutes spare.
Published 5 months ago by Yorkie45
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people say ........
Clarkson is always entertaining. The secret to enjoying him? Don't take him too seriously.
Published 7 months ago by John Halliday
5.0 out of 5 stars love him or hate him
Whatever you think of Jeremy as a person, the passion in his writing is obvious in each well crafted sentence, and there are moments of sublime description. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Flightcrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Motor world
Excellent, interesting and informative reading from the hilarious Jeremy Clarkson.
Very well written and full of mad adventures. A "must read" for any fan!
Published 15 months ago by WAYNE MILLS
3.0 out of 5 stars Motorworld Jeremy Clarkson.
Usual witty writing from the author but now a little out-of-date, which I didn't appreciate when I purchased the book - I should have taken more care by reading the summary and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Douglas Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars motorworld
i have the Jeremy Clarkson DVD of motorworld and i can honestly say that i preferred the book.its full of Clarksons wit and strange ways of looking at things but the best part was... Read more
Published on 9 Feb. 2012 by bmw freek
1.0 out of 5 stars motor mouth
Like a car engine on idle, old jc just burbles away at the lights, wasting petrol, going nowhere. Tired old prejudices masquerading as humour, not an original thought in... Read more
Published on 5 Dec. 2011 by Mr. P. A. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars motorworld
possibly the shortest clarkson book, but don't let it put you off. this was written concurrent with his motorworld programme which was aired in 1995 (they're on youtube) and it was... Read more
Published on 2 Aug. 2011 by sean21071986
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Not a bad read at all, not as good as some of JC's others but still worth a read, especially with these prices on Amazon!!!
Published on 10 April 2011 by uggy077
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