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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (10 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753512025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753512029
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear on BBC2. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

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"I worry that he thinks he doesn't need friends because he's got fans instead" (Jeremy Clarkson Sunday Times)

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Top Gear presenter James May returns in style with another collection of classic motoring journalism

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 May 2007
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I love James May, not as controversial as Clarkson but still has a fantastic view on life, cute and funny and an adorable scruff, many of the articles here had me laughing out loud, May is very self effacing, modest and comes across as a grumpy middle aged bloke with the heart of a 10yr old boy, my only complaint is that a lot of the articles in this book can be read online at the Daily Telegraph's website but despite that it's a fantastic read, his other book May On Motors is also a brilliant read, well worth the cost just to hear him talk about his cat, his motorbikes and Colin....the best mate who has the patience of a saint :D go buy it, even if you just keep it by the toilet for those lengthy "getting away from the kids/wife/husband/in laws" moments.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Valk on 1 Jun. 2007
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Don't be put off by thinking that this will only be a very dry book about the intricacies of engines etc, even if you watch Top Gear mainly for the humour then you'll still enjoy this book because James May's writing is extremely funny at times and always very intelligent. Don't listen to what Jeremy Clarkson says on the back cover, buy this one!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jan A, on 31 May 2007
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James May as usual proves to be an intelligent, entertaining and thought provoking writer and anyone who enjoys his Telegraph column will also get the added benefit of some of his "early works". These highlight the fact that he is one of our best journalists and there are some excellent observational pieces which show him to be a great travel writer in the making.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2008
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I'm a little reluctant to admit to watching Top Gear as a guilty pleasure, even though half the time I haven't the foggiest idea what they are talking about! It was on this basis that I bought this James May book, hoping that things would become a little clearer. James May seems like the perfect teacher, a lot less abrasive than Jeremy Clarkson and looking a bit more like a science boffin than Richard Hammond.

I found this book hugely enjoyable. The short articles mean that it is easy to pick up and put down and he covers a range of topics from haunted car parks to how to solve disputes with van drivers and from cup-holders in cars to camper van holidays.

There were times when I was still lost. For example; 'The BTCC A4 is geared at a mere 0.9 turns lock to lock' I don't have the first idea what this means, but I still had a great time reading anyway!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T. Jeffery on 25 Nov. 2007
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I will admit that I love James May in every way!! This book is as good as May on Motors. He's a great writer, not as controversial as Clarkson, but is still funny. Had me laughing out loud a few times. Look forward to his next one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By popo on 23 Feb. 2009
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When James first appeared on Top Gear, he just seemed plain weird. But as I got to know him, that turned into an eccentricity where he shows a scary kind of intelligence. This book takes that on where you get further insight into his unique perspective and logic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Young on 16 Mar. 2008
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James May's second compendium of motoring-related articles makes for an excellent read. Of particular note is the one about the camper-van holiday, which is almost worth the asking-price on its own. Definitely better - in terms of being both more amusing and less arrogant - than Jeremy Clarkson's books.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Finlayson on 5 Jun. 2007
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James as usual is an excellent writer, and some of the earlier articles such as the one on Detroit are thought provoking. Some of the articles are very funny and have me laughing out loud. If you enjoy Top Gear you'll love this. James is not as controversal as Clarkson, but is a great read. Buy !
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