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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (20 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297853279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297853275
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting Top Gear over the last 4 years with Jeremy Clarkson; he also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1, Should I Worry About...? on BBC 1 and Time Commanders on BBC 2. His Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show was shown every weekday on ITV1 during January and February 2006, and he is a team captain on the BBC2 quiz show, Petrolheads. He writes a weekly column in The Daily Mirror. His crash whilst filming for Top Gear in September 2006 made him a household name.

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"Stuffed with his unique wit on just about everything to do with motoring." --"Ladsmag, " on Richard Hammond's "Car Confidential" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gripping account by Richard Hammond of life before and after his terrifying high-speed car crash.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MorganaNK on 31 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, after all, with all the press coverage you would think that you knew pretty much everything that there was to know about "The Hamster" and his accident on the 20th September 2006. However I was surprised and incredibly moved. The brutal honesty with which both Richard and Mindy described what they went through during that difficult time was compulsive if sometimes a little uncomfortable reading, and once I started the book I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting and am not ashamed to say that at times it reduced me to tears.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. J. Furmston on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
For a couple to go into so much depth about their most personal moments is very brave, Richard and Mindy Hammond have done so with great dignity. I enjoyed this book very much because I knew that the ending was a happy one, but the book takes you through so much it is sometimes hard to remember that fact. I hope it really does help families going through similar trouble.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennyh766 on 27 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a huge fan of top gear and of richard hammond, so back in 2006 i was devastated to hear of his accident and followed his progress intently. when he released his autobiography i at first did not bother to buy it as i thought it would be just like all other autobiographies, quite boring. This was bought for me as a christmas present and i have to say although i have not yet finished it, it is an awe-inspiring story of amazing bravery and the power of love. It tugs at the heart strings and is very humbling. i have to admit this book has had me in tears many times, it is a very personal account of what happened and his recovery, not only from richard but also from his wife mindy. I would recommend this book to anyone, but i would also recommend to keep a box of tissues nearby whenever you pick it up to read!!! Oh and to all of you people who are slagging him and his wife off saying that this is a shameless cash in, you should be ashamed of yourselves, clearly none of you know what it is like to lose somebody to a car accident. i lost my brother in law to a car crash and i found that the best therapy for me and the best way to cope was to write down everything that had happened every day for months following his death, and write down all of my emotions and feelings and things that people had said to me and that i had said to them. It helped me to organise my emotions and feelings in my head and this in turn helped me to deal with the shock of the accident and come to terms with his death. I honestly believe that this is the same for richard and mindy and that this book was written as part of the healing process for both of them and that mindy has also written her parts so richard knows what happened as of course he wont remember, and i think it was written to set the record straight about what really happened to him during and after the accident.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. L. Spry on 17 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having read this book for a second time in three days, I am stunned by the power and honesty in the writing of both Richard and Mindy. The first few chapters of the book, written by Richard, offer a valuable insight into a man who loves life, machines, speed, thrills and most importantly, Mindy and their two little girls.

Life takes a dramatic turn after the crash and Mindy's account of her bedside vigil with Richard is beautifully written, heart-wrenchingly honest, painful, funny and poignant, as she recounts every tiny step Richard makes from coma to recovery. As someone who has sat in that chair next to the hospital bed of a seriously ill loved-one, I identify completely with her metaphorical elastic band, pulling her back to Richard every time she ventured to the coffee machine in the hospital. Without doubt her love played a huge part in Richard's healing.

Richard also writes candidly about his slow, painful and frightening recovery. His brutal honesty of how his brain injury affected him is humbling, and only serves to remind me of how precious and vital our consciousness and cognitivity are. I had no idea how terrified and confused brain injured patients can be. I admire enormously the courage and determination shown by Richard, who with the constant love and support of Mindy and his family, managed to gradually claw himself back through recovery, and most importantly enjoy life once again as a husband dad, son, brother, friend, colleague.

Thank you to both of you - brilliant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Littlepig Littlepig on 14 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting. It's not just for car fanatics; it is for anyone who has suffered serious injury, or anyone who has been in love. It is also, unlike many autobiographies, exceptionally well written.

Hammond skips through his childhood and early career in a breezy manner which allows the reader to understand how he came to where he is today without being bogged down in detail or feeling the story drags. His accident was horrific; his recovery was described as swift and miraculous by the media but behind the scenes the struggles were immense and still remain. His story is told in blunt detail; his honesty and that of his wife who co-narrates the book is to be commended. Above all though this is a love story. Love of friends, of family, and that of a husband and his devoted wife. Unmissable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By baloo on 31 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
People who are saying this is a "sell-out", badly written or whatever other negativity seem to, on the whole, be missing the point.

Richard and Mindy Hammond are not writers (well, Richard does motoring articles/columns, but that's a whole different ball-game!) and they are writing about a very painful, difficult subject.

As a general fan of Top Gear, I was genuinely worried when I heard of Richard's accident, like many others, I frequently checked for updates on his status. It's like hearing the news that a fondly thought-of acquaintance had been seriously injured; you hoped and prayed they'd pull though but to be brutally honest, the outcome wouldn't drastically change your life.

Richard's recovery has been remarkable but very discreet, only his nearest and dearest really knew the hardships. This book is a small insight into that world. Partially as a thank you to all the people who showed their support through cards, flowers and words...and also as a sign of hope or just understanding to those who are fighting or have fought the same battle.

Richard tells us of his childhood experiences that ultimately led to the crash and his battle against severe brain damage. However, his wife, Mindy, gives us the most painful but inspirational story of all - Having to look after her confused, suffering Husband whilst trying to remain a loving, honest Mother to two scared little daughters. We see her strength, her weak moments and her undying patience, hope and love for her family.

My only criticism would be that, like Richard himself, it was just too short for my liking!! (sorry, I couldn't resist that one!!)
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