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One Glorious Hour

One Glorious Hour [Kindle Edition]

Don Shaw
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‘Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife, throughout the sensual world proclaim, one crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.’ This is a story of, arguably, the most compelling and moving sports drama of all time. It matters because it is a testament to the eternal values of friendship, honesty of purpose, and self sacrifice. It is played out in the bloody arena of the highly dangerous Grand Prix motor racing of the fifties; an age in which the drivers were still amateurs and the sport controllers and team owners, as yet, untainted by the corruption of big money. Inspiring as it is tragic, the hero of classical proportion is faced with a terrible dilemma. Rarely does a true life story match the best of fiction. ONE GLORIOUS HOUR does just that.

About the Author

DON SHAW has been a full-time writer for film, stage, radio and TV since 1968, and before that a teacher of the deaf. He won his first award in 1968 and went on to become one of the top TV writers, winning awards both at home and internationally. He was the creator of the BBC drama series Dangerfield, and has been Visiting Professor in Drama at Derby University for many years. His first book The Hike was self-published and at Christmas 2004 outsold The Da Vinci Code in Derbyshire. His first book for Breedon Publishing (DB's previous name), was the sequel, The Hike and every damn thing else. Married with three children, Don lives in Mickleover, near Derby.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780910436
  • Publisher: JMD Media (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F5VXX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, But Flawed 12 Dec 2012
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As a long-time F1 aficionado, this book appealed to me as an 'easy' way to learn more about England's first winner of the World Drivers Championship, Mike Hawthorn.

It is undoubtedly a brilliant read, written in the style of a novel, but I found it rather jarring in some respects because of an apparent lack of research by the author, and a somewhat cavalier attitude to the narrative timeline, which rather spoiled it for me. If I couldn't believe some parts of the book, I found myself doubting everything in it...

He refers to one of the protagonists in his story making a transatlantic flight to the UK in a BOAC de Havilland Comet. The flight in question took place before her husband's death, (which definitely occurred on 3rd August, 1958), but transatlantic Comet services did not begin until the introduction of the Comet 4, and that aircraft didn't even receive it's certificate of airworthiness until the following month, September 1958. She simply couldn't have made the flight as described. (All the author needed to have done was substitute 'Comet' with 'Stratocruiser' or 'Constellation' or something, and it would have been fine.)

Describing a trip to Dublin he describes the port of Dún Laoghaire as being 'the place where the River Liffey merged with the sea', when in reality that port is actually some distance along the coast to the south of the Liffey estuary.

He refers to Hawthorn seeing another driver's coffin at the latter's memorial service. In the narrative this memorial service takes place after a meeting in Maranello with Enzo Ferrari. And yet, in a previous chapter, we hear that the funeral, (in which the coffin would have been destroyed during the cremation), had taken place before that Maranello meeting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Mills & Boon of Motor Sport Books 14 Mar 2013
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This book is described as "The Mike Hawthorn Story", but if that' s what you're looking for, please don't bother with it. It reads like a Mills and Boon, or maybe a rather trashy love-interest paperback from an obscure publisher. Full of what must be made-up detail, the innermost thoughts and agonisings of the protagonists, unnecessary (and very flowery) description, and little of any worthwhile substance about the drivers or the teams.
I've never submitted one of these reviews before; and it's very rare for me to leave a book unfinished. I've done both this time.
Avoid it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A novel, not a history 28 Feb 2013
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If you read this book as an imaginative novel, it might work for you. I bought it because I am a Mike Hawthorn fan and followed the 1958 season with enormous interest. If you know anything about motor racing in 1958, you will be continually wincing at the anachronisms of this story. Don Shaw may have some knowledge of Formula 1 today but clearly he knows little of the past. For example, he assumes that drivers in 1958 wore visors and used rip-offs. Hawthorn was unusual in usually wearing a visor; most of his rivals wore goggles. Visors were reserved for wet races. Visors only became the norm when full-face helmets were adopted by drivers. Rip-offs were a much more recent invention. Similarly the warm-up lap was not the norm in 1958. There are other examples of poor research. Even the title is a misquotation of a well-known poem! But if you want a fictional account, a sensational yarn, and you're not bothered about accuracy, you might find this book readable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Glorious Hour 18 Oct 2012
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Mike Hawthorn One Glorious Hour: A True Story - July 1958 - January 1959
As an avowed petrol head just a little too young to know Grand Prix motor racing in the fifties my interest was awakened by another book, The Limit. Keen to learn more I bought this book as reading matter for my impending holiday but I made the mistake of starting to read it beforehand and have just finished it. It is a fabulous read, easy to digest with just the right amount of information and description of what drove Mike Hawthorn and his relationships with those around him. Don Shaw writes with an apparent love of his subject, we are spared much of the gory detail that other books contain, but there is sufficient to allow the reader to build vivid pictures of what was happening and how Mike suffered both physically and emotionally in those few months leading to his championship and his death in early '59. I almost felt that at times I was there. The emotions of those who came into contact with him and his love for his close friends is all too apparent. What might have been an ultimately very sad story was in my view rather uplifting and by the end I felt that I understood Mike rather well. A truly excellent book and in my opinion an excellent basis for a feature film that would be an Oscar winner - perhaps Ron Howard should read it!
Read it and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh well... 2 July 2013
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Not really a bad read in itself, but rather useless. As a historical work, the book is lame on all sides; as a work of fiction, it's a bit silly. The author might think that he equals Tom Holland in "interpreting" history. He doens't.
Clearly written with Hollywood in mind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Glorious Pantomime! 14 Feb 2013
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Disappointed; there are much better books to be read on this subject. The writing is pretty awful, unless you read it like a 1950's race commentator would speak.
I understand that it is a fictional account, but the characters come across as though they were from a pantomime....we have a hero in the form of Pete Collins, villains in the form of Enzo Ferrari & Carlotta (her real name changed to save Don Shaw from being sued since she's still alive?) and as for Mike Hawthorn, I came away from reading the book thinking he was a pretty unlikeable character, particularly in the way he treated others.
From other books I've read on the subject, Don Shaw seems to have played pretty fast and loose with the characters of the people he's portraying in the book.
Personally I would save your money and buy a book that is better written and researched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Not sure how much is based on fact off the track but the racing facts are true.A good decent read.
Published 3 months ago by ioe6cyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
I have read several books around mikes life, some direct, some indirect and also some first hand and some second hand accounts of his life,I must say this was far more in-depth... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR N J CHANDLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A fab book, only read a small amount as bought for a gift.
The reciever enjoyed reading it .... very detailed.
Published 8 months ago by S7AC3Y
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing- regrettably in almost every way
I was enormously disappointed by this book. I have read much about Mike Hawthorn and was eager to see how a dramatised biographical account might work. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M Shepherd
2.0 out of 5 stars Insensitive
This 'novel' is over long, 90% fiction and very hurtful to the subjects whose relatives are still living.

I would not recommend it to anyone !
Published 14 months ago by A. Lewis-Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Incredible Story
This has to be one of the most evocative and moving stories in the history of motor sport. Brilliantly recreated and superbly researched it is a very emotional insight into the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alanj
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale
My husband is currently in the midst of an orgy of 1950's Motor racing books and DVD's. He said "Having read some of the factual stuff written about Peter Collins and Mike... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs S Parr
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Absorbing
I have been an avid follower of Formula One from the 1953 British Grand Prix until the present day. I met Hawthorn early in 1958 at his garage where I had a drive with him in a TR... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert R. Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you buy it on offer
Enjoyable enough at the price I paid for it, the prose is a bit laboured at times and not much in the way of description. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul Cole
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