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Stirling Moss: The Authorised Biography [Paperback]

Robert Edwards
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14 Aug 2014

Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss raced professionally over 500 times until his near fatal crash in 1962. At the end of his racing career, he was the most famous Briton - no footballer, jockey, boxer or pop star has approached the national adulation Moss received.

In this book Robert Edwards recounts the life of this extraordinary man, whose tally of wins was proportionately higher than that of any other driver, ever, by a wide margin.

During his colourful racing career, Stirling Moss was incredibly gifted and competitive, and he has talked in detail to Robert Edwards about his eventful life, from the bullying at school which helped forge his competitive spirit to the crash that almost ended his life.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780228783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780228785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the time of his shock retirement after a near-fatal crash in 1962, motor-racing legend Stirling Moss was the most famous British sportsman of his era, and is still rated by some as the most successful driver of all time. Now, nearly 40 years later, motor sport writer Robert Edwards draws on unprecedented access to the man himself, and his private library of images and memorabilia, as they reflect together on an extraordinary life on the edge.

Moss rose to the top in an era when death on the track was a commonplace hazard; when drivers squeezed astonishing speeds out of cars, that in safety and handling terms would compare unfavourably with a modern-day family runabout.

Stirling took the lead on lap 35 and started to watch his tyres very carefully indeed ... on lap 65 the tell-tale breaker strip started to appear as the tread was simply smeared off the tyre. The odds on having a puncture were now very short. The gearbox was holding up (the clutch had failed 40-odd laps ago) ... and Stirling began to drive very carefully, directing the smoothed and fragile tyres across every piece of grass he could find to ease the friction...
What made it possible, far more than in today's digitally engineered and monitored sport, was the character of the man behind the grime-encrusted goggles. In Moss's case, as Edwards reveals, the popular image of the steely-eyed, ramrod-backed Knight of the British Empire is far from the complete story.

An exquisitely designed coffee table book--and it would have to be a pretty robust piece of furniture, because this is a notably hefty tome--Stirling Moss--The Authorised Biography displays production values, and a daring but sympathetic use of abundant visual material, that would not be out of place in a work of art history. And a similarly scholarly philosophy underpins the comprehensive and revealing text--Edwards is clearly a fan, but is happy to let Moss the man, and his achievements, stand in their historical and social context. This book is all the more entertaining and awe-inspiring for that. --AlexHankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first authorised biography of one of Britain's best-loved sportsmen. A special illustrated edition reissued to celebrate Moss's 85th birthday.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good to read as it is to look at. 8 Aug 2001
Format:Hardcover
Superb illustrations and well-considered words make this an excellent biography of one of the sport's greatest heroes. Edwards has clearly spent a lot of time getting to know Moss and has produced a superb book that goes well beyond the typical "...and then we went to Monza" biographical cliches - the book shows a clear understanding of Moss's character, background and ambitions.
It's also one of the most handsome racing books I've seen for a long time - up with Eric Dymock's "The Jim Clark Book" as a triumph of tasteful design work.
Excellent, thought-provoking, and definitely a book you'll come back to both to read and to look at.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Writer fails to excite 9 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
To be honest, I'm finding Edwards' style rather annoying at times - constantly using French phrases in italics, which are really not commonly used in English. Pretentious, moi?
All the facts are here, and the book contains some interesting stuff, because I really know nothing about Moss. However, the author certainly does not have the writing prowess to bring alive a motor race, like Donaldson does, for example. Along with this book, I also bought Donaldson's Fangio, so I'm looking forward to that!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to its promise. 15 April 2005
Format:Paperback
The big coffee table hardback version is worth having for the scales of the photos, but this paperback edition has to rely on the narrative, and I've found that somewhat misses what it promises. I didn't really find that it gave me any more of an insight into its subject that I've got from the countless other books which have preceeded it. I've kept the hardback, but the paperback has been sold on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not the definitive biography 18 Aug 2001
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Format:Hardcover
This may be the best book yet on Moss, but still it falls far short of the definitive biography that I was hoping for. This is probably due to the fact that Mr. Moss is still alive(thankfully!)and really good biographies never seem to be written while the subject is still around.
Nevertheless, I must say that this book is lite reading, far too much emphasis on design and photos--the best of which we've seen many many times. More indepth exploration of the man would have been appreciated. There are some interesting revelations, but not enough to make up for what is really another rehashing of the well known legend of Stirling.
What type of book did I have in mind? Something truly definitive like Gerald Donaldson's James Hunt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a Gentleman Racer 1 Aug 2001
Format:Hardcover
This large format book is packed with rare pictures and cutting's from Stirling's own private archive, illustrating all elements of his racing career (and beyond).
An especially interesting part is the story of the letter sent to Mr Moss Snr giving an eye-witness account of Stirling's career-ending crash at Goodwood.
Well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible value for money 1 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is a "must have" book for any motor racing fan. Large format with lots of illustrations. Buy a copy now!
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