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That Near Death Thing: Inside the TT- The World's Most Dangerous Race [Hardcover]

Rick Broadbent
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17 May 2012

That Near Death Thing is a life-affirming journey to the heart of the world's most dangerous race. The Isle of Man TT is a throwback to a maverick era that existed before PR platitudes and PC attitudes. William Hill-shortlisted author Rick Broadbent gets inside the helmets of four leading motorcycle racers as they battle fear, fire and family tragedy for a gritty sort of glory. Guy Martin is a tea-drinking truck mechanic and TV eccentric who 'sucks the rabbits out of hedges', but must now deal with the flipside of fame; Conor Cummins is the local hero facing a race against time as he battles depression and a broken body after falling down the mountain; John McGuinness is the living legend fending off the ravages of middle-age for one last hurrah; Michael Dunlop is the wild child living with one of the most remarkable legacies in sport. They tell their astonishing stories in a book that provides the most rounded, intimate, behind-the-scences account yet of the last great race.

Rick Broadbent has delivered the final word on the Isle of Man TT; one that really gets to grips with an event that continually pulls unsung riders and fans back year after year to witness That Near Death Thing.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409143406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409143406
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What possesses man to risk his life and limb in search of the next high?.. Times journalist and author Broadbent has come closer than ever to answering that question. (PRESS ASSOCIATION 2012-06-16)

I seem to have consumed every TT-related book/article/video clip so far, but this one is a cracker... perhaps the best of all (MOTORSPORT 2012-09-01)

Broadbent skilfully weaves in this history of TT racing as this quartet of riders lap the 37.75 mile course.. by the end you might not share these men's passions but you begin to understand, even admire it. (Simon Redfern THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 2012-08-05)

There are 242 corners on the TT course and this book leaves you with the impression that death is lurking round every one. (SPORT 2012-11-16)

I'll have a soft spot for That Near Death Thing by Rick Broadbent, a terrific piece of work on the Isle of Man TT (Frank Keating THE OBSERVER 2012-11-25)

How can it be worth it? Rick Broadbent's raw, tender book comes close to the heart of the mystery. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 2012-11-25)

a thrilling ride 'inside the helmets' of four victory-hungry daredevils. (Megan Walsh THE TIMES 2012-12-08)

a great read (THE INDEPENDENT 2012-12-08)

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The Isle of Man TT - the world's most dangerous race - as seen through the eyes of four leading racers.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably THE best book on the TT 20 July 2012
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Ok - bold claim, but I have read pretty much all of the books ever written about the TT. This book, I believe tops them all. The writing is almost poetic in its approach. You can almost feel the passion oozing from every chapter as the author conveys the main protagonists (Dunlop, cummins, Martin & mcguinness).
It charts the 2010/11 Races and interchanges between the 2 very well. Each of the races are covered, though rather than have a blow by blow account of the race in commentary format, the text is well written enough to maintain your interest whilst egging you to read on.
I really was impressed by this book. It even charted a number of facts about both the riders and the race itself that I had not heard of before.
An excellent read; one which I feel any bike fan must read. Even if you have no interest in this great sport - read this regardless!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - heart stopping 1 July 2012
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No exaggeration to say this is the best motorcycle book I've read and I have a shelf full of them. A totally absorbing and well constructed story. You feel like your stood in the Isle of Man listening to the racers talk and watching the racing. Even someone not interested in motorcycles will be hooked by the intensity and drama of the story. Life affirming and mad, thank god for the TT and this excellent record of why it acts as such a magnetic to racers and spectators a like.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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John McGuinness, Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins may not be household names to rival stars of football or formula one, but they are legends in the world of TT racing and on the Isle of Man.
Rick Broadbent's intelligent book follows the four men through the thrills and near-death spills of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. It is not simply a starry-eyed account of pit stops, podium finishes and petrol-fuelled bravado, but, as befits the TT, a grittier look at the racers' lives, their terrible injuries and the impact the sport has had on their families and loved ones.
If you want to know how much courage, skill and determination it takes to climb onto a motorbike and hurtle past telegraph poles, dry stone walls and stray cats at 200mph, then That Near-Death Thing is essential reading. And what makes it even more fascinating is that the heroes of this book could not be further removed from the glitz, glamour and mega bucks of Formula One. The men who bring the crowds back to the Isle of Man ever year spend the night before big races kipping in lock-up garages, under awnings on camp sites and in the case of Manxman Conor Cummins, in his bedroom at his Mum and Dad's house in Ramsey. They are ordinary men capable of extraordinary feats and this book is a chance to read their fascinating stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That near death thing 1 July 2012
By cyclo
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As a very keen enthusiast of the IOM TT for at least 50 years,this book is probably the most intriguing insight into what the riders go through during TT fortnight.Exceptionally well written and unputdownable.Rick Broadbent is to be congratulated on his ability to capture the spirit of the TT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a captivating read 12 Nov 2012
By S. Pope
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If you're a fan of the TT and have watched 'TT:3D' a handful of times then this book is for you.
It covers the same years' TT races as the movie only obviously in more detail.

The interviews the author had with John McGuinness in particular were my favourite parts of the book. Considering I hadn't seen this book advertised anywhere I was very pleasantly surprised with it and if there were ten stars I'd give it a full ten.

It goes into my top three favourite books without a doubt. I'll try not to use the old cliche "I couldn't put it down" but it rings true as I finished this book in record time.
That's not to say it was short, anything but. I just really enjoyed reading it and I'd highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great 7 Sep 2012
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As an annual visitor to the TT I was curious enough to read this book albeit with limited expectations. A lot of bike books i have read to date have been average. This however really grew on me, the characters followed are very different, the contrast between Guy Martin and John McGuinness really add depth to the pictures of the racers involved

Highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Jun 2012
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Just finished reading this on my return from the 2012 TT. Really interesting read and good to get to know a bit about the riders we have been watching charging round the Island. Would recommend to other readers to try and get out to the Island to experience the racing for real, even my five year old son is hooked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 15 Oct 2012
Brilliant book, definitely worth the money, you won't be able to put it down! A must for any road racing fan!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I enjoyed reading this book about the TT. It was a good insight into some of the characters and the excitement of the race. Well done.
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Excellent insight into the minds and motivations of road racers, I don't ride and probably still don't truly understand why these guys do it other than the addiction to almost... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Partridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
Agreat read to anybody who wishes to know the gtitty truth of the guts needed to road race.
A good insight into these daer devil men.
Published 2 months ago by Mr John M Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
having become a recent fan of the TT, I wanted to arm myself with some more information about this amazing race. Read more
Published 2 months ago by friendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read.
I enjoyed this book, well written and a must for TT fans. Insight into the riders and the event over the TT fortnight.
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