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That Near Death Thing: Inside the TT- The World's Most Dangerous Race Hardcover – 17 May 2012

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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: 14.5 x 3.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,249 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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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 you're 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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