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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718176855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718176853
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.

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Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube (Evening Standard) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MT on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I hadn't read any of Clarkson's columns before, and found this fantastically entertaining and interesting, really recommend it, great light hearted diversion that's very much appreciated these days!
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Tozzy on 25 Sept. 2012
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Sad to say, as a Top Gear and Clarkson fan, this book didn't meet my expectations. I thought that all the years of Jeremy making money from having his old Telegraph columns printed as books was over and that we were getting something different this year...and we kind of are, but instead of the Telegraph columns, it's the Top Gear magazine columns. In fact the only newly written thing in it is Jeremy's introduction.

In the description it says 'And all along Jeremy was writing about it all. Here, collected between hard covers for the first time, are the fruits of his labours'. To me, this sounded like Jeremy had actually done like Hammond and actually written about a particular filming shoot or Top Gear live as it was happening. But no, it isn't, and whilst reading some columns from the 90s may be rather interesting, there's very little that makes me 'Ooh'. Some are just about a car themselves and Top Gear doesn't even get mentioned.

I never though I'd rate a Clarkson book so low but as far as I'm concerned, the description is misleading. If you love any column he writes, then you'll be happy with this, but if you wanted a proper in depth book about making the show, no such luck.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By redcarracer on 30 Sept. 2012
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Like the first reviewer I was expecting a book about his time at Top Gear but sadly a few pages in you get this note "The contents of this book first appeared in Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear magazine column between 1993 and 2011." Very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Anderson on 25 July 2013
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Oh the shame..he was so against Volvo in those days..and now he sings their praises...then came diesels,,,and he changed his mind...electric cars next? Toyota Prius? At least he admitted these articles may no longer represent his current opinion.
Usual humour with random connections..
First articles so old they were written before his kids arrived.
If only I could get passed the thought that we are paying for recycled material and that they don't represent his truth anymore.
Perhaps the book should be under fiction?
Still enjoyed it though
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TCarter002 on 6 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
After reading the blurb and the first reviews here I thought, "I won't buy this. I expected to get some background info on Top Gear, and this isn't it."

Then I downloaded the reading sample to my Kindle when I was down with the flu and needed something that would make me laugh, and that's something Jeremy has always managed to do. And I was not disappointed. On the contrary: This book has helped me get better, because it's such fun to read.

Okay, the blurb's a bit misleading, but if you read the sample and the reviews here, you know what you're going to get. On second thought, I didn't want all that background info on Top Gear anyway, because it might spoil the fun. Have you tried re-watching your favourite TV series from your teens? Way to kill your memories. You see all the stuff you didn't see back then, when ignorance was bliss. Do you really want to KNOW who the Stig is? To me, the question is much more intriguing than the answer.

Like PG Wodehouse's books, Jeremy's columns are great medicine and should be available prescription free. And they are. Thank you!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel K on 16 Nov. 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was the fourth Jeremy Clarkson book that I have read. The book was interesting and funny at the same time. I liked the way each chapter started with the car of the year and talked about the car throughout the chapter but also included the top five albums and movies of the year. I look forward to reading the next book.
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By Clive on 25 Oct. 2013
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Admitting an adaptation of JC's writing puts one in a socially unacceptable class these days but I have read quite a lot of Mr Clarkson 's output and I've enjoyed the vast majority of it. It is, however, quite variable at times. This is, definitely, not one of his best. To be fair, there are clear warnings that these articles are very old but that doesn't really make them any better. These articles are even shorter than most of Mr C 's missives and, boy, do they feel dated. As is often the case with these books, this one feels like a very cynical attempt to milk some more cash from fans by chucking together any old collection of previously published articles gathered into a book. Others in this series of books seem to have, at least, taken a stance of "These newspaper column articles were really very amusing so let's collate them for issue all together". That's not the feeling here. Here, it's more like "Let's just chuck together any old rubbish, selected at random: the fans are daft enough to pay good money for anything". The irony is that one of the articles covers Mr Clarkson 's easy capacity to allow avarice to overcome integrity (a book on the history of Ferrari) and he might as well end that article with "And now that you've paid money to read this, I've scored again!".

This doesn't change my view of the anti-pc dinosaur rebel; I still enjoy his writing style and I remain mildly worried by how frequently my own, most secret opinions chime so closely with his (of course, I couldn't possibly admit this openly). But I would only advise that you buy this book if you've read everything else from JC and you want to maintain your record. Otherwise, select one the other collections in this series as it will, almost certainly, be better than this.
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