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The Top Gear Years [Hardcover]

Jeremy Clarkson
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Book Description

27 Sep 2012

We now know all about the world according to Clarkson. In a series of bestselling books, including How Hard Can It Be? and Round the Bend, Jeremy has revealed it to be a puzzling, frustrating place where all too often the lunatics seem to be running the asylum. But in The Top Gear Years, we get something rather different.

Because ten years ago, at an ex-RAF aerodrome in Surrey, Jeremy and his friends built a world that was rather more to his liking: they called it Top Gear HQ.

And Top Gear is for Jeremy what the jungle is for Tarzan: the perfect place to work and play.

But they didn't stop there. With this corner of Surrey sorted out, Jeremy and the boys decided to have a crack at the rest of the world. With Top Gear Live charging through with the subtlety of a touring heavy rock band and far flung outposts across the globe from North America to China - an empire of petrol-headed upon which the sun never set.

And all along Jeremy was writing about it in Top Gear magazine. Here, collected between hard covers for the first time, are the fruits of his labours: the cars, the hijinx, the pleasure and the pain. Brilliantly written and laugh out loud funny, The Top Gear Years is Clarkson at his pithy, provocative, hilarious best.

Praise for Jeremy Clarkson:

'Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube' Evening Standard

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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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718176855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718176853
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,460 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Top Gear Years 16 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! 12 Nov 2012
By MT
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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here! 30 Sep 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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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I was Expecting 25 Sep 2012
By Tozzy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 22 Aug 2013
By PB
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Another rehash of previously rehashed material from the newspaper articles. Guess I shouldnt have assumed it was something new from the indication in the title. Boo.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor 6 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
Like he needs the money....this amounts to nothing more than a tarted up hardcovered collection of everything he's written in Top Gear magazine over the last ten years or so.

Phrases like "shameless cash in" spring to mind. If you take Top Gear magazine, then sorry, you've read this. In a different font obviously, the publisher has at least taken the articles and reformatted them, as opposed to ripping the page(s) out of the magazine and standing at the photocopier.

If all the proceeds were going to a worthy cause like Help for Heroes rather than his back pocket, then perhaps worthy of a purchase. Alas, not.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally misleading book description 12 Oct 2012
By MD Eden
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book expecting an autobiographical account of Jeremy Clarkson and his time on 'Top Gear'

All I got was a collection of previously published articles - while funny and sarcastic this is not what I wanted and paid for.

Even the book description gives a misleading sense of what to expect.

What a rip off!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Carkson 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson The Top Gear Years
I enjoy watching every episode of Top Gear, even though sometimes they can be a bit over the top, so I thought this might be a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs L M Newstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Got this book for Christmas,very true to Jeremy , enjoyable and funny, a must read if you like top gear.
Published 3 months ago by Beverley Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man
I've read all his books laugh out loud. The only think that annoys me is the same stories his books.
Published 4 months ago by Diane
3.0 out of 5 stars What can I say
We all know Clarkson by now, acerbic wit in easy to read controversial musings. I tend not to read any of his motoring columns in the press so most of the stuff was fresh to me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by superbonce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book gives you a great view of what a
happens behind the scenes of Top Gear it was a great read
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Daly
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here
What a shame, I was expecting something new in this book but unfortunately (as mentioned in other reviews) it's just old recycled articles combined into a book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Azra B
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT HIS BEST
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Clive
5.0 out of 5 stars clarkson
Just what you expect from Mr clarkson , funny and as he sees it, great read as usual . Not war and peace but who wants that anyway :-)
Published 6 months ago by Steve Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If your a Jeremy Clarkson fan then you will enjoy this. All the best bits from his articles over the many years. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Read this book from cover to cover and frankly could not put it down. Though a collection of his newspaper columns, I have never read them before and found them humorous and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by cherkhan
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