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The Playboy and the Rat - the story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda

The Playboy and the Rat - the story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda [Kindle Edition]

Roy Calley
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James Hunt and Niki Lauda defined an era in Formula 1 in the 70s. Their battle for the 1976 World Championship is still regarded as one of the most exciting and dramatic in the sport's history. This is the story of that season and much more. With Lauda's return from life-threatening injuries the stuff of legend and Hunt's last gasp title success bringing a whole new generation of followers previously immune to the sport, the Playboy and the Rat brings that story to life once more. After that remarkable season, their careers, and their lives, went in almost polar opposite directions, with Lauda becoming the respected elder statesman of the sport. Hunt died at an unseemly age after a life that typified the image of a racing driver. 'The Playboy and the Rat' tells their story from ambition-filled beginnings to the culmination of their dreams and beyond.

About the Author

Roy Calley works for BBC Sport and has been involved in F1 in one form or another since the mid 70s. His all-time sporting hero was James Hunt, ever since seeing him race in 1976. Calley is also a massive fan of Blackpool Football Club and writes about the club. He also goes to games as much as his busy Formula One schedule allows.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1622 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780910533
  • Publisher: JMD Media; First Edition edition (10 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have worked for the BBC for over 20 years, all of it in sport, and have been fortunate enough to cover some truly remarkable sporting events. My real sporting passion is for Blackpool Football Club, who I first started supporting in 1967 and have seen more lows than highs in that time, and Motor-Sport. In fact my all-time sporting heroes were a little-known Pool player called Alan Suddick (who I was fortunate enough to meet at a book signing where I bored him senseless) and James Hunt (who I ever only saw once at the 1978 British Grand Prix when he was at the 'downside' of his career).
My all-time sporting passion/ambition is to break the World Water Speed Record on Lake Coniston.
Recently 'The Playboy and the Rat', a combined biography of James Hunt and Niki Lauda was released which received reasonably favourable reviews.
In September 2014 'Water Speed Record - Fast and the Forgotten' will be released, which is a personality-driven history of the record attempts down the years. This has been a work of passion for me and I really hope you like it.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A rush job 16 Oct 2013
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Interesting subject matter, but the book is quite short (under 200 pages of actual text) and feels a little rushed as a consequence.

The punctuation is quite poor in places. It is quite distracting to be reading a book whilst mentally adding commas and semi colons as you go in order for it to make sense. There is also (to my mind) an over use of exclamation marks. Exclamation marks are for dialogue (not for narrative) but this author appears to have been somewhat addicted to using them. For example; 'He went into more debt!' and, 'The cars were fine it was just the drivers!'. There are numerous other examples and I winced every time I saw one.

The narrative also jumps around a bit by mentioning matters that happen later on, followed by a sentence reading; 'more on that to come' or 'we'll come back to that later'. I'd rather the story were told chronologically, without the colloquialisms.

I also feel that the author's opinion comes across too strongly at points throughout the book, such as superfluous and irrelevant asides on the 'natural beauty' of the Lotus 79, or comments on 'poor Suzy' (Hunt's wife). I would have preferred a more impartial narrator who stuck to the facts (and didn't take sides). I bought the book to find out more about Hunt and Lauda and their perspective on the events which took place. I don't think either of them were quoted enough.

In short, I think it is clear (from the coinciding release dates) that this book was written quickly in order to make money from the release of the film, 'Rush'. Unfortunately it shows.

I only bought this as Lauda's autobiography (To Hell and Back) appears to be out of print, as the only copies you can pick up on Amazon start at £85. Hopefully the publisher will see sense and re-issue it now that the film is out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well written account 29 Dec 2013
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It is a fair and god read. Very objective - insightful - readable. For fans, it is worth buying and is good value
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cant go wrong on the subject matter. choppily written 21 Oct 2013
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Subject matter is excellent. The writing is terribly choppy and jumps around. It's almost like he's calling the book like one would call a race. "Hunt was like this when.. Lauda was here and people thought... but Hunt... on and on" Good material very badly presented.
4.0 out of 5 stars Story good, but digitalization could be better 30 May 2014
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The story is very entertaining and gives a good idea of what racing was like "back in the day." Formula One was a very, very dangerous sport. However, the digitalization of the book leaves a lot to be desired. Much of the punctuation has been omitted, resulting in run-on sentences that result in confusion. I was constantly re-reading paragraphs to determine what portion was modifying what. I cannot recommend the Kindle version as it is, so if you want to read the book get the print version, at least until the Kindle version is updated.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK book but badly printed 26 Nov 2013
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Not a bad book. The writing was OK but not stellar. The biggest problem is the printing. There was one line of text on every other page that is illegible.
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been more. 30 Oct 2013
By Gerard H. - Published on
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First Formula 1 book I have read. Developed the individuals lives pretty well. I think it needed to dwell a little more on Niki. Hunt certainly not a likable character. I think he has gotten a lot more publicity than a one time world champion deserves. How about a book on the feud between Senna and Prost.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book had a little different perspective and some new info to flesh out the story so I was glad I bought it 13 Aug 2014
By Bobbie J. Ballance - Published on
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I became very interested in this story after seeing the movie "RUSH". This book had a little different perspective and some new info to flesh out the story so I was glad I bought it.
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