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on 10 January 2010
This book seems to attract a dichotomy of views. Most love it, a significant few hate it.In the same vein, I think the book is one of two halves.
The build up to the accident is interesting and well written. Like any biography it nicely defines the character and details his rise to being a Top Gear presenter.
The accident itself is well paced, and despite knowing the outcome, there is no doubting the tension builds for the reader as the moment arrives.
The second half of the book is VERY long. What quickly becomes clear is the love and bonding of the Hammond family, but as chapters go on it quite frankly becomes tedious and boring.The attention to trivia was so great I was almost expecting Mindy to publish her supermarket shopping list. For me there was also this feeling of undeserved privilege running through proceedings.Do other victims of this type of injury get such special treatment? I doubt it.
By the time they had all been whisked to Scotland, by whom I never quite worked out, I was skipping pages and longing for the end. The trouble was the end was rushed and not where it should have been.
The timetable of events was confusing, dates should have been added. Details of the injury and more reference to other patients would have helped. The story should have followed through to the present day.
I love autobiographies/biographies. This was not the best.