on 12 December 2013
A fantastic book written from the heart by a very ordinary, but obviously, very special person. Life on the grand prix circuit seems
a million miles away from most of us but this puts wholesale reality and genuine feeling to it. It is a simple format: 'I was there, working', but Di Spires tells it as it is and you feel that it was written to you personally. She obviously met some very rich and famous people on a very regular basis but was not fazed by them, she 'just made the tea' and lots, lots more without fuss. Brilliant.
on 14 September 2014
There's nothing better than a giant positive surprise. And that's what you'll have by reading this book. In fact, this is one of the best and most revealing F1 books I've ever read (and I've read a lot of them by now), showing that the best stories aren't always those told by drivers or team principals. This book tells the story of Di Spires and his husband Stuart, who went on to pursuit their dream of entering the world of Formula 1 as hospitality caterers.
We learn their hopes, their let-downs, their good moments and some of the bad ones. It's sometimes a heart-wrenching book, as Di and Stu crossed the paths of so many big names in F1, some of them prematurely lost. It's very well written, with a pinch of humour, which is very much welcome. Even the bits regarding their personnal life are perfectly integrated.
All in all, I blindly reccomend this book to anyone who wants to know more about some of F1's big names, like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Peter Warr or Johnny Herbert. Go for it! You won't be disappointed!
on 23 April 2014
I loved this book - A masterpiece, entertaining and humorous. It paints a colourful picture of motor-racing and personalities. Life on the road, in and away from the paddock. An appreciation of what happens behind-the-scenes and full of hard work, tears and why there's so much more to making the tea.