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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that has received undeserved criticism.
The general criticism of `Round the Bend' is Clarkson's references to `the above picture'. Images are absent as the book is a simple `copy-and-paste' job of his Sunday Times columns. A previous reviewer describes this occurrence as `in nearly all of... [the] reviews'. This is an absolute exaggeration; I found about 10 and there are about 100 chapters. Although irritating,...
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fooled again
I wish I'd been warned beforehand. A new book by JC is a must-have for any self-respecting British petrolhead, even if it's one of his works which only mentions cars in passing. This latest opus is 100% cars, but the trouble is, it's simply a thrown-together collection of Jeremy's reviews for the Sunday Times since 2008. Which is all very well, unless you happen to be a...
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fooled again, 3 Nov 2011
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Andrew Kay (Périgord, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Round the Bend (Hardcover)
I wish I'd been warned beforehand. A new book by JC is a must-have for any self-respecting British petrolhead, even if it's one of his works which only mentions cars in passing. This latest opus is 100% cars, but the trouble is, it's simply a thrown-together collection of Jeremy's reviews for the Sunday Times since 2008. Which is all very well, unless you happen to be a Sunday Times reader,because if you are,that means you've seen all of this stuff before, except if you skipped an issue.

Now innumerable journalists have published anthologies of their newspaper articles, from H.L. Menken via Flann O'Brian to Hunter S.Thompson. Perhaps the best-known example is Charles Dickens. But Jeremy Clarkson, despite being a fine contemporary writer, is no Charles Dickens. And I used the expression 'thrown-together' to describe this collection seriously. You see, in nearly all of these separate reviews,the phrase 'in the picture above' recurs. The trouble is, there are no pictures, unlike when the article first appeared in the paper. Maybe this is for copyright reasons, or something like that, but even the most ardent petrolhead is hard-pushed to have such an encyclopedic knowledge of the motoring world that he can conjure up a mental image of every car Mr Clarkson refers to.

So the repetition of 'in the picture above' niggles at first, then becomes irritating, and finally leads the reader to feel negative about the book as a whole. It's not just bad editing, it's a sign of no editing at all, and that's why I give this one only three stars. The writing itself is just as much fun as ever, and the timing of publication for the paperback version impeccable: it will end up in any number of Christmas stockings without a doubt. But it's a bit of a cheap shot.

'Could have tried harder'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 25 July 2012
This review is from: Round the Bend (Paperback)
I've got to admit this isn't one of Clarkson's finest. It is still a good read and funny in places but not as entertaining as his earlier books. Also, as has been mentioned in some of the other reviews, constant references to photos of cars that don't exist became a bit wearing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that has received undeserved criticism., 14 Sep 2012
This review is from: Round the Bend (Paperback)
The general criticism of `Round the Bend' is Clarkson's references to `the above picture'. Images are absent as the book is a simple `copy-and-paste' job of his Sunday Times columns. A previous reviewer describes this occurrence as `in nearly all of... [the] reviews'. This is an absolute exaggeration; I found about 10 and there are about 100 chapters. Although irritating, watchers of Top Gear aren't likely to have problems visualising the chosen car.

Aside from this error, Clarkson's reviews do not disappoint. They are short (about 4 pages each), perfect for those without much time. Often, the first 75% of each extract is a rant, which is then skilfully linked to the characteristic of the chosen car for the final 25%. The rants are laugh-out-loud amusing, commonly mocking politicians, environmentalists or Audi drivers, and his car-talk relates to the everyday person, not steeped in confusing automotive jargon.

To conclude, finely written (for Clarkson fans), yet the poor editing job subtracts from its overall success.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Duped again., 19 Feb 2012
This review is from: Round the Bend (Hardcover)
As a huge TopGear fan, I love Jeremy Clarksons irreverent style. I like his tone and the way he describes things sometimes in the most inconceivable ways. Humour mixed with a message. Great stuff.... Usually.

This book does contain his irreverent and unmistakable style for sure, it is Jeremy Clarkson who penned it originally. But this unfortunately is just a mash if his Sunday Times peices thrown together for £20. Not exactly Best-seller material. To top it off, most of the cars mentioned are out of date by today's standards, some articles date back to 2008, some 4 years ago (at the Time of writing this).

It seems a shame that such a man, with such a way with words, and knowledge of all things automotive, would sign off on this, which in all honesty is a fast money maker and not much else.

Shame on you Mr. Clarkson, your fans deserve better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 July 2014
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A good excuse for some peace and quiet, except from the sniggers and giggles and occasional quotes that is!
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3.0 out of 5 stars motoring musings, 13 May 2014
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Another in the series where various cars are reviewed with the usual wit and humour. I'm definitely not a petrolhead but
enjoy reading the reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on the Clarkson theme, 31 Mar 2014
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Bought as a gift for a Clarkson fan and it does not disappoint. Plenty in there to laugh along with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Usual excellent non pc, 31 Mar 2014
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Excellent descriptive analysis of cars with his own brand of sarcasm and humour.Excellent buy. Recommend it to all car drivers
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, 2 Jan 2014
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not bad but not brilliant either. its the first of his books ive read and the format seems to be short snip bits thaat must of been in his sun paper column.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit the same, 6 Sep 2013
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I always enjoy Clarksons view on cars and life surrounding them, however this is very much the same as some as his other books. I still had laugh out loud moments.
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