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This review is from: Shunt: The Story of James Hunt (Hardcover)
This is a serious undertaking for any reader - well over 700 pages, but having been an F1 fan since Las Vegas 1982 and having enjoyed Hunt's commentary right up until premature his death, I settled back for a read which I hoped would shed light on this mercurial man.
There are strengths and weaknesses with this book: Its weaknesses lie in the rather odd timeline - the books jumps forwards and backwards in time, which can be a little confusing but once you get used to it then it becomes less irksome. There are a few uneccesary diversions and some rather good ones: I was not at all interested in Richard Burton/Liz Taylor but there is a rather illuminating chapter about Ronnie Peterson's death.
I didn't spot many of the errors/spelling mistakes alluded to by other readers, but I was mildly surprised to read that James, according to Mr Rubython, won a total of 11 grands prix - I have always known he won a total of 10 - but perhaps the author is including a non-championship win in this total?
Having not read Donaldson's biography a lot of this material was new for me - so no criticism there - I enjoyed reading about his time in Marbella and also his early life - these parts were highly readable. While I knew about the Gilles Villeneuve connection, Mr Rubython added some interesting info into this particular episode.
What really fascinates and repels is James attitude to women and I would have dearly loved to have had more details here although the author does confess to not having been able to prise any kiss-and-tell nuggets from former beaus apart that is from the translation of the dutch journalist that made fascinating reading.
One final point: Not sure about entitling the book 'Shunt' Mr Rubython informs us in his forward that he and his friends were rather pleased with themselves for coming up with this title - god knows why - the nickname was briefly in vogue early in James' career and I certainly don't think epitomised him as a man or driver. So, no, Mr Rubython you didn't get that right at all. In fact I'd go as far as saying that the title does James a grave injustice.