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2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I was Expecting, 25 Sep 2012
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Sad to say, as a Top Gear and Clarkson fan, this book didn't meet my expectations. I thought that all the years of Jeremy making money from having his old Telegraph columns printed as books was over and that we were getting something different this year...and we kind of are, but instead of the Telegraph columns, it's the Top Gear magazine columns. In fact the only newly written thing in it is Jeremy's introduction.

In the description it says 'And all along Jeremy was writing about it all. Here, collected between hard covers for the first time, are the fruits of his labours'. To me, this sounded like Jeremy had actually done like Hammond and actually written about a particular filming shoot or Top Gear live as it was happening. But no, it isn't, and whilst reading some columns from the 90s may be rather interesting, there's very little that makes me 'Ooh'. Some are just about a car themselves and Top Gear doesn't even get mentioned.

I never though I'd rate a Clarkson book so low but as far as I'm concerned, the description is misleading. If you love any column he writes, then you'll be happy with this, but if you wanted a proper in depth book about making the show, no such luck.
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2012 09:58:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Sep 2012 14:55:46 BDT
KH says:
Totally agree with your review, this has come straight off my wishlist having also now seen the Kindle sample.

I suspect the words you quote are publisher-speak for the very opposite of your (and my) interpretation, ie at face value it sounds original but actually they're weasel words that just say it's in a new format. A bit like how they can print the words "the new bestseller" on the cover before a single copy is sold.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2012 19:08:15 BDT
Paul T says:
I agree too. This book was published on 27th September and I see the online webstore "Book People" are already remaindering it for 6-99. Enough said?

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 18:15:37 GMT
R. Smith says:
His column is in the Times.
Du-uh

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 21:57:30 GMT
Paul T says:
Not seen Clarkson writing in the Times. Isn't it the Sunday Times?

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 13:28:18 GMT
FULLSTOP says:
Agree. Clarkson has become lazy and greedy as he endlessly flogs that which he already written conning us into thinking he has bothered to write something new. He believes his own publicity which is rarely flattering these days. His writing and TV presentation format is beginning to look and sound too predictable, like an overused cliche.
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