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3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 17 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Aug. 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQFEIW
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Format: Hardcover
Ah yes, British motorsport in the 70's was by most accounts a great time and place to be, we had heroic Formula One and Motorbike Grand Prix champions James Hunt and Barry Sheene in the same year, The Isle Of Man TT races were in their heyday, Silverstone was still a full on flat out venue before tighter chicanes and the Brooklands complex slowed the racing down and the British public couldn't get enough of it. Close your eyes and you can almost smell the Castrol R on a warm summers day. However behind the rose tinted glamour are stories of all too frequent and avoidable close brushes with death, below par venues, badly engineered machinery and organisational chaos, and this book certainly gives an honest insight into that world.

I must confess before I read this book I wasn't fully aware just how close friends Steve (Stavros) Parrish and Barry Sheene were, and some of their non season time partying 'activities' are the stuff of legends, some of which you will read about here. Your mother may not approve!

Overall I found the book enjoyable to read but apart from a some insights into Barry's (and his friends) antics within the confines of their close knit 'squadron' (both on and off the track) there wasn't a large amount of new material especially in respect of his famous horrific crashes at Daytona and Silverstone. What also surprised me was Barry portrayed by the contributors as an obsessional, insecure spoilt brat, traits which can be traced back to his childhood and the lenient upbringing by his parents, who bent over backwards to give Barry what he wanted. There is no question that Barry was used to having his own way in life, and this book does not hold back in this regard.
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By Rich VINE VOICE on 26 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a teenager in the seventies, Barry Sheene was one of my heroes. Charismatic and brave in a glamorous sport, he was the epitome of cool. His tragic early death made him deserving of a biography befitting his stature, but this just isn't good enough. Written by an experienced journalist, I would expect something much better than this. Instead of presenting a simple, chronological presentation of Barry's life, the story flits from event to event with little sense of structure. Although the author has accessed some very good sources (including Kenny Roberts and Barry's sister), their anecdotes and commentary are placed within the narrative with little editorial effort.

It's not all bad. Barry's character is there in the stories and he is not diminished for me in exposing the very human nature of his character (both good and bad). Some very fine sporting biographies have been written and Barry deserved one more than most. It's a shame this isn't one of them.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not quite a 'warts an' all' treatment, but still revealing in what is said. I always thought of the racers as a nerveless bunch, who lived hard, but managed to enjoy themselves at the track. To find that even the top guys had to have 'a few' to sleep the night before a G.P was revealation to me.
Otherwise, the obvious concentration on Barry Sheen is expected as are some of his character faults.
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Format: Paperback
An amazing look into the life of Barry, I've actually read it twice, as soon as I finshed the last page I started again!
Some excellent detail on events and the behind the scences activities of Sheene and Parrish. A stunning insight into the way race circuits were run back then.
Simply a great book.
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Format: Hardcover
A light weight but fun book.
Not a definitive biography. More a story of the friendship between Sheene & Parrish, should probably be called `Barry & Me'. Lots of interesting stories and anecdotes. However not much detail on the many epic races and comebacks from injuries, that Britain's greatest motorcycle racer incurred.
Enjoy the book, but don't expect a definitive biography.
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Format: Hardcover
This book should have been entitled" Barry and Me.".........by Steve Parrish.
It's disjointed and lacks the journalistic quality I would have expected from someone of Nick Harris'undoubted ability. It contains a lot of first-hand anecdotes and narrative but half the time you don't know who's relating them.
Too much about Steve Parrish and not enough about Barry Sheene who is portrayed as an insecure spoiled brat.
I had the pleasure of meeting Barry,albeit briefly,on two occaisions and both times was struck by his warmth and easy manner with the total strangers who besieged him everywhere he went.
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Format: Hardcover
What a stunning book, I couldn't put it down once I started it. A particularly heartwarming and honest account of british motorcycling most famous son, the real Barry Sheene revealed in intimate detail by those who knew him best. I genuinely did laugh out loud in places and all but welled up in others, READ IT! God bless Barry, my first true hero...
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