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Crashed and Byrned: The Greatest Racing Driver You Never Saw Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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'Forget Senna and Schuey. Tommy Byrne was the best of them all.' -- Eddie Jordan `One of the most extraordinary sporting autobiographies you are likely to come across.' -- Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph 'It's told in a breathless, raw style, and had me astonished and appalled in equal measure.' -- Bookseller 'The most exciting petrol-head release of this year. A high octane guilty pleasure.' -- Bookseller 'Motor racing is a great sport for 'what ifs' and 'if onlys,' and Byrne must have had many a rueful glance back. But this rip-roaring autobiography rarely indulges in self-pity. There isn't time. In between the racing there are girls, guns, billionaires, fights, parties and orgies. It would be a tremendous book with the sport left out - and there aren't many sporting books of which you can say that.' -- Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph 'For all the rollicking yarns, this is a tale of talent wasted, but in spite (or perhaps because) of that, it is far more honest - and funny - than the anodyne autobiographies of many more successful drivers.' -- Simon Redfern, Independent on Sunday `A riveting read.' -- Financial Times `I'd be amazed if you didn't enjoy this book.' -- F1 Fanatic `It's a remarkable, colourful, at times scarcely believable tale which unravels at a breakneck pace.' -- F1 Fanatic `...I challenge you to put it down. It might just be the greatest book you've never read.' -- Simon Arron, Daily Telegraph `Quite simply the best motor racing book I've ever read.' -- 2009 Irish Motorsport Annual `You won't be able to put it down.' -- Times `One of the best racing books you'll read this decade.' -- AUTOSPORT `An essential read ... brilliantly told.' -- Observer `Witty and shocking ... a must for anyone who has the constitution to handle it.' -- Motor Sport Magazine `Incredibly entertaining.' -- Ireland AM `A real pleasure and provides massive insight into what makes racers do what they do.' -- International Herald Tribune `Absolutely brilliant.' -- RTE
‘One of the most extraordinary sporting autobiographies you are likely to come across.’ (Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph)
'It's told in a breathless, raw style, and had me astonished and appalled in equal measure.' (Bookseller)
'The most exciting petrol-head release of this year. A high octane guilty pleasure.' (Bookseller)
'Motor racing is a great sport for 'what ifs' and 'if onlys,' and Byrne must have had many a rueful glance back. But this rip-roaring autobiography rarely indulges in self-pity. There isn’t time. In between the racing there are girls, guns, billionaires, fights, parties and orgies. It would be a tremendous book with the sport left out – and there aren’t many sporting books of which you can say that.' (Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph)
'For all the rollicking yarns, this is a tale of talent wasted, but in spite (or perhaps because) of that, it is far more honest - and funny - than the anodyne autobiographies of many more successful drivers.' (Simon Redfern, Independent on Sunday)
‘A riveting read.’ (Financial Times)
‘I’d be amazed if you didn’t enjoy this book.’ (F1 Fanatic)
‘It’s a remarkable, colourful, at times scarcely believable tale which unravels at a breakneck pace.’ (F1 Fanatic)
‘…I challenge you to put it down. It might just be the greatest book you’ve never read.’ (Simon Arron, Daily Telegraph)
‘Quite simply the best motor racing book I've ever read.' (2009 Irish Motorsport Annual) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book recently became very popular after an interesting TV documentary about Tommy Byrne. A lively read following the racing and social life of Tommy - warts and all! Written in a ‘down to earth’ style with a lot of very ‘colourful’ language - which may offend some - and Tommy undoubtedly tells it as it was in no uncertain terms! He was unquestionably a talented racing driver and it of course leaves us with the thoughts of ‘what might have been’ - if events had gone Tommy’s way in the the early 80s around the time of his McLaren test. And it begs the question - just how many talented sportsmen/women - just miss the boat/miss that opportunity/miss that contract?? Highly recommended, especially for the motor racing enthusiast and book collector.
I have a friend named Jackie who wrote and self-published a book about dogs. On the back cover the first commendation reads `"The best book I have ever read" - Jackies Mum'
Was Tommy Bryne as good as he constantly tells us he was ("the best driver in the world.")? Or was he even more obnoxious than he, equally constantly, reveals? Certainly the latter prevented him from proving the former one way or the other. The record book certainly suggests that Byrne's early Formula Ford and F3 results were exceptionally good, but his penchant for self-destruction again and again ruined any opportunity to move up to F1 where, he convinced himself, his deserved millions awaited him.
For most jobbing professional racing drivers Bryne's career would have been considered successful, but not for Tommy who was destined for bigger things - so he tells us. However, as one contributor says, he was never really dedicated enough (unlike the equally un-successful Perry McCarthy) preferring to wallow in being borne down by the massive chips on both shoulders about his upbringing "I never received the respect I deserved", "Nobody tells me what to do".
Anyone who knows that being a really top professional racing driver requires more than just being a good performer on the track, will realise that the apparently constantly foul-mouthed Bryne was his own worst enemy.
On the plus side, Tommy Byrne tells his story with self deprecating humour and the book is an amusing read - providing you can stand the constant stream of bad language. There are very few photos in this book, and none of Tommy's face - perhaps a psychoanalyst might read something revealing into this!
Peter Bradshaw's Guardian review sums up both Tommy and this book succinctly as being "about someone who deserves a kind of legendary status for the way he didn’t become a legend."
In the late '70's I was a mechanic to someone who raced against Tommy in Formula Ford. Reading the book made memories come flooding back of just what a motor mouth he was - and a bloody brilliant driver too. Although the book is poignant and quite sad in places, this is not at all a recollection in the vein of "the older I get, the quicker I was"
Tommy seems happy with his life now and I, for one, are happy for him.
of the most repetitive and tedious prose I've ever read. Byrne comes across as bitter, egocentric and caustic to the point where listening to him became quite unpleasant. Can't recommend this.
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