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Driven to Distraction Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718155548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718155544
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.


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Format: Hardcover
Yes, you read correctly...Jeremy Clarkson remains king. King of what?, you may rightly ask. Well, that's a very good question which I've been pondering on myself...and still haven't managed to come up with an answer which bears any sanity. I suppose you could opt for saying he's the king of ranting about everyday life...because he does that with unrivalled style. But maybe we shouldn't waste our time trying to conceive an explicable word to state what he's king of, and instead talk about his new book.

Driven to Distraction is, without doubt, his best book yet. Better than For Crying Out Loud even - and to match, leave alone be better than, F.C.O.L is a tall order. But D.T.D manages it with flying colours.
Each chapter is a collection of Jeremy's thoughts and displeasures with the world, all wrapped up in a particular type of car.
The cars range from the Reva G-Wiz (God help us, hold Jeremy back before he does something ridiculous) to the outrageously fast Koenigsegg CCX. He talks about Top Gear too.

This book is the same format as all his other books, except the alarmingly obvious revamped front cover style which was definitely a turn for the better. And I'm glad it's in the same format...why would you want anything else? Like it's predecessors, Driven to Distraction is a collection of Jeremy's laugh-out-loud-funny Sunday Times newspaper columns, and what a collection of columns they are. This book is a colossally funny read.

If you went into a bookshop tomorrow and bought this (and I strongly advise you do, right now they are half price!) and bought this book, I promise you this: you will not be disappointed.

And on that bombshell...Goodnight!
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Format: Hardcover
If you've read any other of Jeremy Clarkson's books, you won't be disappointed! Whilst reviewing a mouth-watering selection of cars, Clarkson manages to pass comment on just about every facet of British life. Clarkson's expression on the front cover says it all. Priceless!
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Another collection of car reviews from the master. Clarkson tends to polarise opinion and I am a long-standing fan. Yes, he is opinionated but he never requires the reader to share his prejudices or his passions and Clarkson writes fluently as one would expect from an experienced journalist. I find him entertaining and informative and on that basis I would recommend any of his books.
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Jezza is Marmite in the extreme. I love Marmite, and I find Clarkson equally as delicious. His tongue in cheek humour wins on two levels .... (a) its funny, and (b) its made even funnier by the reaction of people who believe he means every word he utters or writes. Full marks for his daring to continually raise his head above the parapet of political correctness and to endlessly point out the sheer stupidity of the nanny state. I so wish he would stand for Parliament!
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Format: Hardcover
An item bought as a gift for my brother, a great fan of Jeremy Clarkson's TV series. In his opinion the book was "the best yet". The author refrained from repeating information in his other books and is a must to be read cover to cover. Good value beating prices offered by other suppliers. Thank you for making my brother happy! CP, Luxembourg.Driven to Distraction
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LIke always, usual Clarkson. Hard to diagree with most of what he says and as usual a hard hitting point always made................it should be his way or not at all:)

Good read and one of those books I looked forward to bed time to read.
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Very entertaining book with typical Clarkson style reviews of cars. I love it and hope he will continue writing and making great tv shows.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of Clarkson's columns (mainly car reviews) originally published in the Sunday Times. But even if you're not particularly interested in the cars themselves, the book is well worth reading. Clarkson's (often very strong) views on all sorts of things - often totally unrelated to cars - are aired and sometimes this results in the car review itself taking up very little space. In fact one "review", covering just over five pages, confines mention of the car itself to the final three sentences, inevitably rather scathing. Even if you don't agree with what he says, it is so well written and with such humour that it's worth buying this book anyway. And it's a book you can dip into when you have a spare moment, since each chapter can be read in isolation. Since the columns date from 2006 to 2007, some of the reviews themselves may not be relevant anyway as the cars are no longer new - and how many readers, realistically, will be in the market for a Ferrari or a Maserati? Ok, he reviews a Renault Clio and other small cars as well, but I didn't buy this to read about cars I might buy but because I like Clarkson's style. My other half can't stand him, but even he laughed when I read out a few passages.
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