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The Grand Tour Guide to the World Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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The world is a big place full of interesting things. And The Grand Tour has seen some of them. That's why few people are better placed to lead you around this vast planet of ours than Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. As long as you don't mind getting hot and lost. Welcome, everyone, to The Grand Tour Guide to The World.
In this indispensable guide, you will find an abundance of information, most of which is probably wrong and possibly dangerous. As well as occasionally accurate guides to the places visited on the show, you'll find exclusive interviews with the presenters and discover their favourite locations for car-based cocking about.
As well as being a factually dubious encyclopaedia, The Grand Tour Guide to the World is also a travel companion for those of you who have been inspired by the Grand Tour circus. You'll find tips on how to sing like a native in the Bahamas, how to speak Welsh (wrongly), and how to navigate the magic roundabout in Swindon. On top of all this, we reveal the world's fastest cop cars and the greatest car makers. And there's a picture of James May in an anorak.
About the Author
The Grand Tour stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as three middle aged men who should know better. The trio previously worked on an obscure BBC car show before hitting the big time with The Grand Tour which is an epic show about adventure, excitement and friendship. As long as you accept that the people you call friends are also the ones you find most annoying.
From the Publisher
James May's Home Or Abroad
The Abroad is a marvellous place, full of interesting sights and sounds and people. But it’s also quite far away, and getting there involves a lot of fuss with passports and airports and remembering to pack the kind of clothes you don’t normally wear. Sometimes it would just be a lot easier to stay at home, where you know all the people, you don’t need to remember your passport in order to move about, the temperature is what you’re used to, you can wear your normal clothes and you know where everything is.
Of course, The Abroad can be fascinating and well worth the bother. It’s definitely a good idea to have a look at The Abroad every so often and then come home again, but sometimes you might find yourself in a dilemma over whether to visit one of the interesting parts of The Abroad or to just stay at home. And that’s where this handy chart comes in.
|1||The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: Oldest and most intact of the seven wonders of the world, giving a fascinating insight into the achievements of earlier civilisations||Home: Know where keys are. Pub is just round corner||Home|
|2||The Great Barrier Reef, Australia: One of the World’s largest coral reef and the single biggest structure made by living organisms, covering over 130,000 square miles and home to an incredible range of marine life||Home: Dry, not too hot, could pop out for last orders if you fancied it||Home|
|3||The Grand Canyon, USA: Epic 277 mile long, mile deep testament to the power of nature and of mankind’s smallness in the general scheme of things||Home: A manageable size and little risk of falling to certain death. They’ve got a new dartboard in the pub, by the way||Home|
|4||The Great Wall of China: Fascinating ancient fortification totalling over 13,000 miles giving a compelling insight into Chinese socio-political evolution||Home: Necessitates no travel whatsoever. Also, they’ve got some new crisps in the pub. There’s a sort of mustard flavour that’s nice||Home|
|5||Machu Picchu, Peru: 15th century Inca citadel providing awe inspiring insight into this ancient civilisation in breathtaking surroundings||Home: Much less walking, even if you have a big staircase. Also, there’s a quiz on at the pub tonight. I think Bob said he was going||Home|
|6||The Taj Mahal, India: Intricate and iconic mausoleum on the banks of Yamuna river, rightly famed for its beauty and majesty||Home: Also the name of a very excellent curry restaurant near your house. We could go there after the pub||Home|
|7||The Colosseum, Italy: Largest amphitheatre in history and a potent symbol of the imperial power and endurance of the Roman Empire||Home: Much less dusty, also much nearer the pub, which is where we should go now once you’ve shut up about bloody holidays again||Home|
Series 2 - Switzerland
'Past, present and future supercars battle it out in the mountains.'
Series 2 - Colorado
'An American road trip to demonstrate the genius of old jaaaags.'
Series 2 - Mozambique
'A mercy mission to feed the needy. Put Bono on speed dial.'
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It’s not a book you read so much as wallow in its silliness for a while. There aren’t all that many words anyway, though some of the ones there are are quite tricky. It’s printed in full colour on good quality, matt finish paper, consequently it has that nice new book smell reminiscent of Blue Peter annuals (children of the digital era, etc).
If you’re a fan of the Grand Tour TV show you’ll love this. If you’re not you’ll be left slightly bewildered.
The preface makes it abundantly clear that it's not a factual guide to the world or even to The Grand Tour, despite the photos from each of the episodes and 'facts' about each of the destinations. It's hard to capture an episode's mucking about, its tongue-in-cheek humour and un/subtle digs on paper, but the book encompasses the craziness in a variety of styles. A 'postcard from the tent' in each location gives a glimpse of the challenges of producing the show but this is not a 'behind the scenes' book and never purports to be. Its Amazon #1 Best Seller status in 'Cooking Humour' says it all.
Yes, a few of the pages have font/background colour combinations which make them a little tricky to read, but it's still good value - you're getting a hardback book with over 200 matt pages printed on good-quality paper for little more than the price of a couple of monthly magazines.
An excellent coffee table book that you'll want to dip into time after time and an ideal gap-filler if you're in need of a fix before Season 3.
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