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How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340994568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340994566
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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If you are going to buy a Top Gear spin-off this Christmas...this inventive and amusing book is probably the one you want. (Daily Mail)

Knowledge no man should be without (Woman & Home)

I'd give my 15-year-old son James May's How to Land an A330 Airbus... It's a really funny book. (Anthony Worral Thompson, Sunday Express S Magazine)

Mandatory lavatory reading for a nation of men (Independent on CAR FEVER)

'James May is the best thing ever to come out of Top Gear' (Radio Times)

'Smart, sharply written' (Guardian on JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES)

'The most loveable of the Top Gear presenting trio . . . there's a sharp and interesting mind under the corduroy. Fascinating.' (Nottingham Evening Post on JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES)

His tongue-in-cheek technical explanations here will have you howling with laughter. (Daily Telegraph)

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Top Gear's James May presents his guide to the vital skills every modern man should have.

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Amusing - as expected
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Format: Hardcover
James May's elequent style of writing shines through in this book.

Although it is advised you never undertake any of the tasks outlined in the book, it is undoubtedly a very amusing read.

Topics range from:

How to build an escape tunnel from that unholiest of places, Bultins
How to avoid pointless and expensive litigation by fighting a duel
How to deliver twins without making a fool of yourself, or worse, killing anyone
How to drive a Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 Pacific Locamotive 'Tornado'
How to invade the Isle of White
How to eat your sadly departed best mate in times of peril
How to defuse an unexploded present from the 'Jerries', i.e. a World War Two bomb
How to woo a woman by playing the First Movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C-Sharp Minor... Opus 27... No. 2... Quasi Una Fantasia... 'The Moonlight'... With no previous experience.
And finally, as the title suggests, how to land an airbus A330

In the course of reading this book, you may get slighlty confused, particularly when he outlines the flight controls for the Airbus, but, by giving James your undivided attention, you will come away from this book feeling happy at the new, so called, "man skills" you have aqquired.
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May must be quite off his head! Found parts of it quite funny, how to escape from Butlins and how to invade the Isle of Wight, but others less so. Lots of pages diagrams or pictures so less real pages than the actual page count. Quick to read. But you never know when you might need to deliver twins! Probably the only chapter you might remember something from!
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By Luke on 23 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great service. And the book is just as you would expect. It's like watching Top Gear when James explains something but Clarkson's voiceover interrupts, only there is no voiceover and the explanation is finished. It's not all a complete joke though, but an enlightening read it certainly is.
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Format: Hardcover
Yes, you should judge this book by its cover. And take, very seriously, this advice:

`Neither the author nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility or liability for any harm arising from the techniques, advice or situations described in this book.'

But if you want step-by-step instructions on how to land an A330 Airbus in an emergency, how to fight a duel, or invade the Isle of Wight then this may well be the book for you. Especially if you are a man who reads (and follows) step-by-step instructions. You may (or may not) be enlightened by the chapters telling you how to drive the Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive `Tornado' and how to deliver twins, and I certainly wouldn't suggest defusing an unexploded World War II German bomb, or preparing and eating your best mate. The other two chapters tell you how to escape from Butlins and how to play the first movement of Beethoven's `Moonlight' sonata.

I enjoyed the first chapter most, and liked the underlying idea that the book came about because James May was bored with the portrayal of men as endearingly hopeless and that there was a need for a book like this which showed men how to do really useful things instead of things like tying a bow tie in fifty different ways in less than 30 seconds.

Whether or not you find this book funny will depend a lot on your sense of humour. I found some parts funny but thought that others were too silly to be funny. But, then, I'm not really part of the target audience.

`The chances that you will ever meet with the circumstances outlined here are, frankly, very remote.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Format: Paperback
This book includes a disclaimer stating that readers should not attempt any of the activities described therein. Which is just as well, as these activities include cannibalism, duelling and (as the title suggests), landing an Airbus A330.

That said, I have zero piano-playing experience and can personally attest that the guide to playing the 'Moonlight Sonanta' without having to go through the rigamarole of actually learning how to play the piano does actually work. As James May's degree was in music, though, I would have expected nothing less.

This, a light-hearted mickey-take of various 'man-skills' books that are on the market, is unashamedly a book to have in the 'smallest room'. It's great if you are a fan of James May's various TV programmes - and not just 'Top Gear', in fact, there no car-related stuff here. Some of the activities described have been shown on the excellent 'Man Lab' though. If you're not a fan of James May, then I can only assume that you are somehow lost on the Inter-web at the moment.
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My review is of the audio version of the book How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man. It's the full version of the book read out by James May himself.

The book is quite hilarious pretending to be a to-do manual of things men should know how to do, except with esoteric subjects. In truth nobody will ever need to do any of these, but James May presents it in a light hearted but quite informative way, talking around the subjects. The only chapter I missed is one regarding eating your dead friend, but I just couldn't bring myself to listen to that, other people might find it funny.

This will appeal to James May fans, as well as people who want a quick light hearted read. It doesn't teach you useful skills. The audio version is quite pleasant to listen to on a card drive. Recommended.
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