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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444736329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444736328
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking for a DIY book which tackles basic household repairs and projects, consider this one. May's wit and genuine interest makes the book a delight to read. (Manly Daily, Australia)

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Accompanying James May's 6 part prime time TV series - his mission to save modern man...

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Format: Hardcover
After buying this book for my dad as a birthday present (he is a big fan of James May) I thought Id have a look through before wrapping it up. This book really is very good. Its informative, fun, accessible and a great read. The illustrations are super and really set the tone. It surpasses all expectations. I thought it would be predictable but its not. Well done James for giving us a thorough, well researched, well written book of usefulness! I urge everyone to buy it, read it and pass it on!
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In true manlab style I thumbed through this august tome whilst toasting my feet at the fire in my local with a foaming pint of best at my elbow. My regular chortles and occasional guffaw (top word that) drew disapproving glares from the nearby cribbage team embroiled in what was clearly a grudge match. The best way to describe the effect of the book on my wishy washy new man thinking was that of being in receipt of a damned good, straight down the line, talking to from a worldly wise uncle. The next day, duly inspired, I strode manfully down to the foot of my garden and 'sorted out' the huge trampoline that had been slowly falling apart for years. And, yes James, I WAS wearing overalls - in a rather dapper shade of claret. BUT, the trampoline did not, as I had intended, go to the local dump, oh no sir! Together with parts of a redundant barbie, I re-purposed the steel frame to create a seating area for a fire pit to enable NO.1 son and buddies to sit and do that essential teen male bonding thing, which will perchance lead to a new generation of manlab devotees. Nothing quite so manly as messing about with fire...Bless you Mr May for shaking me out of my wimp-like torpor!
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Everyone who knows TopGear, May's Toy Stories etc. knows what a terrific moderator James May is.

His DVD with the same title is amusing and - yes - informative. May wants to make real men out of us men. He designs sinks out of concrete, he deaktivates an old german bomb, he builds a cinema and and so on... (This DVD is a must-have for every May-fan.)

So his DVD is like a benchmark for his book. Sadly, the book can't reach the high standard of the DVD.

This book is a lifeless and not very funny book for home handymen. How do I repair a toaster or a water tap? What is a hammer? You see, not very absorbing... The few articles with real "thrilling" headlines (haunted houses in Great Britain, how do I bring the football in the goal during a spot kick...) aren't very funny nor very informative.

But although as a guide for handymen you can't use this book. The articles are to short and I doubt you can use this book while repairing your water tap.

James May is imho one of the best tv-moderators. That's his terrain, there he could be funny, there he could show his countless talents. Writing isn't his ability. Therefore this book is one of the countless average books on the market. A middle-rate book out of a high-standard tv-concept.
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My 16-year-old son absolutely loves this book. He has been an avid fan of the series on television so I bought this book as a stocking filler for Christmas. It contains some of what was covered in the TV programmes but also a lot of new and different things.
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A good read. Even the sections of things you aren't really interested in are worth reading. James May has a very relaxed writing style which makes his work very readable and this is a book you can pick up and put down whenever you have a spare moment. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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My husband was thrilled as he loved the show. Made a great Father's Day present. I've even had a look through and found it really interesting and humorous too
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great book and anyone can read it with ease. lots of diagrams and interesting things to look at and store in your memory bank
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I bought this book as a present for a friend and he loved it, was talking about the book for weeks afterwards.
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