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Life in the Fast Lane: The Johnson Guide to Cars Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007260202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007260201
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,283,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ‘Have I Got Views for You’:

'Johnson is a good-humoured, entertaining commentator, with an agreeably optimistic bent.' Observer

Praise for 'The Dream of Rome':

'I read it in two sittings, completely gripped. If Ruth Kelly has an ounce of sense, she will make this book compulsory reading for every 16-year old in the country.' Toby Young, New Statesman

'History comes alive only when written from the heart and Johnson's is full of swashbuckling japes, bloodthirsty yells and energetic sideswipes.' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

'Written with all the wit and zest that have helped to make him Britain's favourite celebrity MP.' Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph

Praise for Friends, Voters, Countrymen:

‘Johnson has cracked the art of making politics invigorating.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Such an entertaining read.’ Daily Mail

‘It is very funny and has, in short, all the idiosyncracies of its author.’ Jeremy Paxman

About the Author

Boris Johnson is the member of parliament for Henley-on-Thames and is a former editor of the Spectator magazine. He is married and lives in London and Oxfordshire.


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Just like with Jeremy Clarkson, Boris is an opinionated, middle aged man, with a relatively shaky knowledge of cars (or at least giving that impression) but a good, humorous style of writing. As mentioned in the other review, his attention to detail is atrocious and the book is so full of factual mistakes that it would actively benefit if all the numbers were simply omitted.

I would also not put any credence to the opinions formed about the cars as having anything to do with the cars in question, either. What the book is, is an entertaining holiday / commuting type read for people who do not care about cars so deeply as to be upset at how they are brutalised by Boris (review-wise, not physically) and who find Clarkson and / or PJ O'Rourke amusing.

The true surprise came from how sensible his larger scale transport problem suggestions are, compared to the relatively lightweight reviews.
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One thing you have to admire about Boris Johnson's book is the interesting relationship that he develops with cars or should that be the relationships he developed in cars. Vote for him as Mayor of London and maybe it will be a good day for the motorist. The book is filled with witty stories as Boris writes about triumph and tragedy behind the wheel. My main criticism of the book is the number of factual errors in regards to the car stats e.g. Impreza Turbo 0-60 8.4 seconds (the figure for a non-turbo), IS200 Lexus allegedly 250bhp (More like 200bhp) and while on the subject he describes a twin turbo five litre Cobra Superblower and guess what it is supposed to churn out a mere 230BHP, 20bhp less than his claim for the Lexus ??? (firstly the superblower was not turbocharged but supercharged and secondly the BHP is in excess of 300BHP). Clearly his attention to detail is not all it should be, or perhaps the gaffs are just in keeping with his character. On the whole 3 stars for the humour.
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I hate this book! If anyone wants it they can have my copy for free! In fact it's so bad I might just give it to a charity shop or even better...might burn it and make a video of it and upload it to youtube. Boris is like to Jeremy Clarkson like what Bill gates is to Steve Jobs! Enough said!
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