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Format: Hardcover
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, after all, with all the press coverage you would think that you knew pretty much everything that there was to know about "The Hamster" and his accident on the 20th September 2006. However I was surprised and incredibly moved. The brutal honesty with which both Richard and Mindy described what they went through during that difficult time was compulsive if sometimes a little uncomfortable reading, and once I started the book I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting and am not ashamed to say that at times it reduced me to tears.
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Format: Hardcover
What a great book! I have always enjoyed Richard Hammond's quick wit and humour and this book is written in the best autobiographical way - I can hear him speaking every word!
Previous reviews have accused Richard of 'cashing in' on his horrific accident but I for one was devastated by the news on the day and read every press release available to find out how he was doing and breathed a sigh of relief when he appeared to be fine. This book tells it from the horse's (and [with affection, Mindy] the mare's) mouth and explains the details that I really wanted to know - how the accident affected Richard and his family. I am in awe of this couple, the depth of love and patience that Mindy shows for her husband and gorgeous daughters throughout Richard's remarkable recovery, (though he impatiently sees it as prolonged), is totally inspiring. I am delighted to have him back on my screen and wish the entire family long life and happiness. I wanted to finish this with a plea to Richard to slow down and behave himself but no, keep doing what you're doing Mr Hammond (following all safety advice of course) I want you to spar with Jeremy for ever!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not an in-depth autobiography of the popular TV presenter. His life up until 2006 is dealt with sparingly in the first 60-odd pages and then he drives to Yorkshire to do a film about driving a jet-car...

200 or so pages are dedicated to the accident and his recovery - written by Hammand and his wife in unison. Mrs. Hammonds sections of the book, from the moment she heard of the crash to returning home weeks later, are incredibly touching and a demonstration of what love can enable you to do.

She copes with unimaginable stresses and does her all to help not only her husband but her entire family through this trying time.

All-in-all this is a touching story of a family dealing with brain injury, it just so happens the injured one is famous, and recovering afterwards.
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Format: Hardcover
As someone who works with people with brain injury everday of my working life i was concerned about the portrayal of Richard Hammond as having made a full recovery in the media. This book has allowed us all to read about the true devastating effect that brain injury has, not just on the survivor but also on the family and friends around them. The book is a real life story of the impact that this type of injury can have, and truly shows us that even where there are the best of technology, safety precautions etc brain injury is still a major risk. It shows it can happen to anyone!
Those people who have ranted in their reviews about having no sympathy for those that have crashes as they happen everyday, please hope that you never have to live through this yourself or with a member of your family. Richard and his wife have shown real love and devotion to each other. Yes, they are making money but i have survivors who have read this book and they have identified with every word of the details about his recovery. This book allows 'Joe Bloggs' with a brain injury to realise that they are not alone in their struggles. This is what makes the book so important! Stop knocking the guy for telling his story, it has actually helped raise awareness of brain injury amongst people who have no experience of it and gives them the ability to have compassion for those that have. Just stop and think what the book is about rather than concentrating on the money.
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Format: Hardcover
The book tells the story of the events up to and after the crash that nearly claimed Richards life. It is very moving and inspiring book and shows the deep love that Richard and his wife Mindy have for each other and their daughters. It is this love that helped Richard pull through all the difficult times.

The chapters written by Mindy Hammond were very moving and showed her great strength in dealing with the events as they unfolded. I would recommed this excellent book to anyone.
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For a couple to go into so much depth about their most personal moments is very brave, Richard and Mindy Hammond have done so with great dignity. I enjoyed this book very much because I knew that the ending was a happy one, but the book takes you through so much it is sometimes hard to remember that fact. I hope it really does help families going through similar trouble.
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I got this book on Saturday morning, started reading it on Saturday afternoon and finished Sunday morning. It is very well written and keeps you engaged all the way through. It is the true story of "That Crash" and The Hamsters remarkable recovery. There are some very touching moments that will make you laugh and cry. I chuckled at the picture of Richard Hammond sitting on the floor of his hospital room playing with lego, not only with his children, but with his grown up serious brothers, wonderful. It certainly turns that cocky little motoring journalist that we all know and love, into a much more three dimensional character. The idea that Richard Hammond could be reduced to a gibbering wreck at the thought of meeting strangers was very thought provoking. I also wanted to rage at the intrusive press who besieged his home and forced him and his family to take refuge in remote Scotland. They can't even respect the privacy of one of their own when they most need it. He gives us access to the all emotions he experienced, whether it be as father son or spouse and the doubts and fears regarding assuming those roles in everyday life again. I hope that one day when they are older, his brave little daughters read this book, and realize what truly remarkable parents they have. Thank you for the book Richard, and Mindy thank you for sharing your Richard with us.
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