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Is It Really Too Much to Ask Paperback – 26 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718178688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718178680
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud funny (Daily Telegraph)

Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches (Time Out) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson began his career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It's a peculiarity of our language that I might be asked "Do you like Jerremy Clarkson?" and I hesitate to answer. Because I want to say "Yes" but, in fact, I don't much like Mr Clarkson at all. I do, however, like his output very much. I like watching him in interviews, I make a point of watching Top Gear and I, generally, like reading his short ramblings. I find it a bit disturbing that, even though I think he's a poor example of a human, I find myself agreeing with lots of what he says. Even when what he says is, clearly, mad. If there is such a thing, then I think that I must be a 'closet Clarkson'.

I don't read newspapers so, every now and then, I buy one of these collations of his newspaper column articles. I know that it's a rip off because Mr C has not written these as a book and he's already been paid for writing them once before by the paper. Also, because he is surprisingly popular, Amazon set the price of even the Kindle version at the 'extortion' rate. Nevertheless, I usually take a chance for a chortle.

I've read quite a lot of JC's output and it isn't all consistent; some is just a bit dull and some of the earlier efforts haven't stood the test of time too well. But there are no such problems with this volume; it is Jeremy Clarkson at his very best. It is provocative, irreverent, thought provoking, outrageous, ludicrous and all expressed in Mr C's trademark style of writing exactly as he would speak. When reading this, it's as though I was propped at a bar with JC on the next bar stool expounding directly to me. Delicious!

You will be reading this review either because you are a Clarkson fan or because you are considering buying this book as a gift for someone. In either case, go for it. You will either read and enjoy or the recipient will revel in it gleefully and then tell you that they don't really like Jeremy Clarkson!
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This book is a collection of articles that Jeremy wrote for the Sunday Times...and that's an important point. Although it was inevitable that they would eventually find their way into a book, that was not their prime purpose. So unlike the author of a 'normal' book, a journalist making contributions to a newspaper works under certain restrictions. For a start, the articles have to be of a predetermined length. They also have to be done to a deadline. But most of all, they have to reflect the political position of the owner of newspaper in question, in this case, one Rupert Murdoch. Now, on the face of it, Jeremy would appear to be perfectly placed to provide such material. The persona that he chooses to project to his public sits in the political spectrum slightly to the right of Atilla the Hun, while he resides in Chipping Norton and has our Conservative Prime Minister for a neighbour and, apparently, best buddy.

So it is no real surprise when he tells us, for example, that he cannot understand why normal working people are reluctant to sacrifice their livelihoods so that bankers, Prime Ministers and motoring journalists can continue to live in the manner to which they have become accustomed. He shows amazement that the common man does not willingly and obediently descend into a life of poverty in an attempt to rectify a situation that was not of his making.

Now, don't get me wrong here. Jeremy is my favourite writer by a stretch and I have all of his previous books and Top Gear gets my vote as the top TV show of all time. The Daily Telegraph - or, to give it its correct name, The Tory Newsletter - describes it as "Highly Entertaining" (they would, wouldn't they) and, when he is not fawning all over his neighbour and pal, it certainly is.
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Yeah I’m a Top Gear fan. It just happened; I have never cared for cars in my entire life so that I became a Top Gear fan is frankly astonishing. I don’t even have a driving license.

Anyway, I was quite sad when Top Gear was put on hiatus earlier this year because of the “fracas” (that word will probably be associated with Jeremy Clarkson from now on) and then never came back because Jeremy Clarkson was fired from the show. So, I comforted myself with reruns of the show and with this book. A Jeremy Clarkson book is perfect antidote for anyone that suffering from Top Gear withdrawal because he is as outrageous when he writes as he is when he talks, and I love that. In this world of PC is it nice to have someone that just don’t give a damn about that.

This is Jeremy’s chronicles, collected and published as a book and I love having a book like this lying beside my bed for when I just want to read something easy before I sleep or I can’t sleep because ever chapter is 3.5 pages long and that means that I can read a couple of chapters than try to sleep again. Perfect!

I enjoyed reading this so much that I feel the need to buy a new Jeremy Clarkson book soon, luckily for me do I have an unread Richard Hammond book that I now can start to read.
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As a fan of Jeremy Clarkson, I have most of his book's in hardback and, paperback form. I may have mentioned this before when I reviewed volume 3 in this series.

Yet again there were some very funny articles in this book, such as for example when he explains about Birmingham, it's people and, the brummie accent. His views on shops in the high street and, people's shopping habits but, also about some of the staff that work in them. There are some good laugh out loud moments in quite a few of the different topics he writes about.

Jeremy Clarkson may not be everyone's cup of tea but, if you're like and, a fan of mr.Clarkson then I recommend this book.
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