Is It Really Too Much to Ask Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Usual controversial and very amusing collection. Great writing style. Pure Clarkson, one minute you are nodding sagely in agreement with his wisdom, the next boiling with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S R D