That Near Death Thing: Inside the TT- The World's Most Dangerous Race Hardcover – 17 May 2012
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What possesses man to risk his life and limb in search of the next high?.. Times journalist and author Broadbent has come closer than ever to answering that question. (PRESS ASSOCIATION 2012-06-16)
I seem to have consumed every TT-related book/article/video clip so far, but this one is a cracker... perhaps the best of all (MOTORSPORT 2012-09-01)
Broadbent skilfully weaves in this history of TT racing as this quartet of riders lap the 37.75 mile course.. by the end you might not share these men's passions but you begin to understand, even admire it. (Simon Redfern THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 2012-08-05)
There are 242 corners on the TT course and this book leaves you with the impression that death is lurking round every one. (SPORT 2012-11-16)
I'll have a soft spot for That Near Death Thing by Rick Broadbent, a terrific piece of work on the Isle of Man TT (Frank Keating THE OBSERVER 2012-11-25)
How can it be worth it? Rick Broadbent's raw, tender book comes close to the heart of the mystery. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 2012-11-25)
a thrilling ride 'inside the helmets' of four victory-hungry daredevils. (Megan Walsh THE TIMES 2012-12-08)
a great read (THE INDEPENDENT 2012-12-08)
The Isle of Man TT - the world's most dangerous race - as seen through the eyes of four leading racers.See all Product Description
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It charts the 2010/11 Races and interchanges between the 2 very well. Each of the races are covered, though rather than have a blow by blow account of the race in commentary format, the text is well written enough to maintain your interest whilst egging you to read on.
I really was impressed by this book. It even charted a number of facts about both the riders and the race itself that I had not heard of before.
An excellent read; one which I feel any bike fan must read. Even if you have no interest in this great sport - read this regardless!
Rick Broadbent's intelligent book follows the four men through the thrills and near-death spills of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. It is not simply a starry-eyed account of pit stops, podium finishes and petrol-fuelled bravado, but, as befits the TT, a grittier look at the racers' lives, their terrible injuries and the impact the sport has had on their families and loved ones.
If you want to know how much courage, skill and determination it takes to climb onto a motorbike and hurtle past telegraph poles, dry stone walls and stray cats at 200mph, then That Near-Death Thing is essential reading. And what makes it even more fascinating is that the heroes of this book could not be further removed from the glitz, glamour and mega bucks of Formula One. The men who bring the crowds back to the Isle of Man ever year spend the night before big races kipping in lock-up garages, under awnings on camp sites and in the case of Manxman Conor Cummins, in his bedroom at his Mum and Dad's house in Ramsey. They are ordinary men capable of extraordinary feats and this book is a chance to read their fascinating stories.
It covers the same years' TT races as the movie only obviously in more detail.
The interviews the author had with John McGuinness in particular were my favourite parts of the book. Considering I hadn't seen this book advertised anywhere I was very pleasantly surprised with it and if there were ten stars I'd give it a full ten.
It goes into my top three favourite books without a doubt. I'll try not to use the old cliche "I couldn't put it down" but it rings true as I finished this book in record time.
That's not to say it was short, anything but. I just really enjoyed reading it and I'd highly recommend it.
The Book is excellently written, flows well, very interesting and enjoyable. Broken up by chapters with each rider, the book goes deep into exploring the reasons why these mortal men seemingly put their lives on the line every summer, often averaging 130mph+ on the 37.7 mile circuit around the Isle of Man.
This is a very exciting read for anybody who is a fan of motorsport or for anyone who can appreciate the almost obsessive nature of dedicated professionals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good involving read.Concentrating more on the way the riders think and regard the TT,which is a refreshing change.
A book I recommend.
If you have any interest in the TT this book is quite simply a must read. I couldn't put it down, beautifully written, a superb read.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
As I've said I haven't read any of my motorcycle books yet, but I'm sure I'll enjoy reading all of themPublished 6 months ago by joseph carragher