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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)
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This is a very cleverly constructed dialogue and pulls no punches ,giving the reader both sides of an almost unfathomable world that TT and Manx GP racers live in. I loved reading this book by Rick Broadbent , felt very affected by it,and even a feeling of creaping depression that has stayed with me since I finished reading this book.
This is a hard read yet l thoroughly recommend this book.
McGuinness sending up a request for a look out from DJ had me choked with emotion.
These riders and their families are braver than brave. Their motivation is unknowable to a non racer . This book brings you close.
Admiration for the protagonists is assured.
Why this doesn't get more coverage is beyond me .
All of the big names are in this book - McGuinness, Martin, Antsy, Hutchinson etc. They approach the whole racing game in different ways and without giving too much away you will warm to riders that might not have as large a profile as others.
What this book really does well is get under the skin of the TT road races in a way that I've not read anywhere else. So much so that I've already gathered up some mates to go and visit the next years races. The TT really is special and in 2013 a throwback to an era where men were men and political correctness had not been invented. It's no lie to say that the TT would never be allowed today if it had not already been in existence for over a hundred years.
If you are reading any of these reviews then you must have some interest in the TT. If you do then this is the best book by a country mile I've read about it.
de to this years races.
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.
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.