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The Top Gear Years Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718176855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718176853
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube (Evening Standard) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson began his writing 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. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.


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Sad to say, as a Top Gear and Clarkson fan, this book didn't meet my expectations. I thought that all the years of Jeremy making money from having his old Telegraph columns printed as books was over and that we were getting something different this year...and we kind of are, but instead of the Telegraph columns, it's the Top Gear magazine columns. In fact the only newly written thing in it is Jeremy's introduction.

In the description it says 'And all along Jeremy was writing about it all. Here, collected between hard covers for the first time, are the fruits of his labours'. To me, this sounded like Jeremy had actually done like Hammond and actually written about a particular filming shoot or Top Gear live as it was happening. But no, it isn't, and whilst reading some columns from the 90s may be rather interesting, there's very little that makes me 'Ooh'. Some are just about a car themselves and Top Gear doesn't even get mentioned.

I never though I'd rate a Clarkson book so low but as far as I'm concerned, the description is misleading. If you love any column he writes, then you'll be happy with this, but if you wanted a proper in depth book about making the show, no such luck.
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Like the first reviewer I was expecting a book about his time at Top Gear but sadly a few pages in you get this note "The contents of this book first appeared in Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear magazine column between 1993 and 2011." Very disappointing.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was the fourth Jeremy Clarkson book that I have read. The book was interesting and funny at the same time. I liked the way each chapter started with the car of the year and talked about the car throughout the chapter but also included the top five albums and movies of the year. I look forward to reading the next book.
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Admitting an adaptation of JC's writing puts one in a socially unacceptable class these days but I have read quite a lot of Mr Clarkson 's output and I've enjoyed the vast majority of it. It is, however, quite variable at times. This is, definitely, not one of his best. To be fair, there are clear warnings that these articles are very old but that doesn't really make them any better. These articles are even shorter than most of Mr C 's missives and, boy, do they feel dated. As is often the case with these books, this one feels like a very cynical attempt to milk some more cash from fans by chucking together any old collection of previously published articles gathered into a book. Others in this series of books seem to have, at least, taken a stance of "These newspaper column articles were really very amusing so let's collate them for issue all together". That's not the feeling here. Here, it's more like "Let's just chuck together any old rubbish, selected at random: the fans are daft enough to pay good money for anything". The irony is that one of the articles covers Mr Clarkson 's easy capacity to allow avarice to overcome integrity (a book on the history of Ferrari) and he might as well end that article with "And now that you've paid money to read this, I've scored again!".

This doesn't change my view of the anti-pc dinosaur rebel; I still enjoy his writing style and I remain mildly worried by how frequently my own, most secret opinions chime so closely with his (of course, I couldn't possibly admit this openly). But I would only advise that you buy this book if you've read everything else from JC and you want to maintain your record. Otherwise, select one the other collections in this series as it will, almost certainly, be better than this.
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I bought this book expecting an autobiographical account of Jeremy Clarkson and his time on 'Top Gear'

All I got was a collection of previously published articles - while funny and sarcastic this is not what I wanted and paid for.

Even the book description gives a misleading sense of what to expect.

What a rip off!
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I hadn't read any of Clarkson's columns before, and found this fantastically entertaining and interesting, really recommend it, great light hearted diversion that's very much appreciated these days!
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I understand this is a collection of rantings / columns from the Top Gear magazine but I was hoping there would be more insight into the show particularly since the change of format to how we currently see it. The blurb did appear to hint that this would form a part of the book.

While there was the occasional column that mentioned the TV series this was in the main lacking any great insight and details on the show, the challenges, etc.

While some of the columns were funny, there were a number that seemed to repeat things said in earlier ones and as a result it did start to feel slightly repetitive towards the end of the book.

A full blown behind the scenes Top Gear book would be much appreciated.
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Some reviewers have commented that there's nothing new here and that's true. At the top of the product description it says "The Top Gear Years brings together Jeremy Clarkson's collected magazine columns for the first time," so that should neither be a surprise nor a reason to mark it down.

If you haven't read Clarkson's articles in Top Gear or if you want to reread them in collected form, this book's fine though. Whatever you think about Clarkson's opinionated ranting, he is a good writer. He knows how to tell a story with humour.

This is a good book if you're a Clarkson fan but not quite his best (hence 4 stars instead of 5).
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