- 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 (102 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Top Gear Years Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012
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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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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.
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!
Phrases like "shameless cash in" spring to mind. If you take Top Gear magazine, then sorry, you've read this. In a different font obviously, the publisher has at least taken the articles and reformatted them, as opposed to ripping the page(s) out of the magazine and standing at the photocopier.
If all the proceeds were going to a worthy cause like Help for Heroes rather than his back pocket, then perhaps worthy of a purchase. Alas, not.
Now that I've cleared that up, I'll go on to write what my opinions are on the book. I love it. You could put it down to my highly biased opinion on Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson that makes me look past the grumbles and moans that his book is recycled material, but I don't care. It's a great novelty to have his articles in one book that you can carry around with you, read with caution however, as you will be smiling and laughing at his comical and witty experiences and anecdotes.
If you know Jeremy Clarkson you'll have a pretty good idea on what the chapters are about. Complaining, criticizing his co-workers Richard Hammond and James May, and finding solutions to his own complaints. In one instance, he solves Britain's drink diving problem by introducing a `green light system' where a person who has been drinking is allowed to drive home providing they place a green flashing light on the roof of their car, to warn others they are intoxicated.
A great attribute of the book are the pages that separates the years of his columns. They're accompanied by the car of the year, top 5 singles and top 5 movie releases for that year.
This book is a must have for any Clarkson or Top Gear fan, and with the book not solely based on cars, it makes as a great gift for anyone who enjoys a combination of wit, stupidity and controversial opinions.
Usual humour with random connections..
First articles so old they were written before his kids arrived.
If only I could get passed the thought that we are paying for recycled material and that they don't represent his truth anymore.
Perhaps the book should be under fiction?
Still enjoyed it though
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If you like Clarkson's writing or are interested in Top Gear you will enjoy this book.Published 1 month ago by Susan Bailey
"Don't judge a book by its cover" - never a truer word spoken in the case of this book. The back cover blurb would have you believe that this is Jeremy's behind-the-scenes... Read morePublished 7 months ago by GeekCliché