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.
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.
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!
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.
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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"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 5 months ago by GeekCliché