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Touch Wood - The Autobiography of the 1953 Le Man Winner Paperback – 5 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782197737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782197737
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'May be the best book ever' --Chris Evans

'Probably the most humorous motor racing biography ever written' --Automobile Magazine

About the Author

Duncan Hamilton is the author of "The Footballer Who Could Fly," "Immortal," and "Provided You Don't Kiss Me."


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A great read, I am not interested in cars and racing but it was a wonderful book, I listened to the son being interviewed on Chris Evans breakfast show, this is what persuaded me, it was terribly funny as was the book and fascinating and moving. Highly recommend.
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If this book had been written as a novel everybody would say it was too far fetched to be believable. Written in 1960 a year after he retired at the end 1958, it tells his life story from birth, babyhood, crashes in a pram!, to youth, more crashes, to his years in the fleet arm, more crashes, and finally his more successful years as a Jaguar sports car driver. The stories are legendary, from high 'jinks' in an hotel room where his head accidentally crashes through a thin partition wall into the next room, between the beds of two elderly ladies, and being told to go away because he was a very rude boy, to Le Mans in 1953 where he and his co-driver Tony Rolt believing they have been disqualified on the Friday evening, drown their sorrows with an all night Brandy drinking session, found in a bar, at 10 a.m. by Sir William Lyons (the boss of Jaguar), the race starts at 4 p.m ., after black coffee only made them feel queasy , double brandies did the trick and they went on to win the race. If I could give this book six stars I would, cannot recommend to much.
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A thoroughly entertaining book that captures the spirit of those who'd survived the worst parts of the Second World War and were determined to live life to the full. A must read for anyone who has even a passing interest in 1950's motor racing.
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An amazing story. Duncan Hamilton certainly lived a charmed life. Looking back from 2014, the risks taken and the loss of life incurred in post-war motor racing is horrifying by today's standards but the focus and dedication of the men involved is beyond all question. Absolutely fascinating insight to a bygone age. All credit to Chris Evans on Radio 2 for featuring this book on his Friday morning show a couple of weeks ago.
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I bought this book for my husband as he has an interest in motor racing. He said it was one of the most enjoyable reads he had ever had so full of humour and great adventures. He has recommended it to several friends.
Chris Evans was right with his enthusiasm for this great book.
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What a cracking book! I'm not really a tremendous motor racing fan but heard about this book on Chris Evans breakfast show and thought I'd give it a go. It's a great read but I have to say I glazed over a bit at the technical bits. What a fantastic life he had though. Would thoroughly recommend this.
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For the motor racing fan there is much to be learned; about the man; about his contemporaries and about racing conditions of his time. If you are not a motor racing fan but enjoy a good 'belly laugh' and are not self-concious of laughing out loud at what you read, you really must read this book. Beware however if you are not a fan of motor racing because this book could make you into one.
The most delightful book I have read in ages.

Mr Pat Butcher
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Not a book fan and have not read a book for years but heard Chris Evans talking about 'Touch Wood' on the radio so decided to buy and read it.........could not put it down once I started, excellent read and what a life Duncan Hamilton had.
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