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The Top Gear Years Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 104 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,612 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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Brought this in 2012 for my son who is a mad Top Gear Fan.
It is a Hard Back cover, which I like as they tend to last longer, this one definitely has 5 years later still looks as good as new and my son has re read it several times and passed it on to his friends to read. it is a good thick book, so lots to read.
I would recommend the book

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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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Format: Hardcover
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 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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Format: Hardcover
Like he needs the money....this amounts to nothing more than a tarted up hardcovered collection of everything he's written in Top Gear magazine over the last ten years or so.

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.
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I'm a big fan of Jeremy Clarkson, so when I read people accusing him of money grabbing by re-selling all of his articles in book form put a bad taste in my mouth. It is true that the only part of the book that contains new material is the introduction, where Jeremy states himself "One day, I may write an autobiography. But this isn't it." This so called flaw in Clarkson's book only applies to you if, a) you own every issue of Top Gear Magazine from 1993 where Jeremy has written a column or b) you're Rain Man and can memorize anything you read which would make owning this book redundant.
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.
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