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What Doesn't Kill You...: My Life in Motor Racing Hardcover – 3 Nov 2016

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593078381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593078389
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Typically ebullient... a testament to his mental and emotional strength." (MotorSport)

"Honest, rich in self-deprecating humour, and a thoroughly entertaining read... Herbert's recollections are packed with remarkable tales." (F1 Fanatic)

"Johnny Herbert is one of those rare special individuals... his story goes beyond the ordinary struggle. Told in that familiar voice that people have come to know and admire, the book is riddled with laugh-out-loud anecdotes from the world of Formula One." (Inside Line Media)

"Inspirational... [his] typical, self-deprecating humour is on display throughout. Reading the book is what you imagine it must be like to sit with him at the pub and have him tell you the story of his career." (Bleacher Report)

"From the opening page, Johnny's book had me smiling; it was almost like he was reading it aloud to me, injecting his personality into every page." (BadgerGP)

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The blood and guts-full memoir of one of Britain's best-loved motor racing drivers, told with his trademark warmth and humour.

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All of his "cheeky chappy" personality is evident ihere,which I rate along with Damon's recent book, as a great read. Here was a sparkling career cut short by the F3000 accident at Brands in 1988 when Foitek took him out. By his own admission he was never the same driver again and the conversations with Williams and Ferrari disappeared into a world of injury and pain. But JH has an indomitable spirit and went on to win GP, Le Mans and a winning longer term career in endurance racing.He only really got the chance to race in one competitive car (Benetton) and finished 4th in the drivers championship. I was at Brands when he won, a great victory for an immensely poular British driver. This is a great account, way better than Mansell latest effort. Great to see that JH is still with us on Sky Sports alongside Hill and Brundle. You must order this book, it's far too good to miss.
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Magnificent person, magnificent driver. We met Johnny when my son was karting and did one of his charity races in his team. Such a nice down-to-earth guy and the book reflects this. Seems surprised at his own success. Johnny deserves an MBE for his services to motorsport.
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This book is an easy to read romp through Johnny Herbert's career but is let down by being dreadfully written . It really needs a good sub editor to iron out typos like ' Zytec ' and to remedy statements such as the daft claim that only Messrs Hulkenberg, Herbert and Gachot have won the Le Mans 24 Hours whilst active Formula 1 drivers. The list of drivers in that category isn't even a short one - it includes G Hill , Rindt, Ickx, Oliver, Amon . McLaren, Rodriguez and Pescarolo.... .
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Johnny Herbert charts his unconventional entry to the world of motor racing and his ensuing career in this autobiography. A man lucky to be alive, as the title suggests, Herbert details his ups and downs with the sport he loves leading to his eventual role in punditry with honesty and class.
This has come out a few months after Damon Hill's autobiography and I have loved them both. Herbert concentrates firmly on his career and there is little regarding his personal life but what a career he had! Accidents are described in detail, including of course his big crash which nearly ended his career. It was great to read about Herbert's thoughts regarding F1 and the goings on and to read his opinions on people in F1 and events that took place. This is a great read for any fan of F1 or motor racing in general.
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I read this cover to cover in one night. It really was unputdownable
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Firstly I would say it is overall a good read for anyone like myself who is a petrol head, racer and F1 fan. However I do wish the book had been researched (see the glaring omissions over F1 drivers who won Le Mans) and edited better (it is braking for a corner not breaking).

I do get the impression from this and other autobiographies that the writer gets a bit bored by the end of the book and hurries the last part. The first half seems to be written in much better detail and at a more leisurely pace than the last half where I get the feeling the writer needs hit a deadline.There is not a great deal of personal detail divulged about contract negotiations, the sort of money he earned and his personal circumstances - we don't know for instance if he even owns a road car let alone what type.

There is some detail omitted on his racing CV. For instance anyone who knows racing - and I would suggest that most, if not all of the readers of the book are will know he spent a season in the BTCC with Team Dynamics. However this didn't even get a mention, as I'm sure he doesn't want to recall the fact that he actually wasn't very good at it. Not a criticism of his driving, you cant be good in every discipline, however if this is a book about your racing career it should include it all and not leave out the bits you chose to as, to me it affects the credibility.
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I just realized how long time I know somebody and still how many things I really missed during the years... I also understood how much tears are behind a smile... He was my fav. driver when I was just a kid, and later I visited several times his charity karting day (from Hungary it wasn't easy, but it was worthy). This is a very emotional story of a great people and a good driver with lovely humor and bitter tears. I just can say thanks to anyone who convinced him to write it finally.
It was easy to follow, in cronological order. For first time the style is not bad, but at some point I could feel that the original Johnny style was retouched by an editor (You know, Mr. Herbert, this is not a Stewart Ford, in story telling you not need to be always smoooooth! :) ).
On the other hand, maybe a little bit critically: it looks like the author was living in 2 paralell universe: sometimes there are "flashbacks" or "flashes" about he had a wife and children as well, but a bit too strongly focused only on his career.
All together: for first try of the author it was a great book, worth to read. Could be a great company also for long cross-country bus travels - It's simply priceless when you reach the end of the 3rd chapter laughing so hard on snot&bacon sandwich that fellow travelers think you just went crazy... :)
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