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What Doesn't Kill You...: My Life in Motor Racing Hardcover – 3 Nov 2016
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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)
The blood and guts-full memoir of one of Britain's best-loved motor racing drivers, told with his trademark warmth and humour.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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I started watching F1 in the early nineties as a child and remember the races described in this book. It has been really interesting to learn more about the back story to them.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a great read.actually focussed on the racing.very informative and funny with it.recommend it to anyone motorsport fan or notPublished 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
Gives a good insight on what goes on behind the scenes in F1, and the dedication and bloodymindedness needed to make it to the top.Published 5 days ago by Unknown
I always had a soft spot for Johnny.
This book is fascinating for the most part. It feels very honest. Some of which, well, comes over rather too well. Read more
Astonishing story. God knows what he might have achieved had he not had the accident. Still did ok though! Cracking read.Published 18 days ago by Ghost
I have nor read this book yet but I am looking forward to when I have finished the book I am reading.Published 22 days ago by John R Kittle