Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The World According To Clarkson - by Jeremy Clarkson

I quite like watching Top Gear, not just for drooling over the cars that I'll never be able to afford, but for the quality and humour of the presenters of which Clarkson is one. So, Lorna bought me this book as a stocking filler at Christmas and I've been reading it off and on since then. I This book basically consists of excerpts from Jeremy's column in the Sunday Times newspaper from January 2001 to December 2003.

In his travels as a journalist and presenter on Top Gear, he gets around quite a bit and has accumulated a wealth of experiences, some good, some bad and some just plain weird. He quite clearly shows that there's more to him than a love a cars and he delivers each chapter in a witty and thought provoking manner. He's a large, opinionated man with some very clear likes and dislikes that he's happy to share with us and, if you of an age like I am where you can empathize with his views, then you may well find yourself agreeing with many of his points. Things like not being ashamed of liking '70s rock music and not quite understanding why anyone likes cricket certainly had me nodding.

This is the kind of book you can pick and read a few chapters of and then put it down again without worrying about losing the plot if you it leave alone for a while. It makes for some very amusing reading and, if you like Clarkson's sharp wit and presentation style, then you'll probably enjoy this as well - and there's no mention of cars.

Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, Drama.
ISBN: 0-141-01789-9
My Rating: 7/10

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