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The World According to Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Penguin Books

Published : 2005

Copyright : Jeremy Clarkson 2005

ISBN-10 : PB 0-14-101789-9
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-14-101789-1

Publisher's Write-Up

The world is an exciting and confusing place for Jeremy Clarkson - a man who can find the overgrown schoolboy in us all. In The World According to Clarkson, one of the country's funniest comic writers has free reign to expose absurdity, celebrate eccentricity and entertain richly in the process.

And the net is cast wide: from the chronic unsuitability of men to look after children for long periods or as operators of 'white goods', Nimbyism, cricket and PlayStations, to astronomy, David Beckham, 70's rock, the demise of Concorde, the burden of an Eton education and the shocking failure of Tom Clancy to make it on to the Booker shortlist, The World According to Clarkson is a hilarious snapshot of the life in the 21st century that will have readers wincing with embarrassed recognition and crying with laughter.

It's not about the cars!

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Review by Ray (100206) Rating (8/10)

Review by Ray
Rating 8/10
Love or hate the guy, Jeremy Clarkson has a very interesting view point on life. I personally like him. Yes he is monstrously tall. Hates the Germans, who apparently can only build satellite systems into cars that only go as far as Poland, he's sexist, and he’s non pc. But he speaks his mind and despite what you might think, you might agree with him on some things. I know I do. He says things that you are thinking but are too afraid to voice.

This book is made up of the last few years of Clarkson's articles in the Sunday Times. He covers everything from technology, football, education, mindless bureaucracy and obviously cars. Some of the stories that he has from this Top Gear days and travelling around Europe will have you chuckling. His brand of humour can be incredibly clever sometimes but can appear juvenile too. He's not afraid to take the 'p' out of anything including himself.

One classic from the book is a story about when he was at RAF Henlow where he saw a poster for the pilots. It warns pilots that alcohol will make them aggressive and violent. Is that really a bad thing for fighter pilots?

Where the book fails a little is that it’s not up to date. He writes his articles for the now and unless you can remember all the little things that were going on in 2001-2003 some of the humour may be lost on you. Saying that, it's a funny book, and one you can step in to and out of at your leisure. I guarantee you will be laughing out loud at some of the stuff in this book.

I'd recommend it to anyone.
Ray (10th February 2006)

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