Review: The Top Gear Years by Jeremy Clarkson

Top-Gear-YearsPublished by: Penguin
ISBN: 0718176863
ISBN 13: 9780718176860
Published: September 2012
Pages: 494
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘The Top Gear Years’ by Jeremy Clarkson is yet another collection of his articles, this time taken from the Top Gear Magazine, making them easily assessable and referable. Within we find valuable information – such as he’s currently the tallest person working in British television – I’d like to see evidence of that, mister Clarkson!

As usual, you don’t have to like cars to enjoy what Clarkson has to say. Yes, he can be a bit of a twat, and most people probably would want to punch him if they actually met him in a bar, but he’s clever with his words and fairly intelligent, daring to say what probably shouldn’t, but is sometimes what a few of us are all thinking. Or it’s just ‘I shouldn’t be laughing at this but my goodness how could he just say that!’

I admit, I assumed this book would be behind-the-scenes tales of the Top Gear show, and it’s not. However, it’s still a damn funny read. Perhaps with so many others who obtained this book hoping for the same, they’ll ask Clarkson whether he would be interested in writing such a thing. We’ve seen bits and pieces through Hammond’s books, but these three have done so much, that there must be more to tell.

This book is highly enjoyable, and certainly worth a read. It’s easy to pick up and put down thanks to the shortish nature of each ‘chapter’, and so all we can do is hope that we’ll see a similar book from him soon, that gives us a window into what Top Gear is like!

This review was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 1st February 2013. 

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