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Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Gripping account by Richard Hammond of life before and after his terrifying high-speed car crash. Richard Hammond is one of our most in-demand and best-loved television presenters. In September , he suffered a serious brain injury following a high-speed car crash. An adrenalin junkie long before his association with Top Gear, Richard tells the story of his life, from the small boy showing off with ridiculous stunts on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol.
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Mar 03, Katharine Ventureadlaxre rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh how I teared up in parts of this. I have so much respect for this man - because he was careful to include the bad times during this ordeal.
It wasn't a book thanking the staff and the network and his friends and family, no. It was saying how hard it all was, and how he acted badly in some parts or how hard he was to get along with, etc.
He gave us the true story, which I don't think happens every time with these kinds of books. I love him more for it. I read it on the way home from England in m Oh how I teared up in parts of this. I read it on the way home from England in my three day stopover in Tokyo, and those passing by must have been amused at the gaijan's tears. Some parts were hard to read. This man once got stuck in a traffic jam and ran for two or so hours to get home - where he left his car I don't know - before his daughter woke on her birthday.
He's simply lovely. May 16, Louisa O'Donnell rated it liked it Shelves: I should start by saying I never read biographies. The middle section of the book had me hooked, I found myself hoping he'd be okay despite the obvious, but the bits around the middle were kind of slow going and I found that I wasn't really as invested in the story as I thought I was.
Dec 26, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: That is how things are these days. The viewer builds up some sort of relationship with the person on the small ish screen. So Richard's jet car accident was a big deal. The newspapers and the TV and radio news not only reported his crash, but also to some extent his recovery.
This book is Richards record, for public consumption, of that whole process. I started reading this on our quiet weekend, and got a fair way through. It starts with Richard's childhood and gives you some idea why he turned out like he did, his family life, and how he ended up on 'Top Gear'. This is all very interesting stuff as autobiographies go, but it isn't the main point of his book. The point is the recovery from the accident. It was just another mad day of filming.
Richard describes the 'car' as he normally would. I could hear him as I read the words.
The preparations for the run, the description of the simplicity of the controls. His evaluation of the vehicle and the driving experience. The description of the accident is brief. His thoughts during it are also recorded, but obviously from his memories - after the accident. He is used to observing and recording his impressions and playing them back for the viewer, and the accident is recorded in a similar way.
Immediately after the accident Mindy his wife takes over the narrative. It is through her descriptions of the aftermath that we get a real feeling for the impact that such an accident has on those around the victim.
At first just the worry, the narrow focus on the person you think you may loose, and the overwhelming shock of it all. All this comes through really clearly. The recovery process is more prolonged, this part takes about half the book.
There are some lovely scenes that portray the madness of it all, they should be funny, but because we have got to know Richard somehow, they are not.
The escape from the hospital, the military style operation to move the family to somewhere quiet so that the recovery can continue should be a point of high humour - but we care, so it isn't. Mindy's passages about the family, and particularly the children make for difficult reading.
They are well written, but hard to read, hard to get through, especially if you have children of your own, I suspect. Towards the end where Richard and Mindy are both writing, and it is possible to compare what they were doing by putting the passages next to each other, the font is changed so that we can easily tell who is who.
That is helpful, but that part of the book is still the most confusing. It would have been better separated into chapters, and some explaining used to help the reader through.
The constant switches from Richard to Mindy and back again just serves to break both stories. It is a very readable book, from one of our best TV personalities, describing a difficult period in his life.
Mindy's sections are perhaps the most important, and perhaps communicate the experience better than Richard's, but then she is on the outside, just as we are.
Let me just start off by saying that this is probably one of the best books I have ever read. The book starts with Richard [Hammond] himself talking about a skiing challenge he had to do as part of Top Gear after the crash, and how it affected his balance. He then, from chapter two, goes on to talk about his life from when he was a child - about his family, his brothers, the normal boyish things he did to hurt himself so that the attention would be on him, and finally, his developing love for car Let me just start off by saying that this is probably one of the best books I have ever read.
He then, from chapter two, goes on to talk about his life from when he was a child - about his family, his brothers, the normal boyish things he did to hurt himself so that the attention would be on him, and finally, his developing love for cars and bikes starting from a bicycle and a home-made ramp.
He writes about his teenage life, and his first proper jobs working for radio stations around England. There are some really funny stories in this section. This is when he starts writing about when he first met his wife Mindy and the two daughters they had a few years after.
The story then builds up towards the accident when talks about the jet-car experiment that him and the Top Gear team were determined to try out. He describes the car, the experience driving it at beyond-insane speeds, and finally, how he felt in those last moments before he blacked out when the car flipped several times off course The book picks up with his wife Mindy, who talks about what life was like for her and the girls when Richard was in hospital in a coma.
Some parts are extremely sad; their two daughters were very young at the time, so it is an emotional section of the book when you read about their reactions and how they didn't know what was happening to their daddy while he was stuck in hospital. Mindy covers the events in his life when he emerged from the coma, and was well on his way to recovery - their journey to a secret cabin in the Scottish Highlands to hide away from the press, and his triumphant return to his home and, of course, Top Gear.
Richard then steps back in to end the book, talking about how he felt after waking up after so long, and his confusion and temporary memory loss. Some sections are extremely funny to read because he writes about these situations in a very humorous way.
Nov 19, Steffi rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a really great read about Richard's jet car crash that happened in It was so much more than what I thought it would it be.
Not to say that I didn't think it would be interesting. I knew that it was about the crash from both Richard and his wife Mindy's POV of what happened before and after the crash. But I didn't know it would go into such depth of what really went on at the hospital and at their getaway home. The story was arranged wonderfully starting off with the crash having a This was a really great read about Richard's jet car crash that happened in The story was arranged wonderfully starting off with the crash having already happened.
And then you were thrown into his childhood giving you a great understanding of what drove him to do that finally lap.
But Mindy's parts are what really brought the story to life. I felt as if I was right there with her experiencing every high and low. I have a great appreciation for Mindy for how strong she was and how much she had to go through. This book isn't just a book to get a better understanding of what Richard went through, but also what others who have experienced brain damage have gone through.
I think I experienced every emotion while reading this book. One minute I'm laughing the next I've got tears welling up.
Honestly one of THE most interesting and best books I've ever read. It really makes me want to read Richard's other books Feb 28, AndrewP rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't think there are many people, familiar with Richard Hammond, who don't like him.
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As such, he's defiantly one of the UK's favorite TV presenters. This book has a short introduction documenting his childhood and early career leading up to his job on Top Gear. He barely walke I don't think there are many people, familiar with Richard Hammond, who don't like him. He barely walked away from that alive and it left him with some long lasting brain damage.
This book is about the effects of that crash and the long recovery process. Richard Hammond is credited as the author, but in reality, half the book was written by his wife Mindy. It's about all the struggles she had coping with the situation and helping Richard recover. It's an inspiring story and very insightful into how such a devastating injury effects people.
Richard was not badly hurt physically in the crash, all of his problems were caused by a severe blow to the head. It took him a long time to recover and get back to almost his former self. A large part of that was due to the love of his wife, close friends and thousands of well wishers the world over. Feb 02, Dustin rated it it was amazing. I initially read this book because I was an avid Top Gear Fan. I was looking to learn more about "the Hamster" and specifically about the crash that nearly ended his life.
Search it out if you've never heard of it. What i ended up reading was so much more. This book is Richards life story. Who he is now, who he was before the crash, and what appears to be a very honest look into head trauma and recovery told by two sides Richard and his Wife. Moreover, as someone who has worked with helmet desi I initially read this book because I was an avid Top Gear Fan. Moreover, as someone who has worked with helmet design, this book also made things more real.
Feb 03, Kika rated it liked it. Nov 16, S rated it liked it Shelves: Shoddy, cliche writing, but he's too lovable for me to mind much. Feb 12, Helen rated it it was amazing. Though I don't drive and I'm not 'into' cars, I have enjoyed watching many episodes of 'Top Gear', and also watched the 'Hamster's' science programmes with interest.
Along with thousands of others, I was horrified to hear of Richard's accident, and relieved that he has recovered from it so well. This honest account made for moving reading. Like many loyal fans, I was delighted by the return of "Top Gear" to BBC 2 in , especially after events in the autumn of gave us a belief that the show might be taken off the air permanently.
This was the result of a very serious accident suffered by one of the show's presenters, Richard Hammond and led to an international outpouring of grief and support for him and his family. The beauty of Hammond's TV work, no matter what programme it's on, is that he makes it all look so much fun and Like many loyal fans, I was delighted by the return of "Top Gear" to BBC 2 in , especially after events in the autumn of gave us a belief that the show might be taken off the air permanently.
The beauty of Hammond's TV work, no matter what programme it's on, is that he makes it all look so much fun and so easy. He gives off the air of being one of your mates who just happens to be on TV, especially on "Brainiac" and "Top Gear", where his cheeky sense of humour and his natural enthusiasm are given full rein.
We get a brief look at how the cheeky young boy became the cheeky young man and how he has been obsessed with motoring since he could drive a toy car. He sketches in a few details of his time in local radio and on "Top Gear" presenter, before recounting the day of his accident.
His wife Mindy takes over the story while Richard is easing in and out of consciousness in Leeds General Hospital and you get both sides of the story once Richard has been transferred to Bristol and is more coherent. The parts of the book are quite distinct, with Mindy's parts being quite simply written but full of emotion and Richard's having more humour, but in the immediate aftermath of his coma, written in short, snappy sentences. It's superbly written, as you get to feel Mindy's distress and the love she has for her husband and the short sentences convey Richard's mental distress and confusion as well as any words he could have used.
The book takes you through the whole range of emotions. Before the accident, recollections of Richard's about his horse riding style being "like a monkey riding a piano" remind you of the cheeky bloke he is and you can't help but laugh. Later on, Mindy's thought whilst looking at Richard is a coma "My world was in front of me, in that bed with tubes and monitors all over him" conveys her love so simply and so beautifully that I was nearly moved to tears; a feeling that would be repeated more than once as I read her part.
But even in the darkest moments, Richard's humour shines through. I can't think of anyone else who would observe that "Post-traumatic amnesia helped alleviate the boredom". I was a fan of Richard Hammond before, but having read this I am full of admiration for both Richard and Mindy. They have opened up their lives and their emotions to tell the story of the most personally harrowing experience that either of them is likely to go through.
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Every moment of weakness, every time they caused themselves embarrassment, every emotional and physical trauma is on the page for us to read. The whole recovery process was an act of bravery from them both and this is possibly the final, yet bravest step of all and one which may help those recovering from similar incidents or with family or friends in Richard's position. I'll admit I was a little disappointed at the start that there wasn't more on Richard's life prior to the accident, as his early years were very much sketched over.
This makes the book more an experience of an incident than a true biography, although as that was a defining moment in his life, this is understandable.
Richard is determined not to let this accident stop him, so there will hopefully be time for a full autobiography in a few years. I may not have got what I expected from this book, but what is here is a wonderfully emotional account of an accident, a fight for health and a deep and abiding love that should be sold with a free box of tissues. This is a book more for the fan of the man rather than the fan of "Top Gear", although if all the show's fans like the man as much as I do, it's more or less the same thing.
He may be short in stature, but the man has a huge heart. This review may also appear, in whole or in part, under my name at any or all of www. Aug 14, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: I admit, I'm not a car person at all I only ask for a little car that works, I can operate without having a spaz and dissolving into tears, is reasonably priced, and can get me from point A to point B , but apparently watching three middle-aged English men do utterly ridiculous challenges and road trips with cars while treating their hijinks as completely normal everyday events is hilarious.
So, naturally, I wanted to find more things that featured the hosts' wry and sarcastic sense of humor. Diney Costeloe. Beth Kery.
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The Innocent. Angle of Investigation. Michael Connelly. Life of Pi. Yann Martel. One Day. David Nicholls. Gone Girl.
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