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Flat Out, Flat Broke: Formula 1 the Hard Way! Paperback – December, 2003
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More About the Author
Perry McCarthy's hilarious autobiography Flat Out, Flat Broke, has already become a motor racing best seller and has received rave reviews:
SAMPLE OF MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER REVIEWS:
' ... this book is hilarious'
'Perry McCarthy does for Formula One what Bill Bryson did for travel writing. But beneath the black humour and wisecracks - funny enough to make you laugh out loud in public - lies an inspiring and at times poignant tale of that rarest kind of racer: one who never gave up and was, literally, prepared to die trying.'
The Independent on Sunday
'Perry McCarthy has always been excellent at describing his career in a series of memorable anecdotes, and here they are, strung together in book form. The reader is frequently left racked with sympathy at the author's outrageous misfortune, or in convulsive sobs of laughter. This is an utterly fantastic read.'
'Sometimes books, like cigarette packets, should come with a surgeons health warning. Flat Out Flat Broke is a case in point, not just because it contains photographs of the author in the long forgotten days of his early childhood, but because it will make your stomach ache from laughing.'
'.... A fantastic funny story'
(Book of the week) The London Evening Standard
'His engaging story of a less-than-smooth life in motor racing exudes his own cockney energy and enthusiasm and is a charming feel good tale that shows you can get what you want if you want it badly enough'
Scottish Sunday Express
'The James Hunt impressions, the Ayrton Senna pizza delivery, the Rat Pack stories - the laughs come thick and fast in Perry McCarthy's fantastic new book, Flat Out Flat Broke ...'
'The third edition of Perry McCarthy's autobiography is a brilliant read'
SAMPLE OF AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEWS:
'Fantastic' Mr. J. W. Wood (Grimsby, UK)
'Brilliant!' By True Reader' "Brock" (London, England)
'Fantastic very funny!' By S. Shepherd (UK)
'Brilliant' By Trevor Waldock (Maldon, Essex United Kingdom)
'Flat out, Flat Great' By C. M. Killa "Cat1984" (Llanelli, South Wales)
'Superb read' By MR PAVS (United Kingdom)
'Superbly Entertaining' By M. McCall "otto-mate"
'Perry you are one in a million!' By A Customer
'Let's cheer him at Le Mans' By "yn0711"
'When's the continuation book coming out?' By "tcp8"
'Stretch out, relax and enjoy!' By: Mrs. P. L. England. (STAFFORD, Staffs. United Kingdom)
'Flat Out, Flat Broke - but not Flat...' By Bernard McMinn
'Hilarious account of bizarre motorsport career!!' By "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. McCarthy has a truely unique style of writing that lets the reader re-live all of the ups & downs with him. He writes very freely, just as if he were talking to you; much like the style of Niki Lauda in his autobiography. Parts are as funny as anything I have read in this genre, & parts make you wonder why he keeps going back to bang his head against the wall, literally.
Through the entire book, & it sounds like his entire life, he never looses his sense of humour, or sight of his goal. This guy has perseverance!
I was totally entralled from cover to cover, but I do admit I was surprised that he didn't go into a little more detail concerning his races. I then realized that I could go to one of the many racing annuals & read race detail, but he was giving me a behind-the-scenes look at the sport, not usually available.
This is a great book, & I highly recommend it to anyone who either aspires to a goal, or has driven a car, or wants to drive a car...or has seen a car...
The book is very well written in a Conversational style that makes you feel like one of the �rat pack�. Like F1, it�s paced at the speed of taking Eau Rouge flat out. After reading this story, you certainly wish you were one of the blokes lined up to give him money. He has a charm and whit that is infectious and translates well in print. I strongly recommend this book. Not to learn about F1, but to learn about Perry. To learn something of risk, gambles and the will to succeed at all costs. The parallel stories of his mates; Hill, Blundell and Herbert are equally entertaining. The overall story of his father, who was foreshadowing Perry�s own career choices and paths, is a welcome angle to this book as well. In short, this book was a total surprise and treat for anyone that just likes good stories of life and struggles in the motor racing world.
To Perry, I say good luck to you sir. You have had a difficult road to travel but what memories it has provided for you, and now me.
Perry McCarthy knew very little about racing until a friend took him to a racetrack. Perry immediately became hooked and started on a quest to be World Champion.
You won't believe the hard luck that he has along the way. He does make it to the pinnacle of motor sports, Formula One, in a roundabout sort of way.
There was a baseball book called "Good Enough To Dream" that was written about minor-league players. This is a book about someone that is even closer than that, a fraction of an inch away from realizing everything that he ever wanted.
You might think that someone in that position would be bitter, but McCarthy displays a sense of humor that will keep you turning the pages! And along the way, you meet up with the like of Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, and other familiar names.
A nice addition to your Formula One library.
I adopted McCarthy's ethic and pushed on, but I could have just as easily put it down and forgot all about it. Instantly forgettable is not a quality I like in a book. As for the author himself, what some interpret as tenaciousness I found to be more like entitlement. Maybe its a cultural difference but I found myself not really liking McCarthy the more I read. I dont find him to be a very good story teller or writer, but maybe he just needed a little editing help. I bought this because of all the positive reviews, but I disagree. As an insight into the politics and dog eat dog of the racing world its pretty good, but as a well written book and a good read...not so much. There is a difference. Steve Matchett's books are far more interesting and well written then this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! If you are an aspiring driver, or even just an automotive race enthusiast, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not reading this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shorty
If you are a Top Gear fan. This is a book for you. One of the Stig drivers and his autobiography. Must Have for all enthusiasts of the show.Published 10 months ago by Shafiqur Rahman
If only I had read this from when I was 5 yo, then I could have been a F1 driver. Well if only it was that simple. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tri Tran
It was interesting since I am a F1 fan, but he could have taken much less space to say the same things. But it's not easy to find books on F1 here in the US.Published 24 months ago by Bodicia
If you would like your education re Formula One spiced with some warm laughs laced with harsh reality this is a romp.Published on August 29, 2013 by Dennis
Very enjoyable read. Found myself laughing out loud at some of the anecdotes Perry tells. If you have any interest in F1 and especially of the90's you should get this for some real... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Dt
Alot has been written about the sharp end of the grid. few have written about the tailenders. This was a great view of the struggles of a man just trying to reach his dreams. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by W. Patrick Harvey
Honestly, I was hoping to find out more about the Stig and the Top Gear show, so if you are feeling the same way you would not have to bother getting this book. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by A. Rybalnik
I follow formula 1 very keenly and am quite updated about the latest websites as well as relevant books. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Arshad Altaf