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Round the Bend Hardcover – International Edition, November 22, 2011

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About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson began his career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718158407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718158408
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Clarkson could write about the head of a pin and I'd still read it. No matter what subject he tackles, the writing itself is superb. He's deeply creative, highly intelligent, has a wicked sense of humor, and projects a personality that makes one want to offer condolences to his mother!
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This collection of articles that Mr Clarkson has written in the recent past all touch the central theme of reviewing a car but take the liberty to comment on just about any subject, ranging from traffic, politics and technology...always in the most amusing manner and with a sharp wit that maybe only the british can deliver
If you already have a book of him, you know you want this one
If this will be your first, it will not be your last
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This is another one of the compilations of Jeremy Clarkson's articles about car reviews, life, or whatever else caught his attention at the time. While some of the reviews are for cars that are a bit old its still a fun read and worth it to read his humor
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What can be said about the man who punched out Piers Morgan BESIDES A HEART FELT "Well Done Mate!)? The book takes Clarksons' personal observations of daily and the state of the rest of the world, and condense them down to book form. His writing is witty and humorous. Jeremy Clarkson is the weekend writer for the The Sunday Times when he isn't writing for the tabloid paper the Sun. He also is one of the three hosts for BBC's Top Gear (BBC America). Many of his stories are taken from those he wrote for the newspapers or experienced from Top Gear. So unless you read the British Press or watch a whole lot of "Top Gear" the stories will be fresh to you.

Clarkson is a joy to read and after commencing you just don't want to put the current book down so you can get through it to aqait the arrival of your next Clarkson book purchase. He's spot - right - on about the issues he chooses to write about. The book is a good read and Jeremy Clarkson deserves 5 Stars, iof for no other reason that putting up with James May !
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I'm a big fan of Jeremy Clarkson both on and off the TV set and his sense of humour and views on the world always ring a sense of truth whilst being funny at the same time. This book is less like his other books as this is more about cars, which I love, and his reviews of them in written form. Mix that with world views on cars and you have this book.

This book is for those who love cars, love Top Gear and love Jeremy Clarkson's humour.

If you want a more world view past and present then you can't go wrong with adding The World According to Clarkson to your basket too.
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rather meaningless four stars here given that the only people who are going to want to read it probably already like Clarksons' style as they'd already know him from his hugely successful Top Gear TV spot.

Having established that is this as good (or as bad if that's your opinion) as the other books that collected columns he'd written the Sunday Times? Yep. Perfect airport lounge fodder. Perfect vacation reading. Perfect for a gift for your stupid brother - hang on, there's an idea....

So, having established that this book is like all the others and that - among other high/lowlights - will tell you why washing a car is a waste of time, reminds you that Switzerland is so afraid of snow that any flakes falling on the road are immediately arrested, reveals why St Moritz may be the most bonkers town in all of the world and shows you how the world of performance cars may be likened to Battersea Dogs Home. Well, that's what the blurb on the back says....

Dig in.
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I'm a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear series. I do believe that he, unlike many other journalists in his field, actually makes cars exciting and fun to think about. His sense of humor is unique, and his roundabout style of reviewing makes for some unique reading.

That being said, I think he's politically absurd. While that normally doesn't get in the way of me enjoying the work he puts out, this book got tiresome to read after awhile. I really only read a few reviews every time I pick up the book, simply because I'm sick of him talking about polar bears and congestion charges and speed cameras.

It's a fun book, but if you're like me, don't read too much of it at once.
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It's hard to rate a book like this. If you intend to buy it it certainly helps if you know about Clarkson virtues and sins in advance; both are represented here in abundance. He is a very witty author who knows how to look straight at a problem, whatever it may be; he is also a very opinionated writer and at least some of his prejudices - a lot of which are not connected to cars at all - will drive you up the wall. I think that watching Clarkson or reading his articles/books is an acquired taste: if you have it you will enjoy the book, if not you should treat it with caution.
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