- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing; 1st Edition 1st Prin edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297853279
- ISBN-13: 978-0297853275
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting Top Gear over the last 4 years with Jeremy Clarkson; he also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1, Should I Worry About...? on BBC 1 and Time Commanders on BBC 2. His Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show was shown every weekday on ITV1 during January and February 2006, and he is a team captain on the BBC2 quiz show, Petrolheads. He writes a weekly column in The Daily Mirror. His crash whilst filming for Top Gear in September 2006 made him a household name.
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But the real treasure of this book is Mindy, Richard's wife. She wrote part of the book, and her scenes are, frankly, the best. She writes with such love and devotion. I really felt for her and her family with every scene that passed. The recovery and love were very special, and I felt honored to get to read about it.
This story would probably be helpful to anyone who'd suffered from an accident and was dealing with the aftermath physically, emotionally, and mentally. Despite many dark days, Hammond's road to recovery is very so hopeful. It makes you feel like anything's possible.
Hammond is completely honest about things that many people might be tempted to hide. He talks about being accident-prone and a daredevil as a kid. He talks about reverting to a "selfish" childlike state during one part of his recovery, bouts with fear and panic, and how difficult it was to be alone. Mindy shares the pain and agony of the family as well as hope and commitment and love. The book is written in an understated, honest way that shows emotion very clearly.
I think it's wonderful. Honestly, you probably don't even need to watch Top Gear to enjoy this show, because they don't talk about the show very much. It's mostly about the family, and I felt very glad to get a glimpse into this difficult time in their lives.
I'm not a giant fan of celebrities and I could care less about most of them. But the charm, wit and charisma of Mr. Hammond made me want to read this book. I found out a lot about the man (obsessed with machines and speed from a young age like myself) about the accident and what it took for him to come back. Also, the book tells the story from the side of his wife about finding out about the accident and helping Richard recover. As a new Dad with two small boys at home and a slightly dangerous job as a commercial pilot, I felt much empathy for all involved.
If you aren't up on your "Queens English", it is a bit hard at times to figure out what is being said. But the book gives great insight on Mr. Hammond and what a severe accident does to the family. It allows you to see how a traumatic brain injury affects someone and what it takes to recover from such an event. Kudos to Mr. Hammond for pulling through and to his family for helping him to pull through and for writing an interesting memoir of the event.
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