Clarkson on Cars
Paperback : 27 May 2004
Jeremy Clarkson – number one bestseller, presenter of Top Gear and, easily, the most opinionated person ever to sit behind the wheel of a car – gets under the bonnet in Clarkson on Cars a collection of his motoring journalism.
Jeremy Clarkson has been driving cars, writing about them and occasionally voicing his opinions on the BBC’s Top Gear for twenty years.
No one in the business is taller.
In this collection of classic Clarkson, stretching back to the mid-1980s, he’s pulled together the car columns and stories with which he made his name. As coal mines closed and house prices exploded to a soundtrack of men in make-up playing synthesizers, Jeremy was already waxing lyrical on topics as useful and diverse as:
• The perils of bicycle ownership
• Why Australians – not Brits – need bull bars
• Why soon only geriatrics will be driving BMWs
• The difficultly of deciding on the best car for your wedding
• Why Jesus’s dad would have owned a Nissan Bluebird
• And why it is that bus lanes cause traffic jams
Irreverent, damn funny and offensive to almost everyone, this is writing with its foot to the floor, the brake lines cut and the speed limit smashed to smithereens. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Number-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled, Don’t Stop Me Now, Driven To Distraction, Round the Bend, Motorworld, and I Know You Got Soul are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store. His The World According to Clarkson series has sold over three million copies in the UK and places Clarkson frequently at the top of best seller lists.
Read Clarkson book extracts and quotes from Jeremy Clarkson’s latest titles.
Jeremy Clarkson, tells penguin.co.uk what makes him angry, what puts a smile on his face, his greatest fear and his greatest (unsurprising) vice.
Who or what always puts a smile on your face?
Coming home after a week in London and finding the kids still up.
What are you reading at the moment?
Which author do you most admire?
For spinning a yarn, Tom Clancy in his early days; for breathtaking writing, Sebastian Faulks.
What’s your earliest memory?
Peeling a hard-boiled egg at Manchester Airport.
What is your greatest fear?
That Tony Blair may have a point.
How would you like to be remembered?
I won’t be remembered.
Have you even done something you’ve really regretted?
How do you spoil yourself?
What’s your favourite word/book?
Is this for TV Quick?
Who do you turn to in a crisis?
My chickens. Because only I can ever sort stuff out.
What makes you angry?
Piers Morgan mostly.
Have you ever had any other jobs apart from writing?
I was a milkman once, for a day. And then I sold bears.
Are you in love?
What’s your worst vice?
A f****** temper s*** head.
What are you proudest of?
Where do you write?
Where’s your favourite city?
Saigon, Rome, Hong Kong, Biarritz, Milan and San Francisco are all great. But the winner is London, by an enormous margin.
When was the last time you cried?
My name is Jeremy. That makes me a man, and that means I don’t snivel.
One wish; what would it be?
That the whole world would become one…and gang up on the Americans.
Did you enjoy school?
Every last moment. Especially the beatings.
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 368
Published : 27 May 2004
Publisher : Penguin
Clarkson on Cars
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