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Old 25 Dec 2018, 13:34 (Ref:3872360)   #211
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As the turkey cooks , my books of 2018 -


Howden Ganley- The Road to Monaco - beautifully written ,and not by a ghost. A lovely book by a lovely man who has done it all - from Le Mans to nearly winning the '73 Canadian GP and from being the 'ga' in Tiga to the ambassador for the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee



Adrian Newey - How to Build a Car . As a non techy reader I enjoyed this book enormously , and I found an endearingly human side to the man whom I had always thought was the geeks' geek



John Barnard - The Perfect Car .Gosh , what can I say ? A fascinating book about a man with chips on both shoulders , who comes over as profoundly unlikable . But the stuff about Ferrari is astonishing - plots, backstabbing and intrigue galore . But anybody who designed the sublime Ferrari 640 is alright by me , and the book is un-put-downable .



Pironi- The Champion Who Never Was- David Sedgwick . There is no disguising the author's love of his subject but ,on the evidence of what I have read so far , the book is just dreadfully written . As was Johnny Herbert's What Doesn't Kill You - a great story in serious need of a good subeditor .


Damon Hill's Watching The Wheels is the most insightful , fascinating and best written racing driver autobiography I have read . The only one which comes close is the late Peter Revson's Speed with Style .
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So, this year my dear wife has excelled herself by buying me three books, two being motor-racing related, the other connected to my other vice, Monty Python. After flicking through all thee, I've decided that the one I couldn't put down was Eric Idle's Sortabiography: "Always look on the bright side of life". I'm trying to read it slowly (not because it's hard work, but to make it last), and am really enjoying it's written as if he's speaking every word, not full of belly laughs, but really very amusing and although I'm only up to page 33, the start of Chapter 6, I'd highly recommend it.
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That sounds like my kind of read, having been an MP fanatic all my life......
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That sounds like my kind of read, having been an MP fanatic all my life......
Why does that not come as a surprise?........
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So, this year my dear wife has excelled herself by buying me three books, two being motor-racing related, the other connected to my other vice, Monty Python. After flicking through all thee, I've decided that the one I couldn't put down was Eric Idle's Sortabiography: "Always look on the bright side of life". I'm trying to read it slowly (not because it's hard work, but to make it last), and am really enjoying it's written as if he's speaking every word, not full of belly laughs, but really very amusing and although I'm only up to page 33, the start of Chapter 6, I'd highly recommend it.
I was bought the Eric Idle book for Christmas too Not started it yet - I haven't finished the book I'm on yet (First Light by Geoff Wellum - another great read and one I'd highly recommend).
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