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Author:  Johnston [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:35 pm ]
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Seen this today in our local bargain books type shop. Brave and hefty looking book. anyone read it? Is it worth dropping £10 on or is it just filler?

Author:  JonA [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:02 pm ]
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It's OK but rather mawkish and doesn't shy away from detailing his off-track sexcapades - which I am personally not really interested in and is the reason I have never been a fan of Hunt. It could also do with a good proof-read as there's numerous typos and grammatical errors. There's also a few factual errors here and there. I'd give it 3/5.

Gerald Donaldson's biography is considerably better as it more focuses on his performance as a driver rather than a lothario. This would be 5/5.

Author:  Blinky McSquinty [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:18 pm ]
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Here are some reviews.
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This wasn't a patch on Rubython's Senna biography.......I learnt a lot about James Hunt I'd not known, granted, but there were a LOT of dating and continuity errors and grammatical/spelling mistakes which I found off-putting. It all seemed very rushed and I don't recall it being advertised as much as the Senna one was either-I heard about it by accident !
It was nice to know a lot more about James and his background and I liked the whole of Murray Walker's eulogy at his memorial service was reprinted in full as that was lovely, although sad, of course. His second wife Sarah didn't come out of it very well, I have to say, whereas all James' other ladies all seemed to be lovely and not grasping or demanding. I know Sarah had his sons but she still pretty much bankrupted him and from what I read James would never have seen her or his boys go short anyway-there was no need for it.
All in all a good book for the fans but if you're a real Hunt afficionado then maybe not........


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This is one of those books you need to be prepared to invest a substantial amount of your life into, and not just time but emotion too. You definitely leave this book with a greater sense of who James was as a driver and a man. When I turned the last page I felt the instananeous loss not only of the legend James Hunt but of this monster of a companion which had been with me for the last few months. It was impossible not to cry reading the printed words of Murray's eulogy to James. I have since bought this book for 2 other people but whether they have taken up the challenge yet I don't know. I only hope the film that's being made does the late, great, James justice.


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First off, this is a great introduction to the flaws and brilliance of James Hunt. This book tells all, warts and highs. Your demystify James, but also have a lot of empathy. From an editing standpoint, this book was lacking. It jumps timelines, thinly veils copy and pastes of areas of the books and the cadence of the story was messy. So it has some flaws, but I still enjoyed it.


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Great story/life, writing spotty in places.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9524635-shunt

http://youtu.be/iLZWNi1b5A8
http://youtu.be/reyhmYd59XQ

Author:  Adaemus [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:23 pm ]
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Wouldn't Jhunt be a better title...?

Sorry...I'll get me coat...

Author:  Toby. [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:39 pm ]
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Currently reading Donaldson's book (James Hunt: The Biography) and am loving it. Initially, I wasn't able to get into the book as much as I managed with Fangio, but it really comes alive mid-way through. I can't say for the book you're asking about but, as a person who expects to finish Donaldson's book in the next week or so (I'm into the last 100-150 pages), I'd really recommend this one. I picked it up for about $10 - including postage to the other side of the world - on BookDepository.

I wish PF1 had an official motor books thread. I'd love one page to collate all the book discussion that very occasionally jumps up. *Hint* *Hint* Mods :)

Author:  ashley313 [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:23 pm ]
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Toby. wrote:
Currently reading Donaldson's book (James Hunt: The Biography) and am loving it. Initially, I wasn't able to get into the book as much as I managed with Fangio, but it really comes alive mid-way through. I can't say for the book you're asking about but, as a person who expects to finish Donaldson's book in the next week or so (I'm into the last 100-150 pages), I'd really recommend this one. I picked it up for about $10 - including postage to the other side of the world - on BookDepository.

I wish PF1 had an official motor books thread. I'd love one page to collate all the book discussion that very occasionally jumps up. *Hint* *Hint* Mods :)

Make one! I love F1 history books :)

Author:  Blinky McSquinty [ Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:54 am ]
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Here's some history.

I was at the 1977 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport (first drive for Gilles in a Ferrari), and was sitting on the inside of the track between turn 2 and 3. Hunt and Jochen Mass got tangled up coming out of two, and Hunt spun into the guardrail on the outside of the track. I saw it all happen, it was right in front of me across the track. Hunt got out of his car, a marshall came up to lead him away, and James clocked him, knocked him on his butt.

I was also at the 1973 race when Hesketh and Hunt broke onto the scene, saw it all happen, it was like Beatlemania.

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Author:  Johnston [ Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:20 am ]
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Cheers folks. If it's full of mistakes I might give it a miss :thumbup:

Author:  JonA [ Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:20 am ]
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Johnston wrote:
Cheers folks. If it's full of mistakes I might give it a miss :thumbup:


I wouldn't say it's full of mistakes. Just that's there's a few and they're quite noticeable.

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