Notes from the Hard Shoulder, Paperback
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Top Gear presenter and columnist for the "Daily Telegraph" James May brings together another brilliant collection of his most controversial and humorous writing.

From tales of motoring adventures through India, Russia and Iceland, to classic articles on essential subjects such as driving songs and haunted car parks, these gems from the number one car connoisseur will take readers on a motoring journey that will amuse and entertain in equal measure.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Motor cars: general interest
  • ISBN: 9780753512029



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James May is one of the presenters of 'Top Gear', a car based magazine programme on British TV. He is often seen as the 'fall guy' who is there to be the butt of the joke, coming last in the various 'races' that the team run. He even has the nickname 'Captain Slow'.This book is a collection of his writings in various newspapers and magazines. He is clearly the most eloquent of the team, able to tell an amusing tale as well as to argue a detailed case.Like many of the books I've been reading recently, this is a 'short snippets' type affair, with most articles being no more than three of four pages long. This makes it handy for reading in the small snippets that my reading is currently reduced to.The book is enjoyable, with James May able to entertain. I don't agree with much of his views on things like global warming, but that didn't really get in the way of enjoying the book.