On the Edge : My Story, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Gripping account by Richard Hammond of life before and after his terrifying high-speed car crash. Richard Hammond is one of our most in-demand and best-loved television presenters.

In September 2006, he suffered a serious brain injury following a high-speed car crash.

ON THE EDGE is his compelling account of life before and after the accident and an honest description of his recovery, full of drama and incident.

An adrenalin junkie long before his association with Top Gear, Richard tells the story of his life, from the small boy showing off with ridiculous stunts on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. After a series of jobs in local radio, he graduated to television and eventually to Top Gear.

His insights into the personalities, the camaraderie and the stunts for which Top Gear has become famous, make compulsive reading.

It was whilst filming for Top Gear that Richard was involved in a high speed crash, driving a jet-powered dragster.

His wife Mindy tells the story of the anxious hours and days of watching and waiting until he finally emerged from his coma. In an extraordinarily powerful piece of writing, she and Richard then piece together the stages of his recovery as his shattered mind slowly reformed.

The final chapter recounts his return home and his triumphant reappearance in front of the cameras.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 32
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9780753824047

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A fantastic and completely inspiring book that focuses on the Hamster's jet car crash in 2006 and his subsequent recovery from brain injury. He recounts the accident in amazing detail and then the book alternates between recollections of his extremely strong wife Mindy and Richard's addled memories of the weeks he spent in hospital. I literally could not put the book down because I wanted to know that he got better, even though I knew he did in the end. As I said, very inspiring, especially for me as I'm getting over a (much, much smaller) injury from a car crash.

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I found this a hard book to read because of my own recent life experiences on saying that i found it comforting to know others have similar struggles too. Brilliant read for anyone.

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Despite this being quite obviously Richard Hammond's story, what really made the book was the main section, as told by Mindy. Personally, I don't know how she managed to recap their struggle (his obvious one and hers to witness him doing it) in such a beautiful and yet accurate way, but she did, and I have all the more respect for her now because of it.

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The story of Richard Hammond's jet car crash and recovery. Half the book is written from his wife Mindy's point of view.

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