I'm sure most book readers can picture the scenario: walking around a town, having finished a previous book, and thinking it would be great to get another. This was the scenario I found myself in not too long ago. Pretty soon after I found myself in a book shop, happily browsing away.
Now, I looked at fiction but to be honest, I wasn't in the mood for fiction. So I looked at sports biographies and the like. Nothing that I hadn't already read stuck out to me. Then, as I moved away, in the corner of my eye, this book was just going out of view. I turned around.
I am a big fan of Top Gear. Jeremy, Richard and James are very very funny together and their interaction makes for a good TV show. But I wasn't certain how good they would be in writing. Without each other, I was understandably concerned that this book could be boring. I know that often Clarkson would take time on Top Gear and do a "report" on his own but of course, as a viewer, we can't be sure how much of it is scripted.
But, I still risked buying this book. And I'm glad I did. The first noticeable thing about it is the format. As a collection of newspaper columns, in chronological order, they read quite easily as small chapters. This actually was one of my favourite features of the book. It became easier to read when you could stop at almost any point and then come back to it easily.
And any worries I had that Clarkson wasn't going to be at all humorous were erased in the first few pages. Not only was he humorous but he was a very talented writer. I enjoyed reading through and by the end of Day 1 had read almost half the book, with breaks every 30 or so pages. I was still interested.
The book was also handy to have around at work, especially on slow days but alas, I finished it more quickly than I expected and no matter how much I willed it to, the phone didn't ring and I was left sitting waiting for the time I could leave. Eventually the time came and the first thing I did when I got home was log onto the internet to see if there was a sequel. To my joy, yes, there was.
I await it's delivery! If it's only half as funny and interesting as the first one, it'll still be a great hit in my eyes!