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James May - Author

About the Author

James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear on BBC2. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

Featured books by James May

How to Land an A330 Airbus And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

How to Land an A330 Airbus And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

Author: James May Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him fifty ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact.

ebook of the month

Other books by James May

Car Fever The car bore's essential companion

Car Fever The car bore's essential companion

Author: James May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2018

When I'm in power there are going to be some changes around here, I can tell you. May's Britain is going to be a better place to live. The Grand Tour's James May is back with his hilarious and controversial opinions on . . . just about everything. As well as writing about his first love, cars, James has a go at political correctness, the endless rules and regulations of daily life, the internal combustion engine and traffic wardens. He discusses gastropubs, Jeremy Clarkson and other trials of modern life. His highly entertaining observations from behind the wheel will have you laughing out loud, whether you share his opinions, or not. Car Fever is an indispensable guide to life for the modern driver.

The Reassembler

The Reassembler

Author: James May Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2017

'A typically Mayesque celebration of classic engineering ... May is extraordinarily good at explaining what a carburettor is or outlining how a governor works... It's charming, transfixing and surprisingly intimate...It might be the best thing he's ever done.' - Guardian [review of BBC4 TV series] 'Reassembly is merely a form of therapy; something that stimulates a part of my brain that is left wanting in my daily life. When I rebuild a bicycle, I re-order my head. So might you... I'm delighted that you will be holding in your hands a book about putting things back together. It's a subject that fascinates me but which I assumed was a lonely passion that I would take to the grave, unconsummated by the normal channels of human interaction. Welcome! You and I, we are not alone, and our screwdrivers are our flashing Excaliburs as we sally forth to make small parts of the fragmented world whole again.' As in his hit BBC4 TV series, as well as learning the history of the objects, we get a history of the component parts. As James rebuilds an engine, he explains the cylinders, what they are, how they came about and what they do.

From Farmboy to Fanfares

From Farmboy to Fanfares

Author: James May Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/2017

From Farmboy to Fanfares

From Farmboy to Fanfares

Author: James May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2017

James May's Man Lab The Book of Usefulness

James May's Man Lab The Book of Usefulness

Author: James May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

For at least two decades now modern man has been on the brink of a crisis. Persuaded by both the post-feminist political landscape and his representation in the popular media to remodel himself as an endearingly hopeless halfwit, he now exists only as an object of pity. James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, and his happy band of brothers (plus a few women, but we try to edit them out) are engaged on a quest to lead maledom to a broad sunlit upland strewn with slim books of English verse and neatly stacked with correctly sharpened tools arranged in descending size order. From here they confront the mysteries of romance and fashion, the cult of men's cooking and the daunting underworld of hardcore DIY. Read it and remember that, as a chap, your first duty is to be dependable. And then you can have a pint.

How to Land an A330 Airbus And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

How to Land an A330 Airbus And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

Author: James May Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him fifty ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact.

ebook of the month
How to Land an A330 Airbus And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

How to Land an A330 Airbus And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

Author: James May Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/09/2010

Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him fifty ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do. Not stuff you can download from the internet, but really important things. You never know when you might need to land an A330 Airbus, or deliver twins. And there may well be a moment when being able to play a bit of classical music on the piano is absolutely crucial to your success with women. So read, learn and be prepared - you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Car Fever The car bore's essential companion

Car Fever The car bore's essential companion

Author: James May Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 20/08/2009

Top Gear's James May is back with his hilarious and controversial opinions on . . . just about everything. As well as writing about his first love, cars, James has a go at political correctness, the endless rules and regulations of daily life, the internal combustion engine and traffic wardens. He discusses gastropubs, Jeremy Clarkson and other trials of modern life. His highly entertaining observations from behind the wheel will have you laughing out loud, whether you share his opinions, or not. Car Fever is an indispensable guide to life for the modern driver.

James May's Magnificent Machines How men in sheds have changed our lives

James May's Magnificent Machines How men in sheds have changed our lives

Author: James May, Phil Dolling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2008

Our world has been transformed beyond recognition, particularly in the twentieth century, and so were our lives and our aspirations. Throughout JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, explores the iconic themes of the past hundred years: flight, space travel, television, mechanised war, medicine, computers, electronic music, skyscrapers, electronic espionage and much more. But he also reveals the hidden story behind why some inventions like the Zeppelin, the hovercraft or the Theremin struggled to make their mark. He examines the tipping points - when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable - and gets up close to the nuts and bolt of remarkable inventions. Packed with surprising statistics and intriguing facts, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to know how stuff works and why some stuff didn't make it.

Notes from the Hard Shoulder

Notes from the Hard Shoulder

Author: James May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2007

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.