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Richard Porter - Author

About the Author

Richard Porter is script editor for BBC's Top Gear and contributing editor for Top Gear magazine. He has written over 10 Top Gear titles, including the bestselling Big Book of Top Gear, The Top Gear Alternative Highway Code and How to Parachute into a Moving Car.

Featured books by Richard Porter

Top Gear Guide to Britain A Celebration of the Fourth Best Country in the World

Top Gear Guide to Britain A Celebration of the Fourth Best Country in the World

Author: Richard Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2013

For over ten years, Top Gear has been travelling all over Britain in the course of making the world's best programme about cars, driving, and three men in smart-casual clothes shouting at each other. So, who better to assemble a guide to Britain itself with all its glories, quirks and multiple words for bread rolls? This book is not only a guide for outsiders; it is an invaluable reference manual for Britons themselves, like a mirror held up to our very souls. Join us then, as we travel from A-Z cataloguing and making moderately flippant remarks about every aspect of life and living in the best country in the world after New Zealand, Denmark, probably Canada and some bits of France. Although in this case, a mirror that has been dropped and then run over by a small lorry but don't worry, some bits of it still just about work.

Other books by Richard Porter

And On That Bombshell Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR

And On That Bombshell Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR

Author: Richard Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

I was Top Gear's script editor for 13 years and all 22 series. I basically used to check spelling and think of stupid gags about The Stig. I also got to hang around with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It didn't feel like something you should get paid for. From the disastrous pilot show of 2002 to the sudden and unexpected ending in 2015, working on Top Gear was quite a rollercoaster ride. We crossed continents, we made space ships, we bobbed across the world's busiest shipping lane in a pick-up truck. We also got chased by an angry mob, repeatedly sparked fury in newspapers, and almost killed one of our presenters. I realised that I had quite a few stories to tell from behind the scenes on the show. I remembered whose daft idea it was to get a dog. I recalled the willfully stupid way in which we decorated our horrible office. I had a sudden flashback to the time a Bolivian drug lord threatened to kill us. I decided I should write down some of these stories. So I have. I hope you like them. And now, a quote from James May: 'Richard Porter has asked me to write a quote for his new book about the ancient history of Top Gear. But this is a ridiculous request. How can one write a quote ? Surely, by definition, a quote must be extracted from a greater body of writing, for the purpose of illustrating or supporting a point in an unrelated work. I cannot write a quote any more than I could film an out-take . 'Porter, like Athens, has lost his marbles.'

Top Gear: Planet Garage Stuff to do in a world of your own

Top Gear: Planet Garage Stuff to do in a world of your own

Author: Richard Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Building your own hovervan or brewing your own beer? Get down to the garage. Looking to store several step ladders or conceal a secret collection of owls? The garage is the place. Maybe you just want to whistle, drum or shout 'Ow my thumb!' without being told to shut up. The garage is waiting. This book celebrates the garage and all that happens in it. Even the fires.

Power in the Blood Interrelating Philosophy, Faith, and Science

Power in the Blood Interrelating Philosophy, Faith, and Science

Author: Richard Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2014

Top Gear: How to Parachute into a Moving Car Vital Survival Tips for the Modern Man

Top Gear: How to Parachute into a Moving Car Vital Survival Tips for the Modern Man

Author: Richard Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2013

Life is full of complications. From buying petrol and driving on a motorway to using a microwave oven and becoming a Formula 1 driver, all men have suffered from the stresses and inconveniences of the modern world. Happily, this handy book will solve all of these problems by applying the unique brand of Top Gear logic to a range of everyday situatons, such as making a ham sandwich, designing a supercar, receiving directions and, of course, how to parachute into a moving car.

Birds of the Middle East Second Edition

Birds of the Middle East Second Edition

Author: Richard Porter, Simon Aspinall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2010

Birds of the Middle East is now the most field-ready and comprehensive guide to the fantastic birds of this region. This fully revised and updated second edition covers all species--including vagrants--found in the Arabian Peninsula (including Socotra), Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Cyprus. It features 176 superb color plates depicting more than 800 species, as well as 820 color distribution maps that show the breeding range for almost every species. In this upgraded edition, maps and detailed species accounts are now located opposite the plates, making this stunningly illustrated field guide easier to use than ever. * The most comprehensive field guide to the birds of the Middle East * Covers more than 800 species--including 100 not covered in the first edition * Features 176 color plates depicting all species * Includes detailed species accounts and 820 color distribution maps * Text and maps now located opposite the color plates

Birds of the Middle East

Birds of the Middle East

Author: Richard Porter, Simon Aspinall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2010

This is a completely revised second edition of the bestselling field guide to the birds of the Middle East, covering Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, the Arabian peninsula and Socotra. For the first time, the text and maps appear opposite the plates, and as a consequence there are fewer species per plate than before. The text and maps have been fully revised and many new artworks have been painted by the three illustrators. There are more than 100 new species in this new edition, which features more than 820 species in total. This is an essential field guide for anyone visiting the Middle East.

Power in the Blood Biology as Key to Joining Philosophy, Faith and Science

Power in the Blood Biology as Key to Joining Philosophy, Faith and Science

Author: Richard Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2010

Crap Cars

Crap Cars

Author: Richard Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2004

From the Austin Allegro to the Renault Safrane, and from the MGB to the Volkswagen Beetle, this book brings together 50 of the worst cars ever to grace the roads of Britain. The book features everything from the aesthetically pathetic to the mechanically misguided and includes tales of the most bizarre and appalling cock-ups in motoring history. With full-colour photos to illustrate each entry, this chronicle of classically Crap Cars will transport you back to the beige and brown world of the seventies and eighties and your very own Morris Marina.

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