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On the Road Growing Up in Eight Journeys by Richard Hammond
  

On the Road Growing Up in Eight Journeys

Biography / Autobiography   Travel   
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From passenger in his Dad’s car, the first bike, the first motorbike and car and then the delivery van, a first job delivering furniture, each journey recalls a chapter in Richard Hammond’s life, a clever way of recalling his early life in vivid snapshots of journeys undertaken - progressing from passenger to driver and from boy to man.

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On the Road Growing Up in Eight Journeys by Richard Hammond

ON THE ROAD: MY LIFE IN EIGHT JOURNEYS is a new way of autobiography, in which TOP GEAR presenter Richard Hammond tells the story of his early life through a series of significant driving episodes. He's a child in the back seat of Dad's car on the way to the seaside in Weston-Super-Mare. He's on his first bike, a red one, in Solihull; then on his first motorcycle, a Honda MTX50. He's at the wheel of his first car (and in the book with his first girlfriend). He is driving a furniture delivery van as part of his first job in and around Ripon. Now he is showing off with a friend, risking everything. ON THE ROAD is an emotional road map in which each chapter has its own registration number, and its own distinctive interior. Most importantly, each chapter sets off and arrives. ON THE ROAD surges on to its destination, reversing or moving quickly through the gears, reliving the central episodes and conflicts of Richard's life. Every chapter is a stage in a longer journey. Although there are precious few road-rage monologues against four-wheel drivers and men in vests in white vans, Richard Hammond's readers will quickly recognise the funny self-deprecating and balanced ease that has made him one of Britain's best-loved writers and television presenters.

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On the Road is a sweet, affectionate and easy-to-read memoir, not just for those interested in cars but for anyone interested in families, growing up, and in the gentle memories of a life well-lived. * LEICESTER MERCURY * A sweet, funny, affectionate and easy-to-read memoir, not just for those interested in cars, but for anyone interested in families, growing up, and a life well-lived. * DORSET ECHO * A sweet, funny, affectionate and easy-to-read memoir, not just for those interested in cars, but for anyone interested in families, growing up, and a life well-lived. * BLACKPOOL GAZETTE * Top Gear presenter tells his life story through a series of significant driving episodes, from being on the back seat of his dad's car, to riding a bike, to being at the wheel of his first car. -- Fanny Blake * WOMAN AND HOME * On the Road is a sweet, affectionate and easy-to-read memoir, not just for those interested in cars but for anyone interested in families, growing up, and in the gentle memories of a life well-lived. * LEICESTER MERCURY * A sweet, funny, affectionate and easy-to-read memoir, not just for those interested in cars, but for anyone interested in families, growing up, and a life well-lived. * BLACKPOOL GAZETTE * Top Gear presenter tells his life story through a series of significant driving episodes, from being on the back seat of his dad's car, to riding a bike, to being at the wheel of his first car. -- Fanny Blake * WOMAN & HOME *


About the Author

Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting Top Gear over the last 4 years with Jeremy Clarkson; he also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1, Should I Worry About...? on BBC 1 and Time Commanders on BBC 2. His Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show was shown every weekday on ITV1 during January and February 2006, and he is a team captain on the BBC2 quiz show, Petrolheads. He writes a weekly column in The Daily Mirror. His crash whilst filming for Top Gear in September 2006 made him a household name.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th November 2013

Author

Richard Hammond

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www.thehamsterscage.co.uk/

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Travel

Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Television
Road & motor vehicles: general interest

ISBN

9780297869436

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