On the Edge: My Story

On the Edge: My Story

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by Richard Hammond
     
 

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From the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle to his increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of gas, this is the high-octane life of TV personality Richard Hammond. A lively and intelligent communicator, TV soon beckoned for Hammond. He became one of the daredevil trio—along with Jeremy Clarkson and James May—who have made an

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From the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle to his increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of gas, this is the high-octane life of TV personality Richard Hammond. A lively and intelligent communicator, TV soon beckoned for Hammond. He became one of the daredevil trio—along with Jeremy Clarkson and James May—who have made an enormous, world-wide success of the revamped BBC TV program Top Gear. Hammond describes the personalities, the camaraderie, and the stunts with which the trio entertains their weekly audiences, including the day of his 300 MPH crash that took his show off the air, put him into a coma, and plunged a nation into mourning. The stages of recovery as his shattered mind reformed are covered, as are the milestones in his slow recovery to full health and his return to Top Gear.

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"Stuffed with his unique wit on just about everything to do with motoring."  —Ladsmag, on Richard Hammond's Car Confidential

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753823309
Publisher:
Phoenix
Publication date:
05/29/2008
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hammond is the author of Can You Feel The Force? and Richard Hammond's Car Confidential. 

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On the Edge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a great lover of Top Gear, I knew about Richard Hammond's accident and I was quite interested in reading about what had happened. I was surprised at what an emotional and touching book this was. It is written by both Richard and his wife Mindy, and details what they both went through before, during and after the crash and I found myself as a wife and mother, sympathizing with their struggle and admiring their strength. I cried through a lot of it, and was touched by what a wonderful couple they are and how they dealt with such a tragedy. A great read, very gripping and well written.
World_Traveler13 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, detailing the troubles popular TV host (from BBC America's Top Gear) encountered when his jet-propelled car crashed. It describes his past as an adrenaline seeking young boy, his love of cars that led him to audition for one of the hosts of Britain's most popular car show, trouble with memory loss and muscle-use after the wreck, his return to the world of television, and life with his family after his close brush with death. Really, an excellent book.
marisfelis More than 1 year ago
I'm a Top Gear fan, that's why I bought the book and why I wanted to know more about the guys. This is well written, interesting and above all a constant reminder that while they do have the best job in the whole world, it is at a great personal risk.
Konohage More than 1 year ago
An excellent, inspiring read! I recommend this to any Top Gear fan, or to anyone interested in reading about a truly lovely man and his family, as they rally together to face a life-changing trauma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When reading, not only do you get a great love story and a message full of hope through a difficult struggle, but also a personal connection to Richard and Mindy that makes you want to run up to them and give the a huge hug for being so strong! I found it very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its was really good book that will make laugh and cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book!! My husband and I have recently become fans of Top Gear. Richard is our favorite host. It was actually his story that had us first tuning in. Once I found out about his books I could not order them fast enough. Once I started the book I was riveted. I finished the book in less than two days. Hearing the story told from Richard's perspective and then to hear it from his wife, Mindy, just made the story more compelling and the book flowed well. Several times during the book I found myself holding my breath. By the end I was crying. Even though we see him on TV acting fine, I hope that is truly how he feels and pray that he and his family are enjoying life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is great for anyone to read. Hammonds direct way of recalling the terrible accident that led up to his very trying recovery and how is wife stood by his side is so moving and, believe it or not, quite funny. He doesnt hold back any punches, telling it just like it is. It has me laughing and crying each time i read it, and it has been a few times.
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