On the Edge: My Story

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On the Edge is a compelling account of Richard Hammond's life before and after the high-speed crash that so nearly killed him and a brutally honest description of his year of recovery, full of drama and incident.

He tells the story of his life as an adrenalin junkie, from the small boy on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed. After jobs in local radio and television he graduated to Top Gear, one of the world's most popular TV shows. His ...

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Overview

On the Edge is a compelling account of Richard Hammond's life before and after the high-speed crash that so nearly killed him and a brutally honest description of his year of recovery, full of drama and incident.

He tells the story of his life as an adrenalin junkie, from the small boy on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed. After jobs in local radio and television he graduated to Top Gear, one of the world's most popular TV shows. His insights into the personalities, the camaraderie and, of course, the stunts for which Top Gear has become famous, make compulsive reading.

It was whilst filming for Top Gear, driving a jet-powered dragster at speeds over 300mph, that a tyre burst and the car left the track and rolled over, burying him in the earth. He was airlifted to hospital and his wife Mindy tells the story of the anxious hours and days of watching and waiting until he finally emerged from his coma. She and Richard then piece together the stages of his recovery as his shattered mind slowly reformed. The final chapter recounts his return home, and his triumphant reappearance in front of the cameras.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753824047
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 368,644
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (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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Table of Contents


Preparing for the North Pole     1
The Early Years of an Adrenalin Junkie     5
From Local Radio to Top Gear     20
What a Job!     43
The Jet Car - Just Another Day at the Office     55
20 September 2006     66
Mindy's Story     97
Leeds General Infirmary     119
He is Not Going to Die     128
Hello, Darling     139
A Waiting Game     182
The Move to Bristol     205
Did You Know Swans Mate for Life?     213
Escape to Scotland     249
The Cottage in the Highlands     269
Going Home     294
Afterword     301
Acknowledgements     307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Excellent book. Very touching.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Richard Hammond's 'On The Edge'

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    A wonderful book by an interesting man

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

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    An excellent, inspiring read! I recommend this to any Top Gear f

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    When reading, not only do you get a great love story and a messa

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Its was really good book that will make laugh and cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Awesome and inspirational

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    truely tuching story

    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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