- Author Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson writes a weekly column in a certain newspaper. In it, he covers all sorts of topics, from places he’s been, cars he’s driven, people he’s met and the state of the world in general. This book is a collection of some of the best columns from the past few years. Some of my favourite columns include one about people that go to meet the queen and are prone to stealing things, although they would like to call it keeping a souvenir.
There’s also another quite moving column about the last flight of Concorde. Jeremy is a big fan of the mean machine and its last fight was perhaps quite emotional for him. I’ve never really thought about Concorde before but the way he has written about it stirred up some emotions from me - and that’s hard to do.
Jeremy is writing about his own life and the things that he comes across within it. He talks very honestly and openly about himself, I think he doesn’t really care what people think of him. He’s very strongly opinionated and has a very “I’m right and you’re wrong” attitude, but somehow, although it comes across as arrogant, it doesn’t come across as hostile. This is a very clever and ultimately quite endearing quality that he has managed to develop. There are a few mentions of his children and his wife, and some of the various people he has bumped in to, and there are a lot of indirect mentions of Tony Blair, who Clarkson lovingly refers to as His Tonyness.
I’ve only seen Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, and he doesn’t really come across as the most articulate man, although the scripts are obviously very well written and the programme is incredibly funny. Turns out that he’s actually a proper journalist and writes really, really well. The columns are all very well structured, with an obvious beginning, then perhaps a bit of a tangent, and then a clear ending that satisfies the question raised at the start. And the sentences are often funny, with humourous similies and metaphors that are almost genius in their concoction.