- Author Murray Walker
Being an F1 fan, it would be impossible not to want to read a book by the legendary commentator. I managed to get my hands on a copy and settled down with interest. Unfortunately, I found it quite slow going. Half the book is taken up with his previous life as an advertising executive, which is somewhat interesting. The rest is a whistle stop tour through his life as an F1 broadcaster.
The problem I had with the book is that there was so much information about what has clearly been an amazing and very busy life, that there was very little substance. The only part I felt had some real depth to it was about his commentating partner James Hunt, there were stories, and feelings, and it made for an interesting read.
The rest seemed very matter-of-fact, very factual in its descriptions but lacking the warmth and humanity that Murray always displays. I get the feeling he didn’t want to come across as boastful or make anyone jealous, but on the contrary - we are jealous but we want to read about the wonders, instead of being shielded from it.
Sadly, I didn’t really enjoy the book, and I would only recommend it to die-hard fans.