Now, in theory, I wouldn't expect to enjoy a book by an author such as Jeremy Clarkson. He is loud, obnoxious, intolerant and, perhaps most importantly, he is digital where I am analog (translated: he sees everything in black and white whereas I generally look for the grey in between). But he does have one redeeming feature that outweighs all these disadvantages: he is incredibly, incredibly funny. It is not for nothing that Top Gear is one of the most popular television shows in the world and has been for many years.
I was asked on Christmas morning whether I had ever read this book before and I quite confidently answered in the negative. But once I started reading it I began to wonder whether that was true. Many of the articles seemed familiar but the more I looked at the cover, the more I was sure I'd never read it. The answer, of course, is that the book is a collection of Clarkson's columns in the Sunday Times, in particular those from 2004 and 2005. And in 2004 I was an avid reader of the Sunday Times, buying it every week and enjoying many parts of it - including Clarkson's column. By half way through the book, we had reached 2005 and, by then, we were back in New Zealand without access to the Sunday Times so the articles were new to me.
And that is probably the best way to read Clarkson - one article a week. Each article has some sort of personal anecdote, an issue that we can all relate to, an over the top response to that issue and generally, leaves you wondering why Clarkson is not Prime Minister as he obviously has more clue than the current one (actual incumbent will depend on when and where you read this). It also leaves you chuckling, remembering it with affection for an hour or two, all the while realising that it is deliberately larger than life. If you read one a week, this works well. If you try to read an entire book in a week or so then it can get a bit grating. My advice: get the book anyway but don't read it all at once.