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And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson: v. 2 - Jeremy Clarkson
Advantages: An honest, frank look at the world through Clarkson's eyes
Disadvantages: If you don't like him, you'll hate this
He is most loved for his role as part of the trio on Top Gear but Jeremy Clarkson seems to be everywhere these days. Whether it be on DVD's or newspaper columns or even the 24 hour Top Gear channel that is UKTVG2. So when I spotted his latest book, The World According To Clarkson Vol 2 reduced from £18.99 to a fiver I had to buy it. I've read a couple of his other books recently and if I'm honest I'm very surprised by how much stuff I agree with him on. I'd enjoyed the first volume of this series over Christmas and was sure before starting it that I would enjoy this one too.
Like the first book, Vol 2 is a similar collection of his articles from the Sunday times, this time from January 2004 to December 2005. Of course the book does reflect some events from that period but by and large it focuses on his life and things he is doing at the times. The focus of the articles ranges from how impossible it is to buy a jacket in Britain while it's actually cold to how he should perhaps be a little nicer about David Beckham.
Of course in typical Clarkson manor the style of the articles are quite dry, with a brief sprinkling of humour laced throughout. While I was reading it I actually found that it was almost like watching an episode of Top Gear, with his style of writing and presenting being quite close together. Unlike the first book though I didn't feel the need to be constantly reading this one, but that's more down to a change in my personal circumstances. But regardless of this I found that picking up the book and dipping into it every now and again worked just as well as reading one article straight after another.
The articles all flow in date order and cover about 3 and a half pages each, which does make this book ideal for reading whilst doing other things. I found with the first book that if I'd perhaps been a Sunday Times reader I wouldn't have enjoyed the book so much, mainly because I felt I would have read them before. This book however has changed my mind on this and I actually feel that regardless of whether I'd read them before they would still hold the charm and humour as if I was reading them for the first time.
Over the course of the book there are a couple of subjects that seemed to come up quite often, environmentalists and Health and Safety for the most part but he puts enough of a new angle on these points that it doesn't feel like your reading the same thing again. It was one of the only downsides to the first book and it seems that the approach to editing this one and the choice of articles has perhaps taken that on board. Other than that I really couldn't find any downsides to the book, well unless you don't like Jeremy of course, that would be a major one.
Overall this is quite an entertaining book. It's important to bear in mind that all of Clarkson mannerisms and attitude goes into every article. It is a bit like watching him on Top Gear in so much as you could actually imagine him presenting a political show or something similar with his views. I think from a personal point of view I enjoyed it so much because I agreed with a lot of what he's saying. Well that and I seem to be becoming Clarkson. I would certainly recommend to anyone who likes him or Top Gear but if you don't then I seriously recommend giving this a wide birth.
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Summary: Clarkson returns with more of his views
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