I Know You Got Soul – Clarkson

5 Jul

Started – 26/6/12

Finished 27/6/12

Format – Paperback Book


Synopsis – It will come as no surprise to anyone that Jeremy Clarkson loves machines.But it’s not just any old bucket of bolts, cogs and bearings that puts that rings his bell. In fact, he’s scoured the length and and breadth of the land, plunged into oceans and taken to the skies in search of those rare machines with that elusive certain something. And along the way he’s discovered:

 * The safest place to be in the event of nuclear war

* Who would win if Superman, James Bond and The Terminator had a fight

* The stupidest person he’s ever met

* What an old Cornish institution called Arthur has to do with 0898 chat lines

* And how Jean Claude Van Damme might get eaten by a lion …

In I Know You Got Soul, Jeremy Clarkson tells the stories of the geniuses, innovators and crackpots who put the ghost in the machine. From Brunel’s SS Great Britain to the Spitfire and from the woeful – but inspiring – Graf Zeppelin to Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, they were built by people who love them – and we can’t help but love them in return.

My Thoughts – I really enjoy watching the TV show Topgear, and the author, Jeremy Clarkson is a presenter on that show. He is very funny, and at times controversial but all in all i really enjoy watching him. I’ve had this book on my shelf since 2010, when i borrowed it from my mum and have only now got around to reading it.

In this book Clarkson talks about his favourite machines of all time. Planes, cars, boats, space crafts and all others are covered in this book. I found it really fascinating to read about some of these machines as i didnt really know all that much information about them. Clarkson goes into detail about their history and also his general opinions on them. I didnt know, for example that he was on the last ever flight of the plane Concorde.

I also liked the pictures that accompanied the text. They were in three sections so you did have to keep referring back and forth, but it was nice to have some visuals to go with the text. A couple of the photos were iconic, like the photo of the Concorde on fire before it crashed.

basically the idea of this book was Clarkson was talking about the machines that he thinks have soul, hence the title. The only little downside to this book is that its just his opinions and obviously some people might think differently to him. However, the book was as funny and as witty as he comes across on screen. I could even imagine him saying the words as i was reading them.

My favourite part of the book was when he spoke about the Spitfire. I really enjoyed this part as i am quite obsessed with the spitfire and it was nice to read about its history.

This is a very good book for all the Clarkson fans, and all those that have interests in all types of machinery.

Rating – 3.5/5


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