The World According to Clarkson

The World According to Clarkson

by Jeremy Clarkson


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Jeremy Clarkson shares his opinions on just about everything in The World According to Clarkson. Jeremy Clarkson has seen rather more of the world than most. He has, as they say, been around a bit. And as a result, he's got one or two things to tell us about how it all works; and being Jeremy Clarkson he's not about to voice them quietly, humbly, and without great dollops of humor. In The World According to Clarkson, he reveals why it is that too much science is bad for our health, 1970s rock music is nothing to be ashamed of, hunting foxes while drunk and wearing night-sights is neither big nor clever, we must work harder to get rid of cricket, and that he likes the Germans (well, sometimes). With a strong dose of common sense that is rarely, if ever, found inside the M25, Clarkson hilariously attacks the pompous, the ridiculous, the absurd, and the downright idiotic, while also celebrating the eccentric, the clever, and the sheer bloody brilliant. Less a manifesto for living and more a road map to modern life, The World According to Clarkson is the funniest book you'll read this year. Don't leave home without it. The World According to Clarkson is a hilarious collection of Jeremy's Sunday Times columns and the first in his The World According to Clarkson series which also includes And Another Thing; For Crying Out Loud! and How Hard Can It Be?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141017891
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 539,320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Clarkson made his name presenting a poky motoring program on BBC2 called Top Gear. He left to forge a career in other directions before ending up back on Top Gear again.

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Another Day’s Holiday? Please, Give Me a Break
According to a poll, the vast majority of people questionedas they struggled back to work last week thoughtthat England should have followed Scotland’s lead andmade Tuesday a bank holiday.Two things strike me as odd here. First, that anyonecould be bothered to undertake such research and,second, that anyone in their right mind could think thatthe Christmas break was in some way too short.I took ten days off and by 11 o’clock on the first morningI had drunk fourteen cups of coffee, read all thenewspapers and the Guardian and then . . . and then what? By lunchtime I was so bored that I decided to hang afew pictures. So I found a hammer, and later a man cameto replaster the bits of wall I had demolished. Then Itried to fix the electric gates, which work only whenthere’s an omega in the month. So I went down thedrive with a spanner, and later another man came to putthem back together again.I was just about to start on the Aga, which had brokendown on Christmas Eve, as they do, when my wife tookme on one side by my earlobe and explained that buildersdo not, on the whole, spend their spare time writing, sowriters should not build on their days off. It’s expensiveand it can be dangerous, she said. She’s right. We have these lights in the dining roomwhich are supposed to project stars onto the table below.It has never really bothered me that the light seeps outof the sides so the stars are invisible; but when you arebored, this is exactly the sort of thing that gets on yournerves.So I bought some gaffer tape and suddenly my life hada purpose. There was something to do.Mercifully, Christmas intervened before I could doany more damage, but then it went away again and oncemore I found myself staring at the day through the wrongend of a pair of binoculars. Each morning, bed and theblessed relief of unconsciousness seemed so far away.I wore a groove in the kitchen floor with endless tripsto the fridge, hoping against hope that I had somehowmissed a plateful of cold sausages on the previous 4,000excursions. Then, for no obvious reason, I decided tobuy a footstool.I took the entire family to the sort of gifty-wifty shopwhere the smell of pot-pourri is so pungent that it makesyou go cross-eyed. Even though the children were lyingon the floor gagging, I still spent hours deliberatelychoosing a footstool that was too small and the wrongcolour so that I could waste some more time taking itback.The next day, still gently redolent of Delia Smith’sknicker drawer, I decided to buy the wrong sort ofantique filing cabinet. But after the footstool debacle mywife said no. So it seemed appropriate that I shoulddevelop some kind of illness. This is a good idea whenyou are at a loose end because everything, up to andincluding herpes, is better than being bored.

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The World According to Clarkson 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
stomps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely hilarious collection of Jeremy Clarkson's Sunday Times articles from circa 2001-2003. While some do get slightly repetitive (generally, they are just him ranting on about a random topic), I was in stitches reading most of it.
birdy47 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this while I eat breakfast. I love his attitude.
Heptonj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At last! Someone has put into print what everyone's thinking and daren't say out loud. Carry on Mr Clarkson
shiunji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You will find yourself shaking your head, sometimes nodding, but more often laughing like a hyena no matter whether you agree or disagree with his points because of the way Jeremy puts his point across. Here he tackles news highlights, day to day life - from random aspects of parenting to travelling in Europe & goodness knows what inbetween. Completely biased, utterly British, & sometimes even insightful!
elliepotten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a collection of humorous newspaper columns from 'The Sunday Times', there really isn't that much to say in terms of a review. What I CAN say is that this book is very, very good. Clarkson has a brilliant wit and a no-nonsense approach to life that mix effortlessly in his columns, never failing to make me smile. That's why I have all three of the World According to Clarkson books, and why ol' Jeremy has joined the likes of Bill Bryson and Nick Hornby on my list of fall-back favourites for when I'm tired or just need a bit of cheering up.Covering subjects as diverse as travelling in Europe and Christmas office parties, pub food and modern music, there isn't one column here that made me stop and think, "well, that was a dud week." Not only that, but there are some great pieces on Clarkson's pet subject - transport - that are more accessible than some of his other work for a novice like me. For example, there are a couple of marvellous musings on the Concorde, filled with an affection and reverence that shine through in his writing.All in all, a brilliant collection - my copy is looking rather tattered now, which is always a good sign - and I'm looking forward to picking up Volume 2 (And Another Thing...) next time I need another pick-me-up!
Wallflower90 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a collection of Jeremy Clarksons Column. It's funny. But you have to actually like Jezza to like it. If you've even watched Top Gear once, it helps, loads. Because you can actually hear/picture him saying these things.Spontanious outbursts, witty thoughts, whining about basically anything and just pure Jeremy-humor. What's not to like really?
mjmorrison1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well its not great literature, and given the age of the pieces (2001-03) they are ageing a bit. Some of it gives a good laugh but over all the book is at best a light read that you can easily pick up and put down.
Pferdina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 8 years after the columns by Jeremy Clarkson had been originally published, and that detracted a bit from my comprehension. I didn't recognize many of the people he wrote about, and my memory of the current events of 2003 was also fuzzy. In addition, he's writing for a British audience, which I am not. So some of the columns were interesting, and some were funny, but many were just cranky and/or incomprehensible.
uryjm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of his writings for the Sunday Times, this was an amusing antidote to ¿Leadership¿. If Clarkson was to write a book on his thoughts on leadership, it wouldn¿t stretch to more than two paragraphs before slagging off all the poofs who currently don¿t lead. A moaning faced bastard, but funny with it, Clarkson just sums up the thoughts of the majority of middle aged, middle class blokes in Britain today.
Clurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A selection of Clarkson's editorials from around 2002. Interestingly eclectic subject matter written with Clarkson's trademark humour. Rather enjoyable.
Gez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeremy at his best, what a great read. Everyone should read it it'll make you laugh, cry and wince!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uneven, not what I expected. Clever with words but not much about cars.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
This is the first audiobook I have listen to in forever because I'm just not an audiobook person. But I wanted something to listen to at work when I got bored with listening to music, and what to listen to at Volvo? Of course The World According to Clarkson. This has taken me a while to listen to, probably a couple of months since I listen to the audiobook sporadically. The great thing is that every chapter in this book is around 6-7 minutes long and since it's a collection of Jeremy's Sunday Times columns is every chapter about a different subject so it wasn't a story I was following so it was no problem listen to some chapters now and then. I liked the narrator voice, but I wished it has been Jeremy Clarkson himself that had been the narrator. That would have been more fun to listen to!