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Born to be Riled

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  979 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews

Born to be Riled is a collection of hilarious vintage journalism from Jeremy Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson, it has to said, sometimes finds the world a maddening place. And nowhere more so than from behind the wheel of a car, where you can see any number of people acting like lunatics while in control (or not) of a ton of metal.

In this collection of classic columns, first pu

Kindle Edition, 580 pages
Published (first published 1999)
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Jeremy Clarkson is a co-host of the car show Top Gear, so it's no surprise that this book is all about cars, roads, and driving. He has a great sense of humor and parts of it are funny, but all the car details just go right over my head.
Sourav Dutta
I've been a fan of Jeremy Clarkson since I saw my first episode of Top Gear some years back. I've read a few of his books since, and have absolutely loved every page. Born to be Riled is essentially a collection of Sunday newspaper articles written by Clarkson. Every single one of them is essentially the review of a car but they end up being so much more.
This book will earn you a few strange looks from those in the vicinity as you will undoubtedly break down into fits of giggling from time to t
Rupak Banerjee
Nov 18, 2013 Rupak Banerjee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a compilation of his weekly articles. This is before the era of the new BBC Top Gear. But that does not mean Clarkson is any less shrewd. He tears into manufacturers. But even more than that, his target falls on society and the British govt. Ideal for light reading and simply enjoying. No serious content. Enjoyed reading it thoroughly.
Ben Gillam
Jan 22, 2013 Ben Gillam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being quite an old book now this is another great example of Clarkson's controversial and as a result hilariously funny wit. Not for everyone I know and he has his enemies but if you are in any way a fan I think you'll enjoy this book. Missed out on 5 stars only because it felt a little bit long.
Alicia Mikolajczyk
Hilariously funny - for every motor fan - is a must lecture and for non-motorist - it's still great deal of humour:)
Jeremy has a talent for good story telling. Highly recommended. I literally LMAO :))
Nada  Abandah
I was expecting a good read, fun & informative or interesting! But actually, it was a bit boring, he talks about things from a prespective that makes you question why did you like a person with that dark and twisted psyche. Never finished it.
Nick Bond
Brilliantly written. One of the few books I've literally laughed out loud to. On the other hand, very dull when taken by itself; it's like cabbage- good for you though only to accompany other mains :)
Tom Elliott
Nov 18, 2013 Tom Elliott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the articles are dated by their focus on politicians, policies and issues of the era (mid-90s) but most is still interesting at the very least and the car stuff is pretty timeless. An excellent read.
Henri Moreaux
Started off good, few hearty laughs but became a little repetitious by the last quarter.

That's not to say it is poorly written, the articles on their own are good, but condensed together is when the problem arose.
Beverly Gardner
May 15, 2014 Beverly Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of his columns from The Sunday Times, and a wicked observation on just about everything. Love this mans critical eye and acerbic wit. Particularly the four stages of man;- Buying washing up bowls, Tuning the car radio to radio 2, The School Run, and finally, Gardening. How true.
God, I do love the wicked sense of humour that Clarkson serves every time he writes. No one else can make up the weirdest comparison in the universe and make it work!
Aug 19, 2014 Fi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 28, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography, z2010
Very amusing read. Great for while on holiday and had me giggling out loud at points.
B.B. Scott
Funny, but if you've read some of his other books, you might find it a little repetitive.
Janet Holmes ashman
I am a fan of JC but his books a bloody hard work :(
Lee Belbin
Nov 30, 2014 Lee Belbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Total over-the top-humour about cars and other things. I even agree with him on a fw points. Just a few! Coincidental I finished this on April Fool's Day!
Nov 13, 2011 Whisper19 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The only way someone can raise enough money to have a garage in London is by becoming a rent boy."
Jun 30, 2014 Shari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Funny in parts but gee he is a whinger.
Pavel Francev
Aug 07, 2012 Pavel Francev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clarkson is brilliant and so english.
May 28, 2010 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly Clarkson, as usual. Unfortunately, repeatedly reading about bus lanes is, I imagine, rather akin to sitting in heavy traffic looking at them. . .
Aug 04, 2012 Nabilah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent book but only people who like Top Gear should read it.
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Jan 12, 2016 Kristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-gear
These were all written before 'new' Top Gear started and it's interesting to see how his opinions may have changed over the years.
Oct 22, 2012 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inly found out book was published in about 2000 after I started reading t so the car reviews was woefully out of date
Elliot V
simmilar to the rest
Teisha Buick
not as funny as the world according to clarkson, but still rather amusing.
Emma Donohoe
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Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born April 11, 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring.

He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the BBC television programme Top Gear.

From a career as a local journalist in the north of England, he rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988.
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