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May on Motors

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Paperback, 282 pages
Published 2006 by Virgin Books
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Liam
Sep 05, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series of articles by James May. His dry humour, entertaining writing style and overall 'Britishness' made each one pleasurable. Some were obviously better than others, but there wasn't one that I disliked and so I managed to read this in only 3 days - whilst on holiday in Majorca.

NB: I'm ashamed to say that as it was so amusing, it derailed my inevitable romance with the pretty girl doing the entertainment - our relationship being reduced to a few lingering looks; now just
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Nick Nillo
Mar 31, 2008 Nick Nillo rated it liked it
I will always argue that James May is by far the best commentator on on Top Gear no matter who keeps calling him Captain Slow. I really enjoyed his book even though it can get pretentious and preachy at times. If you're a fan of the man you'll really like his book. If you find him too boring, stick to Jezza. (If you're not a Top Gear fan, don't be surprised if you don't understand me)
Sharon
Jun 27, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it
These are a collection of May's columns from the Telegraph in one handy book form. Unlike Clarkson's World According book they are all car or bike related but even to a very non-petrol head they are still very amusing, covering everything from mad French drivers to his dislike of Motorways. Anyone who drives and goes on road trips through to those that like nothing better than to tinker around in the garage for hours will enjoy this read. May is knowledgeable and witty and can talk about a subje ...more
Kristina
Jan 12, 2016 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-gear
I admit I may be slightly biased, but I still reckon this is a great book. It covers a wide range of topics and, if you're a fan of Top Gear, you'll recognize his opinion on each of them. Navigation (on land and by air), american hard gums, pies, the French, the countryside... to name but a few. You can't help but pick it up... even if you've already read it twice.
Phil
Jan 04, 2014 Phil rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: Quite simply the ideal bathroom reader for any car enthusiast who appreciates witty British humour (note the British spelling of that particular word); like any compilation there are duds and there are home runs, but the bottom line is that it is consistently entertaining, enjoyable, and at times laugh-out-loud funny.
Olivia Friary
This is so weird. I scanned the barcode for a giant picture book called Nature's Show Offs. It was illustrated by John Francis, courtesy of Bernard Thornton Artists. Instead Goodreads came up with this book about cars. I really need to find another copy of this book - my chihuahua peed on our copy.
Sam
Apr 03, 2010 Sam rated it liked it
I enjoyed May on Motors. It's simply a collection of his articles, but having the book format made it handy to pick up and read an article or two at a time, which I feel is a nice, leisurely way of reading fun books. His style is very personable and accessible, though occasionally grumpy.
Becca
Feb 10, 2009 Becca rated it really liked it
Out of the three Top Gear presenters, I enjoy James May's writing the most. This book may just be a collection of columns he's written, and they all relate in some way to cars, but I enjoy it regardless.
Paddy Willard
Apr 07, 2011 Paddy Willard rated it liked it
A collection of May's musings for various mags and papers. Some good, some OK but altogether more measured than a Clarkson rant.
Gregory Gay
Jun 25, 2012 Gregory Gay rated it liked it
James May's oldest essay book is probably his weakest, but still a good collection of hilarious musings on cars and tech. Good stuff!
Den
Sep 06, 2011 Den rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Some of the articles caught my attention whilst others didn't (usually those about cars!!!!!!).
Perfect for a book to pick up and read a section quickly whilst waiting for the kettle to boil etc.
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James May is a British television presenter and award-winning journalist.

May is best known as co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. He also writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph's motoring section. On Top Gear, his nickname is "Captain Slow", owing to his 'careful' driving style. He has, however, carried out some exceptionally high-
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