The Phenomenal Sunday Times Number-One Best Seller.
"It was the start of the third lap of the 2010 Senior TT, the last race of the fortnight. The last chance to get a TT win for another year, and I was pushing hard. Ballagarey. The kind of corner that makes me continue road racing. A proper man’s corner. You go through the right-hander at something like 170 miles per hour, leant right over, eyes fixed as far down the road as I can see. But this time something happened. This time the front end tucked...."
Guy Martin, international road-racing legend, maverick star of the Isle of Man TT, truck mechanic, and TV presenter lives on the edge, addicted to speed, thoroughly exhilarated by danger.
In this book we’ll get inside his head as he stares death in the face and risks his life in search of the next high.
We’ll discover what it feels like to survive a 170 mile per hour fireball at the TT in 2010 and come back to do it all again. He’ll sweep us up in a gritty sort of glory as he slogs it out for a place on the podium, but we’ll also see him struggle with the flipside of fame. We’ll meet his friends and foes, his family, his teammates and bosses, and we’ll discover what motivates him and where his strengths and weaknesses lie.
For the first time, here is the full story in Guy’s own words, from the boy who learned to prep bikes with his dad to the spirited team mechanic paying his way by collecting beer glasses in pubs to the young racer at the start of his first race and the buzz he’s been chasing ever since.
This thrilling autobiography is an intense and dramatic ride.
©2014 Guy Martin (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks
I just enjoyed this book because Guy Martin is an above average rider that didnt get all caught up in the rockstar attitude and sponsership driven interviews that we always see. He says it like it is, doesnt want fame and is a delight to listen to. By speaking like an average joe, the fans love watching him do anything. He has gotten famous because he doesnt crave it. Sort of ironic.
This guy is the Rocky Balboa of motorcycle racing! He just doesn't quit! This book is an absolute must read and he will blow your nuts off! Or if your girl… Well I don't know you figure it out... Read it anyway.
I would recommend this book to anyone who: has seen Guy on TV; has seen Guy race; has seen anyone race the TT (or any other real road races; has any interest in bikes/motorbikes and the complex personalities that make up their riders and racers...
This book surprised me, honest and blunt but a fascinating insight into the life of a TT racer and a lot more beside. Guy Martin is the sort of bloke you'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with.
I'd listen to this in my one our morning 10 mike bike ride. One Sunday I was enjoying the book so much I went around again for another 10 miles just so I could carry on listening.
"great book! Why not Guy Martin Narration?"
Just wish Guy Martin had narrated it.
His childhood is very interesting to me
The way he said certain words like riders names and MPH would not be how Guy would say them and pull me out of the story.
Great book about a top bloke who just happens to ride motorcycles, present TV shows and fix the odd truck for a living!
"Proper bloke , proper biography"
Fantastic book about a proper bloke , none of the usual vain or tragic back story BS autobiography here. Genuine and funny listen.
"Book was Mega!"
Really enjoyed this book, as a motorcycle fan and Guy Martin fan it's not hard to be entertained. Lots of funny stories and more detail tab on tv. Mega book, a real good crack haha
"Great Read or Listen"
I would say its in my top ten for this years listens so far, exhilarating, shocking & thoroughly entertaining in equal measure
It’s got all the thrills and spills I would want & expect from a book on Guy Martin’s life.
I would have preferred Guy to have narrated the book but Dean does a fair job
no, its all good proper stuff
He’s a cross between Fred Dibnah and Barry Sheene, a thrilling ride through Guy’s life to date, a hugely enjoyable memoir
"C u next tuesday"
This is a very unique book about a very unique guy....called.....Guy. I was laughing out loud at loads of places in this book. Very honest, very direct in the way he describes people and situations, but that is refreshing. He does seem more at home with machines than people, but he definitely appreciates genuine no bull people.
Loved speed and closer to the edge, and wanted to find out more. Was not disappointed!!
The way he describes a lap around a street circuit in such a detailed way of the mechanics of a bike and how what he is thinking as it reacts to the speed and road, despite never having rode a motorbike I felt I got a little of how it must be.
Top notch insight into all he has done and why he does it. He does things PROPER.
I've never stopped what I'm doing and made so many bookmark notes before. Like ' He had a champagne mouth, but lemonade pockets', and many others that I can't mention here.
great listen although I wish the narrator would say miles per hour instead of mph, other than that minor quirk great book,blokes a legend
Better than most. Brings it to life when you watch footage of these races. Well read and fascinating character who doesn't go with the flow
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