Book Title: On The Edge My Story.
Author: Richard Hammond.
Blurb: ‘I thought of Mindy, the kids, the dogs and our house. And I thought of that sodding crash and the pain it had coursed’.
Richard Hammond was an adrenalin junkie long before joining Top Gear. From the small boy showing off his bicycle stunts to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed, he then worked in local radio before graduating to television. It was while filming for Top Gear, driving a jet-powered dragster leaving him hovering near death with a serious brain injury.
On the Edge is a compelling account of his life before and after the accident. His wife Mindy tells of the anxious hours and days of watching and waiting until he finally emerged from the coma. She and Richard then piece together the stages of his recovery as his shattered mind slowly reformed, culminating in Richards return home and his triumphant reappearance in front of the cameras.
Review: I love to read autobiographies and Richard Hammond is a person I like and admire on the telly, or as he says in his own words ‘just a man on a car show.’
I was interested to hear about his crash and his recovery. I really enjoyed reading Mindy’s side of events, she really tells a good story. It was fascinating to hear about what was going on in Richards mind during and after the coma. I felt for his family but could see how strong and united they were. Also the love, loyalty and friendship between James, Jeremy and Richard also shines through the pages. Despite losing these three on Top Gear this year, I am so glad they have stuck together and their new show is going to be a great success.
I am going to be looking for some more books by Richard Hammond to read after this one!
This is a must read for all Richard Hammond fans!
Link: Richard Hammond on Amazon.
Would love to hear any of your recommendations for any other autobiography’s I should read.