On The Edge - Richard Hammond; Mindy Hammond;Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper, some small dings to the top of the upper board. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “On September 20, 2006, he suffered a serious brain injury following a high-speed car crash. “On the Edge” is his compelling account of life before and after the accident and an honest description of his year of recovery, full of drama and incident. A daredevil and a petrolhead long before his association with Top Gear, Richard tells the story of his life as an adrenalin junkie, from the small boy showing off with ridiculous stunts on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. His insights into the personalities, the camaraderie and, of course, the stunts for which Top Gear has become famous make compulsive reading. It was whilst filming for Top Gear, driving a jet-powered dragster at speeds over 600 mph, that a tyre burst and the car left the track and rolled over, burying him in the earth. He was airlifted to hospital and hovered near death for several days. His wife Mindy tells the story of the anxious hours and days of watching and waiting until he finally emerged from his coma. In an extraordinarily powerful piece of writing, she and Richard then piece together the stages of his recovery as his shattered mind slowly reformed, leaving him sometimes lucid and plausible, sometimes confused and angry, and often exhausted. The final chapter recounts his return home and his triumphant reappearance in front of the cameras.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 309 pages.