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As You Do: Adventures with Evel, Oliver, and the Vice-President of Botswana - Richard Hammond

Orion, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “As one third of the BBC’s Top Gear team, Richard Hammond’s year has been full of stunts and perils. He spends the early part of the year learning how to ski cross-country and handle a dog-sled preparing for a race to the North Pole, which he loses. But why is Richard out in the howling elements whilst the other members of the team — the alpha-male Jeremy Clarkson and the affably eccentric James May — are in the heated cab of an all-terrain vehicle?

It is Richard who gets the worst car as the team battles through the saltpans of Botswana. Typically, he gives the car a name — Oliver — and falls in love with it, spending far too much money bringing it home. Converting a camper-van in an attempt to cross the Channel is a predictable disaster and he has to be rescued from the sea. A brief stop-over at home coincides with the great floods. He is forced to abandon his car seventeen miles from home and run all night to get back in time, as promised, for his daughter’s birthday party. A surreal interlude sees him in pursuit of his eccentric hero, Evel Knievel, in Butte, Montana, where he is roundly snubbed.

With his keen eye for the irreverent, and a boundless optimism in the face of almost certain failure, Richard’s experiences are never less than hilarious. He has become one of our funniest writers about a life (and a job) which constantly present a challenge.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 266 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.