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#301 RTH

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:03

Extraordinary how many of us own this less than satisfactory tome.

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#302 Vitesse2

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 12:54

I haven't read it myself, but some of the reader reviews on Amazon suggest that we may have a new contender for this title in the shape of The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen by Kari Hotakainen. The translation to English comes in for particular criticism!



#303 john aston

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 13:16

The Didier Pironi biog will not be in the running for the Nobel prize . Unless there's a new prize for cringingly awful hagiographies .  

 

But ..it IS worth reading .



#304 Allan Lupton

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 14:22

'History of Formula One' by an unknown author called Ben Hunt.

My review still stands uncensored with another as damning
Price is still £7.49 at Amazon and still £0.01 elsewhere

The resurfacing of this thread 9 years since I posted the above allows me to make the same general comment.
My review still stands uncensored with another as damning
There are a couple of five-star revues which may be well-meaning family members.
Price is now £0.01 at Amazon and still £0.01 elsewhere
A former member of TNF hopes to get £8 plus p/p for one.

#305 Tim Murray

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 14:43

The Didier Pironi biog will not be in the running for the Nobel prize . Unless there's a new prize for cringingly awful hagiographies .

But ..it IS worth reading .

Which one, John?

Didier: Dreams and Nightmares by Lorie Coffey and Jan Möller

or

Pironi: The Champion That Never Was by David Sedgwick

#306 john aston

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 15:33

Sorry-the latter .



#307 proviz

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 17:17

I haven't read it myself, but some of the reader reviews on Amazon suggest that we may have a new contender for this title in the shape of The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen by Kari Hotakainen. The translation to English comes in for particular criticism!

Can't speak for the English translation, haven't read it. But the original in Finnish is in fact a very good book, not about F1, but about a personality competing therein. As a literary talent Kari Hotakainen is among the best of his generation. Way above anything you'd expect from most of F1-themed writers. He has said himself that he still doesn't understand F1, but that really was not the purpose of the issue. What he did dig into was... well, why Kimi is the way he is. And portraying that he succeeds better than anyone else I can think of. And this I'm saying as a not-Kimi-fan.



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Posted 03 April 2019 - 17:39

I haven't read it myself, but some of the reader reviews on Amazon suggest that we may have a new contender for this title in the shape of The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen by Kari Hotakainen. The translation to English comes in for particular criticism!

 

 

I received the same book as a present this last Christmas. I never put it on the bookshelf but took it down to our village library (ex telephone box) before new year's day. It is still there (along with the latest Private Eye annual which a relative still insists on giving me every year)!



#309 Sterzo

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 21:15

A commendable resurrection of a dead thread. I've just read it from the beginning.

 

Slightly disappointed that no-one has mentioned "Flying on the Ground" by Elizabeth Hayward. It's the complete story of Emerson Fittipaldi's career - until 1973. A tome of turgid nothingness. A friend once bought it for £2, on the basis the paper alone would be worth more than that. He was dismayed to find the printed words had spoilt the paper.



#310 Gary C

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 22:09

....I feel I know the name Elizabeth Hayward. ..

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 23:10

A word of warning:  There's a new edition of Motor Racing's Strangest Races out. 

 

I was given it for Christmas but mercifully the relatives who gave it to me left the receipt in it (the voice of experience) so I was able to exchange it.



#312 Tim Murray

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 01:07

....I feel I know the name Elizabeth Hayward. ..

This old thread may ring a bell or two, Gary:

Whatever happened to Elizabeth Hayward?

#313 john aston

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 05:50

. What he did dig into was... well, why Kimi is the way he is.

Not a long book then ...

 

I have to confess that the enduring popularity of the monosyllabic Finn  eludes me . But it does seem a very long time since I saw Kimi win a winter series Formula Renault race 20miles away from where I'm typing this , at Croft



#314 Barry Boor

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:08

I guess I must be some sort of literary Phyllis Stein because I got the Kimi book for Christmas and I can't say that I find it at all bad.

I don't notice that the translation is poor (since I can't compare it - not being fluent in Finnish) and the way it's put together seems to move along through Kimi's life and career quite nicely.

Clearly, I am the last person you would ever want as a book reviewer.

My book collection is soon to be reduced drastically due to a severe change in circumstances!

#315 proviz

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 10:45

In interviews at the time of Kimi's book launch it was said that Kimi had first asked "is it going to be a Formula 1 book?" and he only agreed to co-operate when the author assured him it was not.



#316 Vitesse2

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 12:21

In interviews at the time of Kimi's book launch it was said that Kimi had first asked "is it going to be a Formula 1 book?" and he only agreed to co-operate when the author assured him it was not.

Which is probably part of the reason some readers of the English translation were a bit disappointed - it was neither fish nor fowl. But the publisher's blurb actually suggests it would be an F1 book:

 

'I loved it. I thought it was fascinating - really, really interesting story that he's got to tell... I've known him for years and I learned an awful lot.' Marc Priestley​

Kimi Räikkönen is the Finnish superstar Formula One driver with a reputation for being fast on the track and silent off it – until now!

 
In this superb and authorised portrait of Räikkönen, Kari Hotakainen gets to reveal the side of the man that few beyond his close family and friends have ever seen. Enigmatic and private, Ferrari’s former world champion driver rarely opens up to outsiders, but he granted Hotakainen exclusive access to his world and to his way of thinking. It ensures that this will be a book that will delight all fans of motorsport, who have long revered the Finn.
 
Including never-previously-seen photographs from his own collection, The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen takes the reader into the heart of the action at grands prix around the world, behind the scenes as race strategies are planned, and opens up the private side of his life that he normally guards so carefully.
 
With all the cult appeal of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the raw excitement of Formula One and the insight of the best biographies, this is a book every sports fan will want to treasure.

Perhaps some of you might appreciate What Would Kimi Räikkönen Do?: The Kimi Räikkönen Designer Notebook. As one of its reviewers notes, 'Kimi would probably say... "A nice notebook for writing down words...but not too many", while another points out that 'It's just as if you are talking to him.'  ;)



#317 Sterzo

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 16:53

....I feel I know the name Elizabeth Hayward. ..

...and it may be the excruciating boredom of the book was not entirely the fault of the author. Emerson Fittipaldi was an exciting driver on the track, but his interview answers always seemed void of content, for sure. Which is fair enough: we admire drivers for their driving, not their PR abilities.



#318 john winfield

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 20:31

Returning to Ronnie Mutch, here's the solitary Amazon review of his masterpiece, from reader 'Blue Brazil':

 

'How can a book be so bad?

 

This is worth buying just to experience how bad it is. Probably the worst racing book I've ever read, and I'm including Tom Rubython's abominations in that. How the author had such good access and yet produced such a piece of nonsense is beyond me.'

 

 

High praise indeed!



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Posted 04 April 2019 - 22:26

I wonder if that's kevthedrummer who used to post here?  He is/was a Cowdenbeath fan.



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Posted 05 April 2019 - 07:17

Bravo Ladies and Gentlemen...........this thread is the perfect illustration of what sets TNF apart from virtually ever other forum on the WWW....... witty and informed, it is a pleasure to read.....several posts have made me laugh out loud.......and yes I have a copy of Ronnie Mutch's epic tome in front of me as I scribble this post.....the late Brian Laban advised me to get a copy............it is as awful as he predicted, his warnings are echoed here........... once again thank you for making the day a little brighter.



#321 Vitesse2

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 07:46

...and it may be the excruciating boredom of the book was not entirely the fault of the author. Emerson Fittipaldi was an exciting driver on the track, but his interview answers always seemed void of content, for sure. Which is fair enough: we admire drivers for their driving, not their PR abilities.

I see what you did there ...