Car Fever: The Car Bore’s Essential Companion, by James May 
Paperback, © 2009 Hodder Paperbacks, ISBN 9780340994559

Car Fever Car Fever contains a collection of Top Gear presenter James May’s best newspaper columns he has written over the years, and it offers motoring enthusiasts – and in fairness, even those not inclined to like cars as much – with a genuinely entertaining read.

The collection of over 70 columns offers the reader his opinions on everything from car design and function (obviously!) to French wine and everything in between. May is extremely clever, and his turn of phrase can be both hilarious and subtly critical at the same time.

In all, there is plenty of observation about the amusing little obstacles and occurrences in everyday living. He is often pilloried by Top Gear’s co-hosts for being too long-winded and obsessed with the finer details of everything, and he plays to that persona in his writing.

He can be as strongly opinionated as both Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson, but unlike the latter, his style doesn’t court controversy or offence perhaps quite as readily as Clarkson’s, which is not to say that he can’t be decidedly un-PC at times.

This would be a very good gift for anyone who is a fan of Top Gear, and it rightly deserves its place alongside titles written by Clarkson and Hammond.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.