Or Is That Just MeOr Is That Just Me?, by Richard Hammond
Paperback, © 2009 Phoenix, ISBN 9780297855927

The latest in Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond’s memoir series, Or Is That Just Me? looks back at another eventful year experienced by the short bloke off one of TV’s biggest programmes, which sees him faced with his scariest challenge yet: confronting his 40th birthday…

Now I’ll make a confession that I’m still some way off achieving this particular milestone (or millstone, depending on your perspective!) myself, but I was interested to read what turned out to be a largely funny and self-deprecating look at how he tackles this latest event in his life.

This isn’t going to be the emotional rollercoaster of On The Edge (the book recounting the lead up to, and recovery from, his life-threatening accident, reviewed here), but it contains plenty of good stories and anecdotes from the other side of the Top Gear camera.

Mostly, this is a chronicle of someone trying to age gracefully (or disgracefully) into their fifth decade, and it is filled to the brim with the angst-ridden thoughts of someone doing so.

There are plenty of enjoyable anecdotes and recollections in this book and – although he is occasionally likely to ramble – this is an easy and pleasurable read overall.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Or Is That Just Me?

Chequered_flag (3.5)


Or Is That Just Me? is available via major book resellers. Our review copy was provided by Hachette Australia.

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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.