Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher remain two of the most-written about figures in Formula 1, and it’s little surprise that many F1 fans’ bookshelves simply swell with books about these two giant protagonists of the sport.
The late Christopher Hilton – a renowned F1 journalist who wrote several Senna books – has put together this very interactive biography on the three-time World Champion, which was published ahead of the fifteenth anniversary of his death.
This is a biography with a difference. The Senna family has opened its archives, sharing more than 200 never-before-published photographs and treasured ephemera to form a focal point around which relatives and friends talk about what he was really like.
It’s the pockets of memorabilia that make this particular book – which now fetches close to seven times above its original £30 retail price – so interesting, and the entire package is beautifully presented, and the reproduction of the mementoes is very high quality.
The items and text interweave with Hilton’s own narrative, and this combines to create an intimate – although not hugely insightful – portrait of the man and his career.
The glut of Senna books on the marketplace (many of which are penned by Hilton) means that it’s hard, at times, not to feel like another book or documentary is simply raking over the same old ground. Nonetheless, this is still a new approach to a well-known and popular topic.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Ayrton Senna: Memories and Mementoes from a Life Lived at Full Speed …
OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5.
Ayrton Senna: Memories and Mementoes from a Life Lived at Full Speed is available at specialist bookstores and at Amazon.
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