James Hunt: The Biography, by Gerald Donaldson
Paperback, © 1995 Collins Willow, ISBN 9780002184939

James Hunt - The Biography Tomorrow will mark 18 years since James Hunt – Formula 1 World Champion of 1976 – dropped dead of a massive heart attack at the age of 45 at his home. Just a day before, he called the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix alongside Murray Walker for the BBC. His death shook the sporting establishment. The last of the true ‘playboy’ drivers was dead.

Hunt was a towering personality who simply commanded your attention. He was very much the epitome of glamour in Formula 1: dashingly handsome, articulate and blessed with an incredible talent behind the wheel. But it wasn’t always like that, as Gerald Donaldson’s biography – penned in the year following Hunt’s passing – will tell us…

Brilliantly researched, Donaldson’s biography tracks the life of this blonde giant as he forged a path to Formula 1. To many, Hunt seemed at odds with the rest of the world, and this gave fans a glimpse into the character of a man who was deeply unsettled, prone to decadence and despair in equal measures.

Donaldson’s book is a moving and compelling account of Hunt’s short but spectacular life, and he profiles one of the sport’s most colourful and controversial characters with great flair and truth. This provides a candid and sensitive portrayal and it is a great tribute to Hunt.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award James Hunt: The Biography


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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.