Is It Really Too Much To Ask?, by Jeremy Clarkson
Paperback, © 2013 Penguin, ISBN 9780718178680

Is It Really Too Much To Ask? by Jeremy ClarksonAre we capable of seeing reason?

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson turns the ignition once again and sets off in his neverending quest to blaze a trail through all the silliness the world has to offer. When the blind insist on leading the blind, we’re lucky to have Clarkson doing the driving on a laugh-out-loud read of what’s brilliant and what’s plain stupid in today’s world – as only he can tell it.

Written in his usual pithy and provocative style, this is Clarkson at his best, taking issue with whatever is the latest nonsense to disrupt his search for brilliance.

In the fifth published collection of his columns written in the Sunday Times, Clarkson takes aim at the everyday and the unusual encounters we all face, tackling the all-important topics of why losing a game has its advantages over winning; the challenges of pet ownership; the hassles of getting a planning application through your local council.

He also regales us with stories of his futile attempts to quit smoking on a submarine, the hazards of European skiing holidays, and even tries to determine the cause for Whitney Houston’s unfortunate death in the bathtub…

Of course, there are plenty of motoring stories to whet the appetite too, and if you’ve enjoyed his previous books in his The World According to Clarkson series, then this will again be right up your street.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Is It Really Too Much To Ask?


Is It Really Too Much To Ask? is available for purchase at major book resellers (RRP AU$29.99). Our review copy was kindly supplied to us by Penguin Books Australia.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.