On The Road: Growing up in Eight Journeys, by Richard Hammond
Paperback, © 2013 W&N / Hachette, ISBN 9780297869443

On The Road: Growing up in Eight Journeys, by Richard Hammond The latest book from Top Gear co-presenter Richard Hammond has hit the shelves this month.

It’s the fourth memoir penned by ‘The Hamster’, and this one takes him back to recounting eight of the most significant road journeys he has ever taken.

It’s a very interesting way to look back on how your past events have shaped who you are today, and Hammond’s approach works well here.

Each chapter captures a specific moment in what is ultimately a bigger and longer journey, or stage, in his life so far. He’s on his first bicycle, he’s a childhood passenger in his Dad’s car, he’s at the wheel of his first car (with his first girlfriend in tow), he’s behind the wheel of that drag racer just seconds before its tyre explodes…

These are all rites of passage that many of us can relate to. how do we confront reflections of happiness, risk-taking, conflict, joy or tragedy?

Hammond’s journeys – while unique to him – are something that we can all relate to. As the old saying goes, ‘It’s not the destination, but the journey getting there’.

As has been the case with his other very successful memoir titles – particularly his groundbreaking On The Edge – there’s a terrific ease and humour in Hammond’s writing that makes On The Road a very good read.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award On The Road: Growing up in Eight Journeys…


On The Road: Growing up in Eight Journeys is available for purchase at major book resellers (RRP AU$29.99). Our review copy was kindly supplied to us 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.