Here are the ten most popular F1 books on Amazon last month. Find out which ones you should buy, and which ones you should avoid…
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1. Winning is not Enough: The Autobiography (Jackie Stewart, 2007)
Jackie Stewart’s autobiography is a first class read about a man who gave much more to the sport than just his incredible talent. The added extra DVD makes the cover price especially good value. (Also, does anyone else think there should now be a biography of Nigel Mansell called “Whining is not Enough”?)
2. It is what it is: The Autobiography (David Coulthard, 2008 paperback edition)
It’s perhaps a bit early for Coulthard to be putting out an autobiography, but it’s much better than the Hamilton one…
3. Lewis Hamilton: My Story (Lewis Hamilton, 2008 paperback edition)
4. ITV Sport Grand Prix Guide (Bruce Jones, 2008)
5. Classic Motorsport Routes (AA Illustrated Reference Books) (Richard Meaden, 2007)
Fancy taking a tour of the great old venues of F1’s heritage? You’ll want to take this cracking, well-illustrated book with you.
6. Brands Hatch: The Definitive History of Britain’s Best-loved Motor Racing Circuit (Chas Parker, 2008)
A thorough history of the circuit with lots of photography and plenty of interest for F1 fans even though the sport hasn’t been there since 1986.
7. The Top 100 Formula One Drivers of All Time (Alan Henry, 2008)
A bit of an awkward read at times but if you treat it as a ‘Who’s Who’ of some of the best Grand Prix drivers you should enjoy it.
8. Lewis Hamilton: My Story (Lewis Hamilton, 2007)
Listen, everyone, you’ve got to stop buying this book. For your own sake.
9. Jim Clark: A Photographic Portrait (Quentin Spurring, 2008)
I’m delighted to see this gripping book still selling so well. A lot of research has clearly gone into assembling the story of Willy Grover and Robert Benoist, Grand Prix drivers and secret service agents. Buy it and take it on holiday with you.
What else are F1 Fanatic readers buying?
As well as the books above Richard Williams’ “The Last Road Race” about the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix and the comprehensive statistical survey “Analysing Formula 1: Innovative insights into winners and winning in Grand Prix racing since 1950” are among the most popular.
How is this list compiled?
This list is based on Amazon’s motor racing books sales chart which I then filter to select titles relevant to F1 fans.