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A lightly fictionalised account of the loves and losses of Britain's first World Motor Racing Champion.

MIKE HAWTHORN, BRITAIN’S FIRST WORLD MOTOR RACING CHAMPION, was internationally famous by the time of his death. The dashing young Englishman had just won an epic battle for the title against Stirling Moss in a classic last race duel; similar to that between James Hunt and Nicki Lauda in 1976, and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2014.

However, back in the 1950s, Formula 1 was a quasi-amateur sport, in which prizes were modest, the risk of death unimaginably high and where there was scant reporting of the drivers’ off-track activities.

Mike’s penchant for fast driving was matched by an appetite for pretty girls, beer, aeroplanes and practical jokes – all of which got him into a great many scrapes. What usually got him out was his charm.

In this re-telling of Mike’s story, 'Too Fast A Life' endeavours to paint an unbiased picture of a troubled young man, focusing more on feelings than feeler-gauges, and uniquely questions whether his life could have ended differently.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3915 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781323194
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (12 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SZ0UO3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

All the facts, anecdotes and opinions woven into a single story

 on 28 February 2016
By Dr. G. Austin
Some will hate the introduction of a fictional character to meld the bare facts into a narrative but I think it works well. There are many disparate sources and anecdotes about Mike (and I’ve read all the other books I know of). This factionalisation does make for a readable story but you have to keep in the back of your mind that the narrator is fictional. A well worth while addition to the Mike Hawthorn bibliography in my opinion.

A fascinating concept for a biography.

 on 4 November 2015
By Alan. J. Reynolds
A fascinating concept for a biography, to write an account through the recollections of a fictionalised character. Here we are presented with a detailed account of the last four years of Mike Hawthorns life through the eyes of his now aged ‘best friend’ Tom McBride. It is an excellent fresh approach to the life of Britain’s first Formula One World Champion, who had retired and died within months of denying the 1958 championship to Stirling Moss. It depicts a world of ex.public school and ex.grammar school boys in their twenties who are all ‘old chaps’ and ‘old boys’ forever downing pints in the local pub while occasionally expressing the thought that they are ‘keen’ on some ‘frightfully’ good-looking ‘gal’. This is not a world Lewis Hamilton would recognise. It is like stepping into a time machine and visiting a land long gone. Despite the enjoyment this book gave me, Martin Shepherd and his narrator ‘Tom McBride’ didn’t displace Stirling Moss as my fondly remembered childhood hero.

Interesting take on a well known life

 on 1 September 2015
By Snowy
A well written and engaging book that is difficult to put down. I am not sure how much embellishment the author has put in, and in some ways it would be nice to know. Having read both of Hawthorn’s (ghosted) books years ago and also “Mon ami mate” I guess some licence was needed to make it a readable story. It was certainly that so I’d say well done.

A Champion Read

 on 2 February 2016
By David Leigh
I was still quite young when Mike Hawthorn was killed but I knew who he was.

Excelkent book

 on 11 February 2018
By Kevin Robinson
Very good book telling the story of Mike Hawthorne in a novel format. A story of the days when motor racing was very dangerous and the racers were extremely tough and brave guys.

Enjoyed every moment

 on 19 December 2015
By Amazon Customer
A terrific read for anyone interested in racing from the ‘Goodwood Revival’ era. It brings back to life all those heroic drivers of the golden age of grand prix and sports car racing. And explains why Stirling Moss remains one of the finest Englishmen alive.

Page turning.

 on 10 October 2016
By mike hayden
This is what a life story should be.

Great read about a real character.

 on 11 November 2017
By Paul J
A great read and a very interesting insight into the life of a real character. Any motor sport fan will love it.

Golden Boy

 on 5 June 2015
By F
Very well written with great attention to detail. A warts and all representation of a charming but flawed character.

Five Stars

 on 15 November 2017
By Spikepix
A wonderful book, so good, I’ve read it twice.
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