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Summary

The voice of motor racing - and the man responsible for introducing millions of viewers to the previously inaccessible world of Formula 1 - tells the story of his incident-packed life.

Murray Walker is an institution. When the man who made famous the catchphrase 'Unless I'm very much mistaken... I AM very much mistaken!!!' announced that he was retiring as ITV's Grand Prix commentator at the end of the 2001 season, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars.

His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box - and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race.

In fact he's a throwback to another age who managed to survive and indeed prosper from the revolutions in motor racing. Murray writes about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father's achievements on the track, he made a successful career for himself in advertising which catapulted him to the top of his profession.

An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was manna from heaven for Walker, and it wasn't long before the infamous 'Murrayisms' enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics. He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last 50 years, in particular the safety issues which came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers make for fascinating listening.

©2002 Murray Walker (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wonderful to hear Murray's voice again

This is a great listen, having grown up with Murray as the voice of F1, it was awesome to hear the great man himself tell me about his early life, WWII exploits and life before the legendary commentary job took firm hold. Jumps about a little but this is endearing just like listening to his race coverage. Recommended thoroughly.

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A must for any F1 fan

I loved every second of it! But it is abridged! Loved the joy captured in his voice wonderful

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Great stories and a sad loss to motorsports

Murray was the voice of motorsports for my whole life. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, his commentaries were as exciting, often more exciting, as the racing itself.

Being read by the great man himself, the tales bring back wonderful memories of the heroes of past and present.

An excellent listen, RIP Murray Walker OBE 🙏🏻

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Living his life as a commentator

A good insight and a loud read. I thought there would be more revealing information about the sports characters. It sold me on my already high opinion of Mr F1

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A great guy

What a character.An entertainment tale of his life and work and his time with F1

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Loved it

Great book, love that it is read by Murray himself, great insight into his life and that of a broadcasting legend

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brilliant read

one of those books that you cant stop listening too. great stories and reflections

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sensational

The book in front of the one behind is going to be second. Fantastic .bloody funny well done
MW . RIP

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Great hearing Murray reading this to me.

Great hearing Murray Walker actually reading this to me. A joy to hear and totally recommended.

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A nice book read by Murray himself

What a life, some funny anecdotes, delves into some of Murray's earlier life experiences which was really interesting, notably motorbikes and wartime assignments

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  • 14-03-21

Just heard that Murray has passed away

...so had to go back and listen to this. Very enjoyable. Legend in F1 from the days when I first watched and listened. Nothing really surprising in this book, but a good reminder of what he meant to motor racing and what motor racing meant to him. RIP Murray.