Book Review: That Near-Death Thing, by Rick Broadbent

That Near-Death Thing, by Rick Broadbent, £16.99

Tester: Phil West

What’s good? The most compelling book about the TT I’ve yet come across. Written by Times sports writer Rick Broadbent, it paints a vivid picture of the highs and lows of the 2011 TT through the first-hand accounts of Guy Martin, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and Michael Dunlop. Broadbent’s success is three-fold: honey-smooth prose, enough knowledge to avoid any cock-ups and prolonged, determined attachment to Cummins and co – for example documenting the Manxman’s recovery from his crash at the Verandah.

What’s not? It’s not really a criticism, but this is an in-depth journey with just four men in just one year, so be warned. But that’s its beauty too.


Rating: 4

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