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Grease Junkie: A Book of Moving Parts Hardcover – August 1, 2019
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Always enjoyed watching Edd fix cars since I fix cars for a hobby. He always explained things well.
I stopped watching "Wheeler, Dealer" after the first 'Edd-less' episode. Never particularly liked Mike Brewer and the new guy doesn't explain anything. Edd made that show.
I was curious what happened. The nasty politics behind that bad decision is explained in the book but it doesn't dwell on it. Edd felt it needed to be explained and he took one chapter to do so.
The rest of the book is about what makes him tick, his upbringing, projects, etc. A good read.
Can relate to pretty much everything I've read so far. I grew up the same way as Edd, enjoy the same things, etc. Not sure whether I'd make the world's fastest couch but probably only because I don't have the project space.
If you're a gear head and like reading, I highly recommend it.
I have watched every episode of Wheeler Dealers with Mike and Edd but not the new version. What I liked most about Edd was that he explained everything he was doing and why. I have been working on cars, machinery, electronics and lots more since I was a kid but still learned a lot from Edd. Especially about what makes not to buy because the parts were outrageously expensive. I really hope he gets a new show.
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Surprise number one... there’d been a price drop since I ordered it and this was passed on!
Surprise number two... I wasn’t sure how I’d manage a real book having read about 200 books on a Kindle... I couldn’t put the book down.
Edd’s writing style is “conversational” it’s as if he was chatting to you. He’s a real miss on WD but seems to be keeping himself busy.. I just hope he finds the time to write another book in the future... I will certainly preorder it if it comes to fruition.
My favourite chapters turned out to be completely un-TV related. His adventures with his first car, a yellow VW Beetle and his description of boarding school and his various scrapes there were funny and gripping.
When it comes to the TV stuff, Edd is somewhat coy about his working relationship with Mike Brewer. There are clues that all was not always well (Mike supposedly stepping on his head to escape the floundering Amphicar and there's a mildly cruel description of Mike's breeze block-like swimming profile), but if you picked this book up to answer the question posed by their sometimes testy on-screen banter, you're in for a disappointment.
The other mild let-down was Edd deciding to keep the 'magic' of TV to himself, thus while he admits that most of the 'how are you getting on Edd?' segments were filmed back-to-back while cars were parallel processed, he doesn't fess up about how the cars were sourced (frequent online requests for cars to do up, rather than Mike necessarily 'scouring the inkies') or sold (often to production crew, mates and people posing as buyers). A shame as so much of the book adopts an everyman persona you can really identify with, so you'd think he'd pass on the things he must know we'd find fascinating about the world he found himself in.
These minor complaints aside, I tore through this book and loved almost every page of it (ok the stuff on the London to Brighton car as well as the abandoned Peking to Paris farrago outstayed its welcome). A great read.
All in all, a great effort Edd, and a fun read for his fans. Recommended.
It puts another view on why Edd left Wheeler Dealers. Edd is all about interesting detail, explaining what he is doing and why. He has brain that works and obviously enjoys passing on his knowledge. It was inevitable there was going to be a clash with the new production company. This new management lot obviously have no idea whatsoever as to why Wheeler Dealers was so popular. They seemed to imagine that it was on the same level as some of those terrible brain dead game shows. Perhaps they should have stayed with the junk TV market.
The book is good.
I'm a couple of days into reading the book now. It's absolutely brilliant, it really is an autobiography and I cannot believe the things Ed has done. This is one book that you should have in your collection!
the whole "find solutions" who's is quite amazing.
edd ... thanks for sharing :-)
I made it half way through the book but then ended up skipping pages so I could just get it finished.