Maurice Hamilton is an award-winning motorsport journalist and broadcaster, who has worked at the Guardian, the Independent and, now, the Observer. He is the F1 summariser for BBC Radio Five Live and has written more than 25 books on the subject, having attended more than 500 Grands Prix in his career.
'By the end of this thoroughly gripping biography, what is
abundantly clear is that statistics tell only half the story...
This was a man who was forged in fire... Some of the most
engrossing passages in this book, big on anecdote and
reportage, have nothing to do with Lauda's racing career.
Hamilton...reveals a man who is far more riveting and intelligent
than his ability to pilot an F1 car very swiftly around a circuit
may suggest. This biography is a fitting tribute to him.' --
Justin Marozzi * Sunday Times *
'Hamilton's book is the one we'd recommend. As great as To Hell and Back remains, the new biography adds greater detail from other perspectives... Autobiographies are not necessarily the definitive word on a subject. Hamilton adds a nice personal touch... His use of less familiar period interviews adds vivid colour... What really makes this new biography compelling are the chapters after 1985... It was Niki Lauda's humanity that was his true driving characteristic, and that's the running thread that pulls his authoriative book together.' -- Damien Smith * Motor Sport *
'Petrolheads will enjoy Hamilton's expert analysis of car construction...for the rest of us, there is more than enough to savour in Lauda's singular character, especially his amusing bluntness' -- Matt Dickinson * The Times *
'A comprehensive and enlightening biography' -- Damien O'Meara * RTE *
'A compelling character study' -- Nick Greenslade * Sunday Times, Sport Books of the Year *