A World Champion’s Story
Among the rash of Jenson Button books to follow on from his spectacular 2009 World Championship win comes this effort from respected Grand Prix journalist Alan Henry.
Given the author’s vast knowledge and experience of Formula 1, there is obviously a lot to enjoy and inform here. We start at the beginning, from Button’s childhood days in karting, through his rapid rise to F1 and up to a somewhat abrupt finish at the climax of last year’s world title campaign. Along the way you get a real sense of the roller-coaster ride that has been Button’s F1 career, with insights from the man himself, his closest allies and the author. Button’s career statistics are included at the back of the book, which is suitably (or ironically) printed in Brawn GP colours.
The only downside is the definite feeling that the publishing process was somewhat rushed in order to get the book into the shops before Christmas. Some more careful editing would have omitted a few text errors and done full justice to Henry’s efforts. But overall, and considering the price, this is a good account of Button’s career thus far for both fans new to the sport and those more in the know. GB
Published by Haynes, ISBN 978 1 84425 936 6, £19.99