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Last chance for collectors to buy the JA on F1 2009 season review
Last chance for collectors to buy the JA on F1 2009 season review
Posted By: James Allen  |  22 Feb 2010   |  7:41 pm GMT  |  32 comments

The new season is almost upon us and I wanted to say thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of my review of the 2009 season, “A Revolutionary Year”.

For those who haven’t seen it, it is the story of the season through the eyes of selected blog entries, month by month. It’s fascinating to look back on a season and see how the stories developed. There are reports on every race, looking behind the scenes at why they happened as they did. The stunning photos are all by Darren Heath.

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The response among F1 insiders and readers alike has been very positive and I have taken note of the many readers’ suggestions for improving it for the 2010 edition, which will come out at the end of this season, in November.

I will be adding some of the best reader comments this year and there will be a bigger percentage of writing looking back at the year’s happenings and putting events in context, with the benefit of hindsight.

As last year, the 10 readers who are most active in the comments section during the year will each receive a free copy – but that doesn’t mean carte blanche to spam the comments – we will be monitoring.

There are only a small number of books left now in the warehouse, so anybody wanting to get this limited print run first edition should pick one up now before they sell out. The books are all signed and from a collectable point of view, it’s worth remembering that they have a Brawn car on the cover, a team which only existed for one season, so it will be a cool collectible in the future.

If you haven’t already got one, click on the book icon on the right of the page and fill out the fulfilment page.

Review by Andrew Benson, BBC Sport Online
“Allen’s blog, written in a casual, approachable style, is one of the best ones out there, so it’s no surprise to find that he is a reliable guide to the season.

“He’s informed and insightful, bang on the money on some things, less so on a handful of others. But then, as I know only too well, that’s one of the occupational hazards of trying to report the news in a world as Byzantine as F1.

“..It is surprisingly fun to take your time looking back through the year and re-trace all the key developments as they happened.”

Some reader reviews

“Really enjoying it – it is great to see that you managed to look through the crystal ball on many occasions throughout the year. ” (Andy E)

“I did wonder if I would want to re-read much of the web that I have already surfed… but I have not put this down and it has made a few train journeys go quickly. It provided background the reasons behind some of the ‘strange’ decisions made last year. The mix of the race day reviews and the politics is an enticing read.” (Seisteve)

“What I like in this format is how everything gets equal emphasis over the year. It seems in most annual reviews things tend to be skewed towards the business end of a season.” (Aaron James)

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It’s hard to find well-informed people for this topic, but you seem like you know what

you’re talking about! Thanks


Hi. I’ve been considering buying this for a while (had the Jenson Button – My Championship Year to read at Christmas) and look forward to re-living a very special year. My only comment so far is that I thought JA’s signature was a little disappointing. Could not tell what it was and looked like it could have been any old scrawl. Sorry, JA, I understand that you probably had hundreds to sign, but would have thought that buying a signed copy meant that you could at least tell who had signed it.


I’m afraid my writing is a bit messy. Will try harder next time


Hi James!

I’ve been a regular visitor to your site for over a year now. I think it’s one of the better F1 blogs out there! I’ve always found your posts to be very insightful and easy to read.

That’s why when I saw your book on Michael Schumacher, ‘The Edge of Greatness’ on the shelf of my local bookstore, I bought it without batting an eyelash! It would be an understatement to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

I ordered your latest book a couple of days back (at triple the price, thanks to the shipping fee! not that I mind though. haha!), and I’ve been waiting eagerly for its arrival. However, I checked my CPI account a few minutes ago and it doesn’t say whether the book has been dispatched yet. Is that normal? I can’t wait much longer to read it!


Thanks. Best give them a call.


Dear James, many thanks for your great book! It is a great read and beautiful archive of everything happened the previous season. Very funny to re-read the birth of F1’s budget-cap (and involved politics), mainly make it more easy to introduce the ‘new age’ F1-teams. And how this all settles down during the start of this 2010 season.

Keep up the good work and your great comment during races on BBC! (the BBC broadcast of F1 beats the Dutch commercial ‘F1 n00bgameshow’ by far)

Regards from The Netherlands


Hi James,

Have you got any of the rare unsigned copies left? 😉

It’s a great book, a terrific read and lovely way to put a year of F1 on the shelf.

I loved it and hope another one comes along this year!


Very few.. glad you enjoyed it. Thanks


I stumbled upon your book by accident and found it was an informative and enjoyable read. Your website is now the first place I come to catch up on F1 news and views. Can’t wait for 2010’s book to be published! Many thanks James.


I just received my copy yesterday, a very enjoyable read, I recommend it highly. I bought the book from Ebay as I was not aware I could buy it from this site, sorry James! Next year I’ll get it direct from you.


I bought the book to support this site as I have read every day since the start. I wasn’t expecting to be that interested in re-reading last years stories – but to my suprise – it was fascinating and compelling.

I hope there will be a larger hard back edition from next year – especially if there are more of darren heath’s excellent photographs.

Thanks James.


Thanks for that and for your support with the site


I had to pay more in freight than in the book itself for it to make it through the ocean to Brazil, where I live. But that was totally whorty!

My suggestion for next year would be more photos.


Noted. Thanks


“There are only a small number of books left now in the warehouse”

James thats not the same warehouse USF1 are using is it?


Just ordered my copy and now can’t wait to read it! 🙂


Was disappointed with the signature in the copy I ordered. Seemed like a half-hearted squiggle, can’t make it out as ‘James Allen’ at all. Must have been the last one at the end of a long signing session lol!


This is a great book. I recommend it to all f1 fans.

Mike from Medellin, Colombia

James, just a thought for the 2010 book.

It would be great to have your driver and team rankings for the year at the end of the book.


Great idea. Thanks

Mike from Medellin, Colombia

For those that haven’t already done so….I highly recommend buying this book.

Apart from it being an excellent read, I also bought this book to show my appreciation for a site that I visit at least 15 times per day!!

James’s posts are formed as a result of interaction with true F1 fans. When I sit down and read through last year’s stories I smile as I remember the friendly banter and debate on this forum over each of the key issues.

2010 should be just as interesting!


Fantastic book to own, it’s part of my collection dating back to the early 90’s

which reminds me, I was looking through some of my collection and came across some newspaper I bought the day after Ayrton Sennas death. Very moving!


Got one already James!

An idea: instead of giving one away to the reader who posts the most comments, which I think will encourage lots of ‘hear hear’ comments, why not award one for the best comment of the year instead? Just a thought.

I’m very glad to hear the warehouse is emptying; this blog has completely changed my F1 surfing habits and has become my number 1 source for F1 news and analysis.


Hear hear!

Seriously though, I do agree; James’ column was the only bit worth reading on ITV-F1, now this is the first site I come to when I go online; it’s just refreshing to have some info and insight behind the stories that the other sites seem to cut and paste from each other


Excellent book, just as it happened!



on a completely different subject why do teams have just one car at the testing? Is it part of the rules (resource restriction)? Or have teams only got one car available, still in the process of building car 2? Surely it would be advantageous to have two cars running on the track so as to gain as much information as possible?

How easy is it to see how many entries each blogger has made. Could you do a top 100 for last year. I don’t think I saw the list of the top 10. There are definitely different people blogging now compared to a year ago. I don’t think I have seen an entry from Mr Werewolf or Knoxposition (can’t remember how you exactly spell the name) for ages although RPACO still seems to be very active.


I think the one car thing is done to costs – I’m pretty sure it’s been like that for quite some time now


Done to costs? Down…


Lucky enough to get a copy for my birthday, a lot of interesting insights.


Well, you’ve twisted my arm and I’ve ordered a copy – regarding the comment on spamming the boards, any chance the “Rules of the blog” section could be updated to give an idea of how much is considered too much, as I seem to be getting blocked if I post more than a couple of replies in quick succession and keep having to use different email addresses.



It is an excellent read. Even looking back at some of the content in there now, it is hard to believe it is only a year (or less) since those occurances.

Already looking forward to the 2010 edition, which I’m sure shall raise the bar futher. Congrats!


I have to say it’s a brilliant read. It’s amazing how things happened through the season. I would have bought it, but James sent me a copy. I’ll be buying the next one if I don’t win another one then!

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