Death Drive by Stephen Bayley is one of the Books of the Year by The Times

Gerard DeGroot

Gerard DeGroot

Death Drive: There are no accidents is about remarkable people, remarkable cars and remarkable circumstances.

Cars have a talismanic quality. No other manufactured object has the same allure. When this perverse promise ends in catastrophe, these talismanic qualities acquire a far more disturbing dimension.

The car crash is a defining phenomenon of popular culture. Death Drive assesses the impact of the automobile on the modern imagination and an analysis of twenty celebrity car crashes, including ISADORA DUNCAN, JAMES DEAN, PRINCESS GRACE, ALBERT CAMUS and JACKSON POLLOCK.