British TV presenter RICHARD HAMMOND has denied he has signed a book deal detailing his horror jet crash injury earlier this year (SEP06). Publisher Weidenfeld + Nicolson recently announced it had secured a book deal of the TOP GEAR presenter's life. However, Hammond's agent says, "They may well think they are the publishers, but they are so off the mark. They are winging it, announcing they're won the rights to scare off opposition. "They even hadn't the chance to bid yet - Richard needs time to recover." Hammond was filming a stunt for the popular British motoring programme Top Gear when his dragster careered off the track leaving him with severe head trauma.