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The Tripping Horse

The Tripping Horse [Kindle Edition]

Simon Wells
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26-year-old Ashley Marshall lives life through a sense of order. Working as an insurance clerk he finds plenty of opportunities to arrange his and other people's lives. However, despite strenuous efforts, his home life is far harder to regulate. Still living at home with his mother and itinerant brother David, he finds it impossible to regulate their unpredictable behaviour.

One Friday morning, Ashley's brother leaves home to spend a weekend at a rock festival. His failure to return spends his mother into an uncontrollable panic. Terrified of her declared intention to travel to the festival site, Ashley reluctantly agrees to try and locate his errant brother.

Outside of his comfort zone, Ashley enters into a myriad of new and terrifying experiences that tear at his narrow sensibilities and challenge his sense of being.

The Tripping Horse is an extraordinary odyssey into family dynamics, conflicting lifestyles and self- discovery.

Simon Wells is the author of seven books including “Butterfly On A Wheel” and the best-selling “Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast”. The Tripping Horse is his first novel.

About the Author

Simon Wells is the author of seven books including “Butterfly On A Wheel” and the best-selling “Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast”. The Tripping Horse is his first novel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Wholepoint Publications (26 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WVHYQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Wells has written on film and music for numerous magazines and newspapers including the Guardian; The Times and The Independent. He is a regular contributor to Record Collector, Hotdog, TV Zone, Watch, Total Film, and the Beatles' Book; the group's official magazine. In addition to his writing credits, Simon has researched numerous projects for the likes of the BBC, Channel Four and Virgin, as well as broadcasting live on LBC, ITN and BBC on film and music.

In 2001, Simon co-wrote "Your Face Here- British Cult Movies Since the 1960' which was published by Fourth Estate/Harper-Collins. The book was a critical success, entering the BBC's "Top Ten Film Books of the Year" list. During the summer of 2003, Simon was asked to curate a month-long season of classic 1960's cult movies at the National Film Theatre in London. Simon is the author of the hugely successful "The Beatles: 365 Days" published by Abrams/Time Warner, which to date has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Simon has also written "The Beatles in Japan," published by Tascam in June 2006, and "The Rolling Stones: 365 Days" published in November 2006. In July 2007, Simon wrote the screenplay for the documentary "Don't Knock Yourself Out", a visual history of "The Prisoner" television series. 2009 saw the release of "Coming Down Fast", an exhaustive account of the Charles Manson "Family" saga-published by Hodder & Stoughton. Simon's new book is "Butterfly On A Wheel" an account of the arrest and trial of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in 1967.

Simon is also a musician and has his first album out on 208 records entitled, "Sometimes In The Morning". Available from 208records at

Interviews relating to Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast. Here....

Simon's blogs are below

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tripped Horse 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Simon Wells has written a number of superlative non-fiction books, Coming Down Fast, Your Face Here and Butterfly On A Wheel among them, but this is his first trip into the variegated world of fiction. And a variegated work it has turned out to be.

Ashley is boring. He is really boring. If you ever met him, you'd do much to avoid him. The perennial office creepy guy, he performs his task with a contemptuous attention to detail, yet remains the butt of his colleagues' ribald humour. His boss despises him. And home is no better, with his mother obviously favouring his mercurial brother David. Yet underneath the bland exterior, the computer games and obsessions with Newsnight and orderliness, Ashley is a seething hotbed of rage, barely contained. This can be traced to an incident described in excruciatingly masterful detail right at the start. Brother David is a much more palatable figure, who wonders off to a rock festival, leaving his brother to deal with the repercussions. These repercussions involve a journey outside of every comfort zone he's ever had.

Encounters of the Close Kind with a mysterious girl traveler, a laughing, Baron Samedi drug dealer and a mind-gaming anti-authoritarian authority figure and finally, the tripping horse itself, open Ashley's eyes to life beyond the confines of his obsessions and his office/home.

Beautifully written with style and humour, Wells has updated the road novel to include the dull and the ignorant, for they too have a story of redemption to tell ... And Simon Wells tells this redemptive tale with the practiced ease of the seasoned teller of extraordinary stories. An excellent book that should be read, enjoyed and thought about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book I could not put down. 24 Dec 2012
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A bizzare plot with a very irritating main character that you eventualy start to feel sorry for. It is a damn god read ending in a Tom Sharpe like farce. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on tight for the ride…. 4 Feb 2014
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Beautifully written, this book will take you on a thoroughly enjoyable, but sometimes dark journey with many a interesting twist. As with all books by the author, you feel he knows his subject very well, and this is no exception. It is written with a voice of authority. Do yourself a favour, pick up a copy and buckle up for the ride...
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