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Dark Horse Paperback – 30 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Amazing Journeys; 1 edition (30 Nov. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0956910424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956910424
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,566,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One hell of a life, one hell of a ride, you ll struggle to put this book down... --Howard Marks aka Mr Nice

Full of life and laughter, triumph and disaster, Dark Horse tells the fascinating story of Will Middleton, from his explosive schoolboy antics to his time as brave and resourceful racing driver. This is a book full of courage, comedy, and real life adventure, enjoyable, easy to read, and - like its author - hard to put down. --Tim Vicary (Author)

About the Author

John Bartlett (born 19th January 1955 is best known as a former WSCC racing driver and team owner in the 1980s. Chequered Justice, published by Book Guild in 2010, was his first novel, a 5 Star rated legal thriller that reached Number 1 on Amazon in Legal Thrillers. Dark Horse is the log awaited second book - A Prequel to Chequered Justice.

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When I first read Chequered Justice I had not heard of John Bartlett and I had no interest in motor racing. But to my surprise I found he had written a marvellous, horrifying book which was impossible to put down. I read it over a weekend; it was the story of terrible miscarriage of justice in which the narrator, Will Middleton, had become entrapped.

But it was clear throughout that Will Middleton was a thinly disguised portrait of author, John Bartlett, and Chequered Justice was a fictionalised autobiography, which made the events described in it even more shocking. It also raised a number of questions: if this was essentially a true story, what happened before the book started? Who was Will Middleton? How did he grow up, and get into this mess in the first place? What sort of events shaped this man's character?

Dark Horse is an attempt to answer all that. Once again the narrator, Will Middleton, is clearly Bartlett himself. And once we see that this man, a self-confessed dyslexic, has a natural gift for storytelling. Not only that, but he has a marvellous fund of stories to tell. He begins with his childhood in Brighton, where he works his way through a number of appalling schools which are beautifully described, and very familiar to people of my generation. But Middleton gives as good as he gets. Several of his inventive escapades as a teenage had me laughing out loud; they reminded me very much of the stories told by Roald Dahl, in his autobiography Boy. In fact I think John Bartlett and Roald Dahl would have had a lot in common, if they had ever met.
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I enjoyed Dark Horse just as much as Chequered Justice. To follow CJ with the story of Will's earlier life, was the right move John. Reading Chequered Justice left me eager to know about your past: your parents, how this crazy guy, started life, the beginning of his great love story: how he wooed Beth, how he battled with dyslexia - which, on reflection, seemed more of an asset than an encumbrance! I was interested to learn that dyslexia affects short term memory. Perhaps this is how you were able to put set backs so quickly behind you. Nothing fazed you!
Dark Horse gave me huge pleasure. I still smile when I recall some of the scenes: the alien spacecraft scaring most of Arundel, the 'explosives' manufacturing business, pregnant Beth laying into the paving-slab-wielding lout, the hair-raising journey, against time, across the Andalucian mountains to collect the gearbox input shaft for the Spanish race trials.
Then came your great sadness at the death of your best friend Des, not just his dying but the way he died. What a helluva time you had.
I have recommended both books highly.
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I have also read Chequered Justice and both excellent reads. This is the build up to a book you can't put down putting everything into perspective.
Life has its ups and downs but trying to form a career in racing behind the wheel and have a family life with all the unpredictable events and finding money to live on can't be easy. Will also had dyslexia but didn't allow it to hinder his progress. In fact it made him more determined to succeed. Highly recommended.
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This is the prequel to the very successful book "Chequered Justice". "Dark Horse" is candid, honest and thoroughly engaging account of the early life of John Bartlett and the events that lead to the dramatic sequence of events that befell him. There is an anger that slips through the pages of Chequered Justice but in Dark Horse we see a more reflective account, touched with moments of fine humour. It provides a fascinating insight into the world of dyslexia and motor racing. It's a very easy read and thoroughly recommended.
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An intriguing journey through the early life of an ambitious, intelligent and determined young man as he struggles with dyslexia though a linear education system.
But dyslexia can be a boon as well as a disability. Let out in the big wide world, using his ability to think laterally he wangles, finds back doors & and bends the rules in order to achieve the success, his teachers said he would never have.
Then, only to have it all stripped away by a system that doesn't like people who think outside the box.

Being dyslexic myself, I found myself sympathising with the treatment of the main character during his school years (though I hasten to add, my school days were not quite as draconian as Will's).
This book stands as both an inspiration and a warning to all young people with similar learning difficulties.
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I read the authors first book (Chequered Justice) a couple of years ago and loved it. This is the story of "Will Middleton's" early years. Its a story about Will Middletons (though it is obvious its based on the authors life) early years growing up in the 60s and 70s and how through sheer drive and determination becomes a professional racing driver. I especially loved the stories when he's a boy going through the education system in the 60s. Being dyslexic in the 60s sounds no fun but as you'll see he seems to get his own back in the endless mischief he gets up to! Sometimes sad but more often hilariously funny this was a great easy fun read with the excitement of motor racing thrown in for good measure.
Very highly recommended.
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