Dark Horse Paperback – 30 Nov 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Very highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the very first pages this book grabs your attention taking you on a journey with twists and turns in every chapter. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would dare any person to put this booked down once you start to read it, a roller coaster of a story often amusing and often sad , based on the background of motorsport but with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thanks, John, I loved it! Lots of action on the grid, but not so much that a person struggles to stay involved in the story. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Mr. P. Parker
I'd read Chequered Justice and found that a really enjoyable read. Dark Horse, though consists of significant chunks cut and pasted from Chequered Justice. DisappointingPublished on 29 April 2014 by DougA
I read Chequered Justice when it first came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. Dark Horse completes the story by telling the background and upbringing of “Will Middleton”, (who's... Read morePublished on 18 April 2014 by Soo
Another amazing book, from John Bartlett
Let me give you some background, I was there some 25 years ago working as a mechanic on the sort of cars in the book often in... Read more