Dark Horse: Interesting prequel to Chequered Justice. 07 January 2013
A fascinating read concerning the life of an intelligent young boy born dyslexic, in a time when this condition was not recognised. His consequent academic failure and treatment at school drove him to seek personal achievement and recognition in business, and later, on the world stage in motor sport. It takes you though the thrills and disasters from Brands Hatch to Le Mans, and the pitfalls and deceptions encountered in the race to have the cars ready in time, as detailed in John’s first novel Chequered Justice.
I look forward with anticipation to reading “A Step To Far”.
Dark Horse: I found this book very easy reading and it contains good mix of the harsh regime of schooldays in the 1960’s and exciting car racing chapters as well as the wheeling and dealing and sponsorship deals that go on behind the scenes in motor racing. Interesting to read more of the early days that lead to Johns first book Chequered Justice. Can’t wait for the next installment!
Chequered Justice: I found this book really hard to put down and would definitely recommend it as a good read anyway, but I particularly think everyone should read this just to get an idea of how easy it is for things to go wrong in the pursuit of ‘justice’. It is obvious that there was corruption involved in this case, but even without that, it is clear that our legal system has many shortcomings that people should be aware of.
The book was gripping and in parts heartbreaking. I would love to see this made into a film so that more people could hear this story.
You regularly read in the press the appalling miscarriages of justice that occur and you normally write it off with a shrug saying, ‘we’re all human and we make mistakes’… Chequered Justice gives a wake up call to that perception with a hard hitting, no nonesense ‘fictional’ account on what is really happening.
–S. Gray “g2books”
Chequered Justice: Having been involved on the sidelines of this “fictional” account, I found it fascinating. A really good read. John has carefully woven the motor racing events into the harrowing story of police investigation, court appearances and injustice. It certainly creates some anxiety in the reader about the judicial system in England. At the same time giving insight into the stresses, both physically and financially, in the world of motor sport. Anyone who picks up this book will find it hard to put it down until the last page.
–Dr. R. H. Eve