The View From The Cab.

I have carried many manner of people in the back of my cab, ranging from Princess Alice, the last grandchild of Queen Victoria and Members of the House of Lords, to ordinary folk like you and I. Throughout those varied journeys I have enjoyed conversations and shared recollections of past events and how London, and life in general, has evolved. Today, however, I was reminded of an occasion that I hope and pray that I will never have again and you never have personal experience of. It was some years ago now, when I used to work late into the night. I picked up a lady who needed to catch the last train home from Liverpool Street Station. The journey was passing uneventfully until her mobile phone rang. I switched of the Intercom not wishing to overhear her call but after a few moments I heard her crying. At first, I will admit, that part of me did not want to enquire as to what had occurred to change her demeanor from happy to sad but I felt compelled to ask, anything else would have seemed rude and uncaring. It transpired that she had just received news that her nephew had been raped……How do you deal with that?


About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller and in May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada and Australia. Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television in the UK.
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