The view from the Cab.

The view from the cab
Not so long ago there was a women in the back of my cab who wanted me to listen to her interpretation of why the world in so much financial trouble. She started her explanation by telling me that her son had just had to sack the family nanny. Then she went on… “Do you know” she said, “that he’s had to approach his bank to raise millions to keep the business afloat and do you know why that is, well I’ll tell you why. It’s too many washing machines and televisions that’s why. People want too much, too many foreign holidays. They will have to put up with less. What’s wrong with going to the laundry?” I told her that I thought she had just arrived from Mars.

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About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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