Danny Kemp.

I never knew my father well, in fact, it would be more correct to say that I never knew him at all. He died when he was forty-seven and I was just sixteen. I say ‘just’ but there really was nothing ‘just’ about me then. I was selfish, conceited, deceitful and disrespectful. Preferring sports, clothes and friends to either his, or my mothers, company.
There was one occasion though when I did listen to his wise words, and they have stayed with me ever since.
He said that a person’s intelligence could not solely be judged on their own individual knowledge, but, more so, on their ability to know where to find out what they don’t know themselves.

I have spent the best part of my life listening to others and assimilating knowledge from them, as my own academic qualifications do not amount to much, and I have learnt from those conversations and overheard speech.
In my opinion, you can learn more from people, than you can ever learn from reading a book, but few listen and; even fewer listen well.


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 although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the intrigue involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he compiles both for adults and children. 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.
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2 Responses to Danny Kemp.

  1. Those are wise words indeed, as are the man who follows them.

  2. 1poa says:

    Nice story bro

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