Barry man publishes book after recovering from motorbike accident
2:02pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A BARRY man that overcame a motorbike accident that left him in a coma has published his first book.
David Lindop, who also went on to run the London Marathon earlier this year, has used his experiences of recovery as one of the central themes in his book.
His book 'Llancarfan Ford' focuses on the fictional life of a mathematics professor, Kai Griffiths, that makes a discovery about consciousness that is widely misunderstood and the challenges he faces to get his message across.
The book also focuses on the struggle that one of his colleagues, Mary, faces after she is involved in a motorbike accident.
David, who grew up on Sycamore Crescent in Gibbonsdown and now lives in Ascot, said that the ford was a symbol in the book.
“The ford is used as a central metaphor about getting through things and keeping going,” he said.
“The two central themes are the ford itself as a hurdle in life that you have to get through, while the other side of it is needing community and people helping each other.”
The book is largely based in the Vale of Glamorgan, with chapters featuring the likes of Penarth, Southerndown, Cowbridge, Hensol forest and Porthkerry.
David, 48, said that he used his experiences of a motorbike crash in 2009 where he broke his neck and suffered a sub-arachnoid brain haemorrhage to help build up one of the characters in the book.
“You are physically incapable, but after a while my recovery progressed and I went on from not being able to walk and using a zimmer frame to running the London Marathon this year, so I’m pretty much fully recovered now,” he said.
“Llancarfan Ford is a story about how all of us can sometimes find ourselves surrounded by confusion, disagreement, and misinterpretation, and how that can disrupt both personal life, and the society that surrounds us,” he said.
“We follow the outer and inner paths of Kai Griffiths, a mathematician, motorcyclist, bodybuilder and dog owner; how he is influenced by people around him in his job and home life; and how his work becomes the subject of widespread public misinterpretation and discord, however he might see it himself. He is also trying to help look after his friend, Mary, who has a motorcycle accident, not dissimilar to one I suffered in 2009.”
The book can be downloaded from Amazon as an eBook.