A regional sports journalist has used his own personal experience to write a dark comedy which gives a glimpse into the world of disability.
Kerb Crawling by Glenn Bryant, deputy sports editor of the Plymouth-based Herald, charts the adventures of a 32-year-old blonde heroine and her glamorous best friend.
Central character Jas lost the use of her legs in a car accident as a teenager and faces obstacles every day – barriers put in her path by the ignorance of others.
Glenn’s own wife Juliet is a wheelchair user and while the plot is fiction many incidents are culled from her experiences.
Said Glenn: “I started writing because I was angry. I wanted to show how big a deal it is to be in a wheelchair and how your life is changed.
“Other people’s thoughtlessness, which comes about through a lack of knowledge, makes the life of a wheelchair user ten times worse.
“The hackneyed example is somebody able-bodied using a disabled parking space – if somebody in a wheelchair can’t park close to a shop they’ll have to turn round and drive back home.
“Juliet has been asked the most personal questions about her sex life by complete strangers in pubs.”
Added Glenn: “I’ve never had the urge to write a book before. I didn’t feel strongly enough to write about anything else.
“I feel quite chuffed now the book is out there.”
Kerb Crawling is attracting the attention of national magazines, book bloggers and has been described as “brilliantly unusual and perceptively humorous” by LAW writers’ and artists’ agency.