You Have Not a Leg to Stand On


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This book tells the story of one man’s journey from happiness to despair and back again. At thirty-two and at the peak of health, D.D. Mayers lived in a Kenyan paradise with his beautiful wife. Then tragedy struck; an accident left him paralysed from the waist down, destined to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Mayers takes the reader on an emotional yet witty and amusing tour of his life, guiding us from his childhood (and the ‘pointless’ schooling he receives) through to his emergence as a young man who somehow finds himself earning money as a professional actor. One role takes him to Kenya, where we meet his wonderful wife, and we join the two for a trip through the Middle East, many years before war ravaged much of its warmth and beauty.
After moving to London for a number of years, the couple return to Kenya – only for them to experience a life-changing event. The gripping storytelling throughout the book takes us from the author’s despair and feelings of worthlessness all the way through to a final, peaceful contentment.
You will laugh and you will cry – but you won’t be able to put the book down.

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The author was born in Kenya in 1943. He spent his first thirteen years in the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. At thirteen he entered the English public school system, leaving at seventeen having leant very little, other than underwater swimming and potholing. After school he worked in sugar in the city of London, as an actor, passion fruit farmer, viticulturist, and property developer. In 1976 he had his life changing accident back in Kenya which began a long haul though despair, depression and near disaster to a final acceptance of the reality of living the rest of his life from a wheelchair. Now he and his wife live a peaceful life in their converted barn in East Sussex.






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