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The Novel
By Michael Kell Campbell

ISBN: 978-1-78382-5417
Published: 2020
Pages: 295
Key Themes: Mental Health, Aspergers, Paranoia, Music, Humour, Mid-life crisis, Depression, Philosophy, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Residential care work, Anxiety


Peter Kane (A complicated man with a simplistic outlook) leads what one might describe as an ordinary suburban existence. He gets up, he walks the dog, he goes to work, he comes back home. He eats, he sleeps, he dreams, and he walks the dog again. And in between all this, he tries to fill his life with things that might possibly amuse him.

One day, at a car boot sale, he purchases a second-hand computer. In a document on the computer, he finds a diary. What he reads intrigues and disturbs him. He sets out to try to trace the writer, hoping somehow to help a lost, wayward soul mate. This takes him off on a journey of self discovery and self questioning. But he is about to find outÖ that no good deed goes unpunished.


The story is set against a back drop of suburban Essex. Where, the protagonist lives a dualistic life, revolving around his home environment with his dog, and his job as a care Manager. We witness the turmoil of him battling with modernity, and his sense of self belief, whilst trying to cling onto what he thinks he knows as truthÖ.But in a world of ever changing linguistic labels tags and perspectives, just what is truth?

Humour can be used as a great coping mechanism, but also as a great weapon to control.

About the Author

Michael Kell Campbell was Born 1960 in Hainault Essex.

Michael is an outsider artist, AKA cadwollow-fink.
He worked as a sculptor for some years, and lived in parts of rural Essex and also North London and Cambridge. It was in Cambridge that he taught art and crafts to Adults with learning disabilities.

Feeling an empathy with his students, he decided to enter the Care Profession on a full time basis as a support worker. He eventually ended up Managing three different Care Homes supporting adults with LD, and a range of conditions such as Autism, Aspergers, Downs syndrome, Epilepsy, Dementia and schizophrenia.

Whilst back packing around America in the mid-eighties he was inadvertently involved in an incident with four under cover cops, and a deranged man brandishing a hand gun. Luckily for him he came out of it physically unscathed, but unfortunately took the full blast to the head emotionally.

Some time afterward, back in the UK, he was diagnosed with depression and general anxiety disorder, along with post traumatic stress. This subsequently led to a nervous breakdown.

He has since tried to find the answers of being at odds with the world, through philosophy, art, meditation and music, with little success.

Then one day after years of soul searching, he had an epiphany, and has since spent the last few decades trying to remember what it was.

Book Extract

I make my way down the hallway and open the front door and step out into the porch. I carefully and silently close the door behind me. God knows why, sheís out for the count. I view the contents of the porch.
A few envelopes, a few trade papers, a few tiny plastic bags asking for second-hand clothes, a pair of smelly trainers, a pizza menuÖ and an irate wasp trying to get out. I turn the handle of the porch door, only to find itís locked! Oh, hell. I try again. Someone has locked it and removed the key.

Oh, Christ. Oh shit! I push and pull on it repeatedly, but to no avail. Christ on a bike, now what? The wasp appears to be getting more and more irate as it buzzes about. I know the feeling. I look around the porch and consider my situation. No window to open. No key to get out. Canít get back in. Itís like one of those Edward De-Bono puzzles.

The wasp makes a lunge toward me, then circles and comes back for another attack. I start frantically swiping at it, as I back into the corner. This isnít good.
This isnít good. I never thought I suffered from claustrophobia, until now. I can feel the panic welling up inside me, and the overwhelming urge to kick the window out. My heart rate goes up a few beats more as the wasp launches another reconnaissance mission.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 17 June, 2020.