Hi. I’m Paul Kenny.
After 14 engrossing, entertaining years running CACI’s Retail Finance Benchmarking unit, helping the UK’s banks and building societies make more informed decisions in the face of everything from the Credit Crunch to Covid, I now have a new reason to leap out of bed each morning. I’ve become a full-time biographer.
It’s hard to believe, but my first book, The Man Who Supercharged Bond, is 12 years old now. It told the story of automotive, aeronautic and astronautic engineer and society portrait painter, Amherst Villiers. The late Edward, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who kindly wrote the foreword, called it ‘an authoritative, overdue account of an extraordinary man.’ Jay Leno introduced it on his book club as ‘one of the automobile books of the year, if not the automobile book of the year.’
But a part-time approach to my latest subject, Whitney Straight, was never going to be appropriate. He led too full a life, and left lasting impressions on too many people, for me to do anything other than commit full-time to telling his remarkable story. I plan for Whitney: the Authorised Biography of Racing Driver, Fighter Pilot and Industrialist, Whitney Straight to be published in the second half of 2022.
I live in Teddington, Middlesex, with my wife and whichever kids are passing through.