On The Edge – Tony Ashman – debut novel by retired Norfolk GP
On The Edge, the debut mystery novel by retired Norfolk GP, Tony Ashman, was launched at Jarrolds book department Norwich on Thursday, November 1. The launch included a live performance of Lady Will You Be My Friend? by Norwich musician, Nathaniel Laker. The song features in the book and has been brought to life by Nathaniel.
On The Edge, price £9.00, is published by Norwich based, Paul Dickson Books. The book is set in the Lake District and Scotland and features five main characters whose lives are all ‘on the edge’. Psychologist Alice is struggling to keep herself together after the year from hell. Circus performer Bonny is already falling apart. Private investigator Sammy is drinking himself to death. Guitarist Angus is nearing the end of the road and prisoner Harry is already there.
Tony Ashman’s song, Lady Will You Be My Friend? Has been recorded by Nathaniel Laker from Norwich band The Visitors. The track will be released in November.
Tony worked for nearly 30 years at Brundall Medical Centre, near Norwich. He will be donating his proceeds from the sale of the book towards the purchase of much-needed equipment for the surgery.
Tony Ashman said: “Since childhood I’ve known that some novels I’ll never finish, and others I can’t put down! I love a challenge – I’ve always wondered if I could write such a novel. Following my GP retirement, I finally had the chance to find out. I am truly happy with my achievement.”
“On The Edge has been a labour of love. I’ve decided that all personal proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to NHS-related causes, initially Brundall Medical Centre. I’ve set up a series of ‘book surgeries’ at Brundall, so patients can meet me and buy signed copies of the book.”
“I would particularly like to thank Nathaniel Laker for bringing my song to life. Nathaniel is finishing of the recording and we’ll be releasing the track in November.”
Tony Ashman enjoyed almost thirty years as a Norfolk GP, with a special interest in helping patients with psychological problems. He is married to Lis, a retired Nurse. They have two sons, both of whom have followed in their parents’ footsteps to work within the NHS. Tony is half-Greek and half-Welsh, explaining his love of music. He also enjoys running, skiing, and adores fell-walking in the English Lake District.