It’s “Nothing Personal”, right?
Following on from Carl’s Corner (his online poetry page) “The Fox and the Scorpion meet Cold Turkey” is the debut book by Manchester-born writer Carl J Ashley. It is likely to be met with a mixed reception and focuses on several themes. Not least his passion for sport - particularly football, and the rollercoaster ride and love affair that is Manchester City Football Club.
More pertinently, his irreverent and excruciatingly honest take on the cold turkey experience is more akin to an anti self-help guide, and throughout the narrative we see how his love for fatherhood, travel, philosophy, cricket, and using mindfulness meditation to help deal with addiction and depression, all come to the fore. The reader will undoubtedly also be able to relate to his situation as a humble Englishman dislocated in beautiful, rural Ireland, and enjoy the humour of his tribulations as a door-to-door sales guy, despite having a degree in psychology.
Also please beware ; his uncompromising wit and style can be rather crude at times! Feel free to browse around some of the links below. I have shared information on topics as varied as superfoods and mindfulness, and trust the links in the footer will also be of benefit. Feedback welcome on the site and on the book!
The importance of our wellbeing is fundamental. Depression is a recurring theme in my book.
From Boccherini to the Bunnymen, my own tastes are somewhat eclectic. Some Legends radio shows here.
Buddhist Philosophy has always been a keen interest of mine. Learn more about Buddhism here.
In an age of misinformation and disinformation, who knows what truths we may hold sacred? Truthseekers beware!
Football has always played a huge part in my life, whether watching, commentating or playing. Cricket too!
I'd love the opportunity to hear your thoughts and opinions on some of the issues raised in my book.