The Fox and the Scorpion Meet Cold Turkey
Aside from lurching from one mid-life crisis to the next, Carl J Ashley has successfully negotiated the transition from rather anonymous and somewhat bland thirtysomethings, to eagerly anticipated, fruitfully mysterious and potentially exciting fortysomethings.
By writing another book.
Notwithstanding a desire to travel, drink copious amounts of red wine and follow his beloved Manchester City FC, albeit not necessarily in that order, the Mancunian poet, writer and philosopher made this metamorphosis with no small upheaval.
It is no mere achievement that he has managed this transition without losing a complete grip of what remains of his sanity.
Following on from the successful online poetry page, entitled “Carl’s Corner”, this first book, written in 2012 and first published in 2016, entitled “The Fox and the Scorpion Meet Cold Turkey” is likely to be met with a mixed reception and focuses on several themes. Of prominence is his ongoing addiction battle, dealing with depression, and striving to be a good husband and father whilst having no money, being out of work, and struggling to make ends meet.
He also charts the meteoric progress of M.C.F.C. and his involvement with Clare Cricket, but people will most likely be able to relate to his encounters, and admire his ability to still find humour in his situation as an Englishman dislocated in rural Ireland and documenting a daily addiction diary in his struggle against the desires to drink wine and smoke weed!
Successful book launches took place in Ennis, Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Limerick and Galway, with guest speakers from backgrounds such as counselling, men’s mental health and established charities such as Samaritans.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your story from start to finish and could relate to so much of it. We have similar outlooks on capitalism and my left wing views broadly align with yours. Your story is a truly honest and uplifting one and the struggle is one many people are facing on some level...Perhaps not at the numerous levels you experienced. I think you've got a great and natural way with words and my working classness meant I got you...and your worldview. My brother who also loves the velvet underground has nicked it....between the soccer and snooker, socialist tendencies and human interest aspects it's also right down his street. I loved it Carl...I am now dying to follow the story from Canada...I hope that's the plan?!?! I thoroughly enjoyed your book...you have a great way of merging humour with sadness. Well done Carl!! You should be very proud. A really great story and achievement."
- Miriam Doran, Clare
"In my attempt to stay poison-free, I found the surfacing memories of the past and the bubbling desires of the present colliding in a way, which resulted in something akin to a mental maelstrom, indeed, causing emotional turmoil. Paranoid and delusional or insightful and wise? I began to question everything, including who or what I had become."
- Carl J Ashley