Philip Catshill is a former British police officer and lives in England. He has had several unique life experiences, near death encounters, physical disabilities and emotional incidents that have combined to provide a firm foundation for his excellent stories.
At the age of 30, after combining an accidental blow to his head with a late night party, he survived a massive stroke. To return to the job he loved proved to be a sometimes amusing, sometimes daunting struggle that took 18 months.
With great pride in this achievement, he survived another 11 years as a fully operational, uniformed police sergeant. During this time, he stretched his mind to the limit by studying for a degree.
Nine years after that first stroke, everything was put on hold when a younger man took interest in his family, his home but mostly, his wife. Within weeks, his 19 year marriage was at an end, his mind and life collapsed. His inability to cope with the changes left him homeless and estranged from all that he had loved and the daughters he cherished for 18 and 15 years respectively. Despite having no faith, he was encouraged to pray. Amazingly, he discovered that prayer works! Throughout the loneliness and despair of being homeless, prayer sustained him and brought him to a new life, new love, but most of all, a loving and welcoming family that was happy to love him as their own.
It was meant to be a happy ever after ending to the tragedies, but just four weeks after his last exam to give him his degree, and 16 days after his second marriage, a road accident caused a second major stroke, bringing his working life to an abrupt end.
Undaunted and determined to defy the paralysis, he took up music and art, achieving piano grade 3 and paintings that are quite simply breath-taking. (http://www.philipcatshill.co.uk)
As he approached his 60th birthday, Philip, who is still severely disabled, decided to write about that stroke from 30 years before. From that experience, there emerged the fictional character of Mike Newman.
Like this fictional hero, Philip Catshill is the type of guy who never says, "I can't"
"I'm glad I don't harbour any ill feelings because I think hatred consumes you quicker and more effectively than cancer.
Life is for loving. We only have one crack at it and I am determined to enjoy every single minute of all that remains, and I can do that because when I was at my lowest and called out to God in despair, he was there!
Prayer works, prayer heals, try it, and persevere with it.
Life is wonderful. Live it. Enjoy it."
Where to find Philip Catshill online
Penny for Them
Penny leaves aside her privileged upbringing and dubious past as she is recruited into the world of espionage and intrigue. The secret mission to bring her father’s murderer to justice leads her to Argentina at the outbreak of the Falklands Conflict.
For all Eternity (And other stories)
This short novel introduces some of the people who appear in the acclaimed Mike Newman Mysteries.
In the short time she has left before his promotion takes him to another division, the inexperienced Sandra must prove her determination to love Mike, or lose him for all eternity. Mike's adulterous wife has other ideas, and would rather see him dead, than happy.
Penalty for Murder
“I just want to fight the bad guys, and right now, the bad guys seem to be winning.”
(Mike Newman, Penalty for Murder)
Never Say I Can't (C.V.A. A hard way back)
Nothing serious then.
Philip Robinson didn't think so. He didn't know he was ill. It was a stroke. He thought it was a joke.
This is the gripping, humorous, and occasionally devastating account of a serving policeman, 30 years of age, and his battle against the odds to survive, to recover and to succeed.
Suffer Little Children
This book is part of a series. It is preceded by "Who Else is There?" and followed by "Penalty for Murder"
Mike Newman has been shot. As doctors fight to save him, corrupt police officers spread rumours that cast doubt on his heroism. His daughters are abducted, he is blamed for causing a riot and the death of yet another policeman. Oh, and a man is murdered in his hospital bed.
Who Else is There?
Ask yourself: If you can’t trust the police,
And you can’t trust your friends,
Who Else is There?
The first in the series of Mike Newman crime mysteries. While recovering from a serious injury, Mike with a few trusted friends move from adventure to danger as they tackle a ruthless clique of police officers who have turned to corruption and major crime.
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- The Royal Sheikh
on Nov. 13, 2011
Just occasionally, it’s good for an older man like me to get away from the blood and musket adventure or crime thriller that would be my preferred genre, and settle down to read a good old fashioned romance, and that’s exactly what I found in this book. I read this novel from beginning to end which says a lot for it, because all too often recently, I have found the “Romance” genre to have been hijacked by being unnecessarily descriptive of bedroom intimacy, which quite frankly, turns me off. So if you like a straight forward romance… this is a great book but it is not steamy. It’s a good old fashioned romance where girl meets boy but boy isn’t all that he seems. What I really enjoyed was the way that the writer keeps the story moving. Even though I was not burdened with endless character descriptions, I am left with the feeling that I know the main characters personally. Now that’s the sort of achievement I like in a novelist. I enjoyed reading this novel but I didn’t quite love it. It therefore falls between 4 and 5 stars on the scale.