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, the fictional character of Mike Newman emerged. In writing his books, Philip hopes to encourage others to put their story into words. To demonstrate his ability and not his disability, he has chosen to take complete responsibility for his books from the first tap of the final publication. By taking online courses to improve language, punctuation and grammar, and skills in different aspects of editing, Philip is determined to show that even with severe brain damage, he has the ability to write, edit, and publish first class novels, short stories and poetry without involving anyone else in the process.
Philip is the type of guy who will never say I can’t.
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For all Eternity (And other stories)
by Philip Catshill
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.
Never Say I Can't
by Philip Catshill
“Never say I Can’t” is the gripping, humorous, and occasionally devastating first person account of a serving policeman, who at 30 years of age, suffered a major stroke. This is his battle against the odds to survive, to recover and to succeed.
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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.