After treading a newspaper career path that became a globe-trotting odyssey – with stints in Canada, America, the Caribbean and Middle East – investigative photo-journalist Hugh Ash became a respected senior executive on several, UK national daily titles in a variety of editing and writing roles.
In 2002, however, Hugh took up the gauntlet of becoming Fleet Street’s Man in Mallorca, a uniquely cosmopolitan island he’d come to know intimately and admire from the days he and his wife, Barbara, bought a holiday pied-a-terre there.
Eight years on a new genre of writing beckoned and, from reporting news, he turned his talents to creating fiction.
Hugh’s novels are pacy, edgy, intriguing crime/espionage thrillers, always packing a surprise twist in their tales, and he uses his adopted island in the sun – its chequered history, fascinating culture and remarkably stoical people – as an absorbing backdrop.
So far Hugh has produced two, highly-imaginative novels, The Mallorca Assignment and The Mallorca Correspondent, which draws on some of his own, splendidly colourful reporting experiences on the island.
He is now penning the third of his trilogy, The Mallorca Money Changer: a chiller of a story that’s a hard-hitting, factional insight into the murky world of drugs, money-laundering and fraud, all inexorably linked to the tentacles of international terrorism.
Hugh continues to be a photo-journalist in the Balearic Islands and acts as a media consultant.
FOOTNOTE: Hugh’s literary representatives are Smart Talent Group at +44 1843 843318 or +44 1843 844863 and via email at www.smart-talent-kent.co.uk. The Mallorca Assignment is available from blurb.com/bookshop and as an ebook download from amazon.co.uk. For Mallorca residents and visitors, it is available from Blau Press newsagents and other outlets throughout the island, priced 12 Euros.