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Tom Aston grew up near Manchester, England and went on to study Far Eastern Languages at university. His career has taken him to London and Chicago and he has spent time living in both China and Japan. He has worked in many roles in the book business, including as editor, publisher's rep and as a bookseller with his own store for twelve years. Now he has discovered the joys of writing and storytelling, his one regret is that he did not start learning his craft as a writer earlier in life.
Aston's latest novel, "The Machine", is the second featuring radical peace activist and campaigner, Ethan Stone. It is a page-turning thriller, packed with extraordinary characters, intrigue and stunning ideas. Aston's aim is to set new standards for the thriller genre with his quality of writing and his subtle themes. Aston has drawn on his knowledge of modern China to paint the unforgettable scenes in "The Machine".
His translation from the Classical Chinese of Du Fu's "The Ballad of Lovely Women", undertaken in research for The Machine, can be seen on the TomAstonBooks web site.
The first Ethan Stone novel, "The Lie", is also due out from Pigeon Park Press later in 2012.
Tom Aston lives in Birmingham, England with his wife and three children.