Lowestoft man’s book offers a humorous take on everyday life while raising funds for good causes

Everyday Life Verse by Tony Atkinson

Everyday Life Verse by Tony Atkinson - Credit: Archant

Following the diagnosis of his partner with multiple sclerosis a Lowestoft man has penned a book offering an amusing observation on everyday life in aid of charity.

Everyday Life Verse by Tony Atkinson

Everyday Life Verse by Tony Atkinson - Credit: Archant

Tony Atkinson, 52, describes his recently published book, Everyday Life Verse, as a 'poor man's cross between Jasper Carrott and Pam Ayres' and hopes it will put a smile on the faces of readers as well as raising funds for a good cause.

In 2008, Mr Atkinson's long-term partner Deborah Edwards was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a neurological condition, which forced her to leave her job in 2009.

'As the disease progressed, I too had to give up my full-time job as a business development manager, at the end of 2014, due to increasing pressure and the requirement for more time and flexibility to care for Deb,' he said.

'I set myself up for self-employment but, to be honest, I have spent more time caring than working! As our meagre finances dwindled, I realised I somehow needed to earn money because, unfortunately, the government does not want to support you if you are a full-time carer.

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'I am hoping to make us a bit of money from this and I also want to raise money for multiple sclerosis charities. I am putting aside at least 20pc of any profits and will donate when I have enough,' explained Mr Atkinson.

Having always had an interest in writing and with the encouragement of family and friends Tony Atkinson put pen to paper and Everyday Life Verse took form.

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Mr Atkinson said: 'If I allow myself to dream, it would be great to get it published, sell 250,000 copies and be able to move Deb to a more suitable premises to give her a better quality of life.'

For information on how to purchase a copy of Everyday Life Verse visit: www.facebook.com/everydaylifeverse or email everydaylifeverse@outlook.com.

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