Troubador A Rose on the Dunghill

Released: 28/10/2021

ISBN: 9781800464926

eISBN: 9781803138565

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A Rose on the Dunghill

The Reflections of a Fool on the Hill


In this delightful book, John Ayress pays tribute to an amazing woman, Tony, and looks back on their forty wonderful years together.

His ‘reflections’ capture the beginning, the journey and the end of his romance with an older woman and their remarkable relationship. Yet, from their very first encounter, immortalised by the author’s opening line, ‘why can’t people love each other?’ it’s easy to see that this is more than just a love story.

As the tale unfolds, prepare to be drawn into a larger world. Towards Tony’s endearing personality, her views on the upbringing of children, on the Christian ethic and the use of one’s talents. And towards the author’s fool on the hill outlook; his struggle with the meaning of life - of alienation in modern society, and the nature of man. The evolutionary ideas of Freud, Darwin, Marx and Nietzsche are questioned, while Tolstoy, D.H. Lawrence and Proust are all called in to help.

With a unique blend of love, wisdom and search for meaning, John Ayress creates a joyful and impelling read. Some questions are answered, but with more questions raised and no overriding solutions, as in life, A Rose on the Dunghill is a fascinating exploration of both history and philosophy.

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John Ayress

John Ayress (1956) was born in Clacton, England, into a musical family, the eldest son of a classical pianist and mother a local choir singer. He spent his childhood in Bristol and later in Ware, Hertfordshire, and was subjected to a secondary, comprehensive education. A confessed autodidact with a love for history and philosophy, he also claims a modest talent for poetry, prose, drawing and musical composition. The latter he ‘discovered’ later on in life, and it became his overriding passion. In 2000 he recorded 16 of his romantic piano pieces on CD, entitled ’Suite Nostalgia’, in collaboration with Nobuko Takahashi, an established concert pianist.

After meeting Antonia (Tony) in 1976, John, then an assistant golf-professional, relocated to the Netherlands and took a degree in Dutch law, followed by a basic training in mediation. During this period, John’s writing abilities resurfaced and resulted in some poetry, prose, and two academic articles. His present book, A Rose on the Dunghill, is his debut as a published author. It is a tribute to the love of his life Tony, an amazing woman whom he portrays in a delightful mix of the biographical and autobiographical, woven around the theme of the meaning of life.

John currently lives and works in the Netherlands. Contact him at: [email protected]

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