Tony Aston is a former Scotland Yard detective and counterespionage specialist within the UK Defence Industry. His first book, “Redditch – From the Chip Shop to the Batchley”, published in May 2022, tells of his life growing up during the 1950s and 60s in the Midlands town at a time when it was trying to rebuild and reinvent itself after WWII. He has a great interest in 20th century civil and military history, demonstrated in his first, currently “work-in-progress”, novel which explores the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland in the 1980s and 90s. In non-fiction, Tony is also currently writing the story about the crew of a Lancaster bomber, shot down with all hands lost during the Berlin bombing campaign during the later stages of WWII in 1944.
Tony is a Fellow of The Security Institute, a member of the Society of Authors and the Historical Writing Association. When not writing, he enjoys football – an avid supporter of Birmingham City – photography, cooking, and spending quality time with his wife, Kay, and family.