Ash and the Favour Man


Nine-year-old Ashleigh is no ordinary girl – through no fault of her own.

She has an attitude to rival any Diva and the solid steel determination to back it up.

The only thing her parents taught her was how to take a beating and she is sick of learning that particular lesson.

When she is introduced to ‘The Favour Man’ lives are going to be changed – some for the better, others not so much. Not much in Ash’s life runs smoothly but in the autumn of her ninth year, she is forced to deal with more adventure, hardship, abuse and pieces of the harshest reality than she could have imagined and it knocks the previous years’ experiences into a cocked hat.

Junkies, dealers, paedophiles and hitmen all show up virtually on her doorstep and she has a battle on, not only to stay alive but to keep hold of her sanity if she can.

Author's Biography

D Michelle Gent is Derbyshire-born and bred. She moved to Nottinghamshire and then on to France where she has recently been recovering from illness. Now on the mend, she has returned to her love of writing and creating stories. Ash and the Favour Man is part fiction, part autobiographical – the challenge for the reader is to work out which parts of the story are true.


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  1. An amazing story that feeds hope and acknowledges despair. An amazing heart wrenching read. I tried to imagine the life thrown upon Ash and couldn’t. Gritty and gripping

  2. It takes courage to live Ash’s life, and to write this incredible story also took an amazing amount of courage. Both Ash and Michelle have the sheer guts, willpower, determination and inner strength to deal with everything life and reality throws at them, and their story will grasp at your heart and mind in ways you never thought possible. A powerful, take-no-prisoners read that is impossible to put down until long after you read the last page.

  3. I could not put this book down I read it in a day so did my sister and mom . At times you do not want to continue reading as you cannot believe that a little girl could go through so much and survive, but it compels you to go on and fight with her until the end

  4. I think I have read all of Gent’s books but this one is a little different and possibly scarier because of the difference. It skews away from her usual fantasy and horror genre and drops right in to the realism of urban life. At times I wondered if this was fact or fiction, but as she says herself, it’s up to the reader to work out which is which. It is quite horrific to think that some children could actually have lives like this.

  5. Inspirational!

  6. Love this book from beginning to end. Had to read it one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. The ending will give you chills!
    Love all of her books. Definitely one of my favourite authors

  7. This is my favourite book so far by this author. Ash, the main character is a real fighter and draws on your empathy, the minute you meet her. The book is difficult to put down, once you start reading. I can see Ash having her own series, what a great film this story would make.

  8. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it definitely will not be the last. I couldn’t put this book down, it was such a sad existence for Ash ( the main character) but she had the courage to keep going which is incredible for such a young girl.

  9. Gent has written about a hard-hitting, enthralling and sometimes uncomfortably real situation. I was immediately drawn to the feisty, indomitable spirit that was Ash and her enigmatic devious favour man. The tale twists, turns and dips into the underbelly of the northern drug scene with a climatic and shocking finale that leaves you breathless. Well worth a read. Wow.

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