Former GP turns novelist in support of his Hospice

A former Herefordshire GP has swapped prescriptions for pens by writing a futuristic novel.

Dr Mark Helme retired from General Practice almost six years ago having been based at Hereford’s Cantilupe Surgery.

Proceeds from the book, called AX50, will go to St Michael’s Hospice and Herefordshire Headway.

‘I want money to go to these two charities as they’re very close to me,’ he said.

‘I’m a Trustee at Headway, and during my time as a GP I got to know the fantastic work done by St Michael’s who I raised money for in 2014 by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.’

AX50 is set between 2021 – 2112 where global warming, artificial intelligence and robots abound.

‘The idea came after I discovered some jottings made in 1980 when I predicted how life would be in the year 2000,’ he added.

‘Much of it turns out to have been accurate, particularly surrounding issues such as surveillance. But it got my mind thinking about life in the future and how our world might look for generations to come.’

Mark will be signing copies of AX50 on Saturday 23rd November at Leominster Coffee & Books on Station Yard (10am-12pm) and Hereford Coffee & Books on Whitecross Road from 2-4pm.   

He will also be giving a lecture based on his research for the novel at the Simpson Hall in Burghill (HR4 7RW) on Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10, including refreshments, and can be bought on the door. 

Copies of the book, currently on sale for the promotional price of £5, can also be bought at the St Michael’s Hospice shop in Bartestree, from the Headway in Credenhill and at Tillington Stores, as well as online by searching ‘AX50 Mark Helme’ on internet search engines.

Caption: Mark Helme with his book, AX50