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Ten new commandments

Posted by Simon Parke, 23 Oct 2014

As another Beautiful Life retreat comes around, I thought I’d write a little bit about the book that gave life to this story.

Published by Bloomsbury, it started out as ‘The Beautiful Life’, but is now re-published by them as ‘The Journey Home’.

I was working in a supermarket when I wrote it, so there’s a bit of coleslaw round the edges; but here’s my brief description of it from the time. And just to explain, the book offers ten new commandments….

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A different light

Posted by Simon Parke, 22 Oct 2014

I’ve just walked past the Museum of Pornography and the Museum of Marijuana, Hash and Hemp.

I’m also near a shop called The Cannabis Seed; and within hailing distance of prostitutes dressed to tempt and displayed in generously-sized windows. 

Where am I?..

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The eternal flame

Posted by Simon Parke, 21 Oct 2014

I’m standing in the old church, just off the road and small.

These Norman walls hid 11th century lives from the wind and rain, and they hide me…

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Cover of A Director's Cut

Set in the seaside town of Stormhaven, the third Abbot Peter mystery, A Director’s Cut, opens the curtain on a dark tale of murder and revenge in theatreland. Abbot Peter and his niece DI Tamsin Shah, are drawn like lambs to the slaughter into the grievance behind the greasepaint and a rage behind the stage.

Cover of One Minute Meditation

A book of short meditations for use wherever you find yourself: on the bus, at the doctors, in your bedroom or by the pool.

A contemplative few days based around Simon's book, The Beautiful Life, now republished as The Journey Home. The retreat features meditation, silence, community and teaching.

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