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To the caves

Posted by Simon Parke, 3 Apr 2018

I won’t be blogging for a while.

I find I’m becoming bored of myself, which isn’t good…

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The first task in marriage

Posted by Simon Parke, 3 Apr 2018

A recent wedding address, we’re in a church…

Mark and Sarah have asked me to say a few words…always a mistake.

Few…one of the least understood words in the dictionary.

But I suppose the most common misunderstanding about marriage is that it’s a coming together of two people…

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I fear the worst!

Posted by Simon Parke, 30 Mar 2018

I have a pain in my chest and suddenly start worrying that this could be a heart attack.

My son is a few minutes late from his football and I begin to fear that he has been abducted.

My boss gives me an odd look in the canteen and I start to wonder if I am about to be made redundant…

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Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.

Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

The Abbot Peter murder mystery series continues with The Indecent Death of a Madam. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.


The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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