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What is therapy?

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Jun 2019

You go to a house with a friend.

You go inside the house and your friend stays outside, but in contact.

You work your way through the house, describing each room to your friend, who listens carefully.

They can’t see anything themselves…

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On having stones piled on you

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Jun 2019

I see the strangest thing today.

At the shopping mall, I watch a crowd of people place stone after stone on a woman’s body, crushing her.

The woman is alive and struggling, though no one seems concerned. I run towards them.

‘What are you doing?’ I ask…

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Young again!

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Jun 2019

If we are to make the world young again, we must start with ourselves.

We must allow ourselves to be young…which is great relief all round.

We can at last stop playing the expert or the canny observer; we can skip free of our tired knowing and false impressions.

We have become old, bent and stupid with our supposed knowledge…

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63 Up - a review

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 Jun 2019

‘Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.’

It is a quotation attributed to both Aristotle and Ignatius of Loyola.

(And quoted by such varied luminaries as Pascal, Lenin and Kipling.)

But is it true? That’s what 63Up is trying to discover…

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Jo Brand's joke

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Jun 2019

Jo Brand is in the news for a joke she made on the radio.

It sounded like a ‘spur-of-the-moment’ gag, in which she criticised milk shakes being thrown at ‘nasty people’ - and recommended throwing battery acid instead.

She immediately reassured us that this was a joke…

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Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.

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.


Julian of Norwich was the most remarkable of the 14th century mystics, whose Revelations of Divine Love has only grown in substance down the centuries. On this retreat, in a contemplative spirit, we sit with Julian in her cell in 14th century England, listening both to the remarkable times in which she lived; and to her life, her words and her soul.

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