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This rumoured space

Posted by Simon Parke, 18 Sep 2018

There is rumour of it, an inner room within, a particular space, though the entrance is bricked up, weathered and hidden from view.

Our experiences do not take us near it, not now. Indeed, they take us away from the place and with good reason.

It’s best if it doesn’t exist, this is the wisdom, best for everyone, ‘a wall of silence, please!’...

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A legacy of spies

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 Sep 2018

A review of John le Carre’s recent spy thriller, A legacy of Spies.

Spying is a disease, an illness, a compulsion.

It is the art of lying, the skill of deceiving and the torment of second and third-guessing…

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Small things

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 Sep 2018

Each day we are given the strength to do small things; for our life is comprised of such events.

There are no big things; just small things well lived.

Perhaps we do the washing up after supper, chair a meeting, write a card or speak with a world leader…

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Boris Johnson: the interview

Posted by Simon Parke, 10 Sep 2018

In 2004, I interviewed Boris Johnson, shortly after his political novel, Seventy Two Virgins appeared. I was surprised by the man I found. Looking at it again now, in 2018, it feels quite prescient.

So you are now a novelist. What’s that about for you? Therapy? Crusade? Vanity? Money? A bit of all four?

Vanity. I’ll settle for vanity…

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Keep karma and carry on

Posted by Simon Parke, 10 Sep 2018


We tend to think of it as a Hindu or Buddhist thing; though Jesus’ teaching is shot through with the idea.

In eastern religion, it is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences…

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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.


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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