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My glorious failure

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Feb 2018

I’m talking with a group.

I sense some short-cuttery in the air, some impatience.

We’re ten minutes in, and I sense they’re losing energy for me.

What do they want? They want to bounce ideas around.

They want something or someone to deliver the answer to their door, neatly wrapped..

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Abbot Peter describes his vicar

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Feb 2018

In the Prologue to ‘Another Bloody Retreat’, before taking us to the desert, Abbot Peter describes his new vicar, doing his best to be polite…though failing.

‘I’m not unhappy with my present home, far from it. I run daily along the seafront and then follow the white cliffs towards Cuckmere; the views are magnificent.

And the little church nearby puts up with me, in the main. I don’t criticise the sermons and neither do I molest children, so they really should be grateful…

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My big fat registry office wedding

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Feb 2018

It’s her wedding… and understandably, she’s nervous.

Only this isn’t the bride – it’s Susie, who’s taking the service.

She’s talking too much and scribbling details on post-it notes…

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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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