The Windsmith Elegy begins...
The Long Woman
a novel by Kevan Manwaring
An antiquarian's widow discovers her husband's lost journals and sets out on a journey of remembrance across 1920s England and France, retracing his steps in search of healing and independence. Along alignments of place and memory she meets mystic Dion Fortune, leyline-pioneer Alfred Watkins and a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle obsessed with the Cottingley Fairies. From Glastonbury to Carnac, she visits the ancient sites that obsessed her husband and, tested by both earthly and unearthly forces, she discovers a power within herself.
The Long Woman is an exploration of the sacred landscapes of the past and the secret landscapes of the soul.
Dare you walk between the worlds?
'The Long Woman is a tender yet intimate journey of personal discovery, which the writer walks with his heroine, and any reader who would travel with them. Guided by the spirits of the land and the gods of nature, it takes us on the first steps towards understanding the ancient wisdom of sacred relationship with the land. Guided too by the spirits of the dead, it teaches of human courage and frailty. A beautiful book, filled with the quiet of dawn, and the first cool breaths of new life, it reveals how the poignance of real humanity is ever sprinkled with magic.'
Emma Restall Orr - author of Druid Priestess & Living Druidry
'A compulsively readable, & beautifully written tale of love and loss. The interweaving of past and present, the earthly and the supernatural creates a poetic and haunting novel - one that is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. Maud's determination and endurance is a great testament to the possibilities of the spirit. Her search for something permanent in a transient world is a journey we can all relate to. A great achievement...a beautiful book.'
Funded by the Arts Council of England
Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Awen Publications (***NEW EDITION DECEMBER 2016***)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1906900441
- ISBN-10: 1906900442
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