Review of the Week: Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friends

'Full of colour, character and sound. Although the LSD trip with Morrison is one of Lawrence's formative experiences, the book is about a lot more than music, the Doors, drugs or the 1960s. It's a fascinating coming-of-age story covering art, philosophy, music, the cinema, travelling and much more.'   UK Amazon reader on Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friends by Michael Lawrence

Review of the Week: Call of an Angel by Patricia O'Toole




Simply beautiful!



A beautifully heartwarming book. Has given hope to someone who has also tried to 'turn her back' on spirituality.' 


UK Amazon reader on Call of an Angel by Patricia O'Toole

Summer equine therapy retreats with The Spell of the Horse author Pam Billinge & her horses

The Spell of the Horse author Pam Billinge is hosting a number of fabulous retreats this summer. If you enjoyed the book, here's a chance to live it with Pam & her horses. 

Pam writes:


"This year I will be hosting a Spell of the Horse retreat from 4-5 September here in France for those who wish to truly sink into the peace and healing spirit of the horse in this beautiful, rural corner of France. I am also excited to be offering a new workshop, The Essence of the Horse, which combines mindfulness with art to create a special kind of connection, in conjunction with equine artist Diana Hand.  

And of course if you wish to have a tailored developmental experience here with the herd I am again offering intensive residentials throughout the spring, summer and autumn subject to availability.

All events are open to both English and French speakers. If you are travelling from England don't be put off by that little stretch of water between us. La Source is only two hours' drive from the ferry port at Caen Ouistrehem, and an hour by train from Paris by TGV (travel to Le Mans where pick up can be arranged, ask for a quote).

I am delighted also to confirm that I will be running a 5-day workshop 'Horses, Sense and Soul - A Spiritual Journey' at the Findhorn Foundation near Forres in Scotland with my colleagues Lindsay Fovargue and Marja Kuijer. This programme is held lovingly within this inspiring community and brings great depth both within the group process and individually. "


Full details and booking at Pam's website

Read Pam's latest blog post, Self Compassion in the Presence of the Herd here:

Pam and Ruby
Pam and Ruby

Patricia O'Toole #1 and #2 at top of angel books chart

Review of the Week: The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge

Review of the Week: Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse

Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse

Reviewed by Canberra book blog Tinted Edges

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Easiest Vegan Christmas Cake Recipe in the World by The Lazy Cook author, Susie Kelly

I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I’m lazy, and my laziness extends to Christmas cooking and all the trimmings that go with it. The days of cutting crosses in the bottoms of Brussels sprouts are long behind me. No more do I peel potatoes, carrots and parsnips, shell peas, string beans, chop cabbage and make bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy and two kinds of stuffing.  


No more do I stand in a steamy kitchen while the pudding simmers and my face turns from pink to purple. Those days are gone.


By Christmas day we will almost certainly have already eaten several mince pies and at least one early celebratory meal with friends or colleagues, and that is quite enough for one year, thank you very much. 


Now we either go out to a Chinese buffet, or buy in some ready-made meals, and eat them on our laps while watching tv.


If I’m feeling particularly festive I’ll make a last minute Christmas pudding, which takes 15 minutes to prepare, 2 hours to cook, requires no maturing time and is a lighter alternative to the traditional pudding but equally flavoursome. 


The only tribute I pay to Christmas is a home made cake. Here again, being supremely lazy, I fall back on the brilliant “Three Ingredient Fruitcake” recipe I discovered on the Internet. It’s so easy it ought not to be allowed and it doesn’t need months to mature. As it contains no animal products, it’s vegan, too. It’s ready to eat as soon as it has come out of the oven and cooled down. 


It makes a 23 cm (9”) round cake, or a 20 cm (8“) square cake. 


Line the tin with greaseproof paper. 


Put 1 kilo of mixed dried fruit into a large bowl.


Cover with 2.5 cups of black tea or fruit juice.


Leave overnight.


Next day stir in 2 cups of self-raising flour. (You can use gluten-free but I found it makes the texture slightly gritty with an undertaste, so I wouldn’t do that.)


Turn out the mixture into your lined baking tin and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160 C, 320F, for approximately one hour. It’s ready when it feels firm and a skewer comes out clean. 


Options: You can add spices to the flour if you wish, and you can poke holes in the cake and pour in a spirit or liqueur. 


We don’t like royal icing, so I cover the cake in bought marzipan and some marzipan decorations, and tie a ribbon around it. 


That’s all there is to it. 


Happy Christmas everybody. 


Susie xx

















The Lazy Cook 1: Quick & Easy Meatless Meals by Susie Kelly

Delicious quick & easy vegetarian (with fish) recipes


One of those rare cookery books that won't be left on the shelf, but will mature with well-thumbed age as its pages become patterned with stains of food, wine, cream, butter and all things delicious

"I have over 100 recipe books and this is in my favourite top 10. I loved this book. Everyday food! Great! I'm off inside to make a fish pie..." US reader

"She enhances the recipes by enclosing them in entertaining stories which make them memorable. This got me thinking that recipes may be closer to favorite poems or stories that one re-tells rather than science experiments." US reader

The popular travel author's delightful round-up of her favourite quick, simple, easy meat-free recipes, sprinkled with anecdote and humour.

Susie makes no claims to being a cooking queen. She admits that over the years she has made every cookery mistake possible, including pouring hot oil back into a plastic bottle and watching the bottle melt and flood most of the kitchen. Then there was the great icing sugar misunderstanding....  but in The Lazy Cook she has put together an irresistible collection of the tasty, comfort-food recipes that are enjoyed by her family and friends, spattered with generous blobs of funny. 
Kindle: £2.41/$2.99/E2.99
Paperback: £7.99/$11.99/E10.60

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and to order from all good bookshops worldwide

Link to Book 2: The Lazy Cook - Quick and Easy Sweet Treats