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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (18 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408809621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408809624
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1975, he was educated at Winchester College, Exeter University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. While living in San Francisco he was involved in a hit and run accident, during the recovery from which he conceived of his first travel book, a global adventure in search of wild honey. Honey and Dust documents his search for wholeness, while looking for the last of the tribes that still hunt wild honey in jungles and cliffs. He visits Bedouin tribesman in the Syrian desert, Gurung mountain people in Nepal, the Veddhas or Wild Men in Sri Lanka, and even a rooftop beekeeper on the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

The Guardian called Piers Moore Ede 'a talented young writer... acutely aware of light, landscape and mood.' The Daily Mail called it 'thoughtful and uplifiting.' The Telegraph wrote: 'While Moore Ede's enthusiasm about honey is engaging, it is his quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book.'

Honey and Dust won the non fiction category of the DH Lawrence prize, and was nominated for the Jeremy Round first book award with the British Guild of Food Writers.

His second book All Kinds of Magic, published in 2010, has also been well received.

'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House

'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House

Piers Moore Ede also runs the popular website www.theindiaphile.com

You can visit his website at www.piersmooreede.com

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'So sincere and carefully told that the result cannot help but move' (Financial Times)

'Terrific ... Unpretentious, often funny, but also powerfully expressive of experiences beyond language and reason, it's a book which rises to the challenge of its subject with skill and considerable grace' (Wanderlust)

'Energetic and compelling' (Guardian)

'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' (Justine Hardy)

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A personal search for the mystical and miraculous, from the acclaimed author of Honey and Dust

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick 3029 on 10 May 2010
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This book charts Moore Ede's journeys through India and Turkey, as he travels around in search of spiritual experiences. He meets various gurus and attends religious happenings and festivals, in between which he describes the landscape and people.

As you would expect, a man who's searching for unusual experiences in India doesn't have to look far, and it's not long before he meets some extremely bizarre people and gets into some strange and at times frightening situations. Depending which way you look at it, Moore Ede is either brave or foolhardy, as he seems happy to walk around remote parts of India on his own with a fistful of cash, merrily following people he meets to even more remote areas on a promise of meeting spiritual gurus. Happily, he somehow avoids getting mugged, and we are treated to a vivid portrait of India and then Turkey, and their various religions and beliefs. Accounts of his experiences are peppered with quotations from writers, travellers and poets.

The book is full of conflicting ideas and forces - not only the strange juxtapositions and divisions of a developing country, where modern technology, lifestyles and attitudes contrast with ancient traditions and extreme poverty, but also Moore Ede's internal conflicts. He is searching for something beyond rational thought, but can't help analysing his mystical experiences from a rational perspective. Whilst the physical journey has its tribulations, it is his inner journey which proves much tougher.

Having described all manner of magical events, some quite obviously fake and some apparently beyond rational explanation, the narrative progresses to an ultimately uplifting ending.

All Kinds of Magic was a really enjoyable book, extremely well written and researched, that has left me wanting to visit the places he describes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on 22 Nov. 2010
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It was a joy to read Piers' beautifully expressed account of his time in India. His search for a deeper meaning to his life resulted in many adventures: some amusing,some ("miracles") inexplicable and one, at least, rather terrifying. His vivid descriptions evoked memories of my own trips to India in the 1980's and I was transported back to the land of sights, sounds - and smells! His experiences and reactions left me with much food for thought. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara Nynne Rankloeve on 27 Oct. 2010
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A perfect and uplifting story which takes the reader to a new level. An exceptional travel book, which takes the reader from Honey and Dust. Through India, Turkey and South America, the author searches for a meaning that lies beneath our everyday reality, while leading the reader through an imaginative and at times sensational fantasy universe full of fantastic heartfelt characters and experiences. Highly recommended tale about mysticism, the esoteric and of the art of travel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laurie on 20 Nov. 2010
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All Kinds of Magic by Piers Moore Ede is a book about a journey to look for people who live life differently and who exist in a non-materialistic world. His beautiful writing gives colourful descriptions of alternative life styles in Eastern countries. He searches the mystical beliefs of shamens, sufis, and whirling dervishes in India and Turkey and gives his readers a taste of his reactions to these very unusual people. The book forms an interesting view of travel to fascinating places but also gives reason to think and explore what we may be missing in our busy, western lifestyles. A most interesting read for any open minded people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alice on 28 April 2010
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this is a thought provoking and often illuminating read - Moore Ede uses beautiful prose too- well worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By urcheekyangel on 23 Oct. 2010
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Really enjoyable brilliantly-written travel book which tells more of Piers Moore Ede travel in the world in search for something different , His spiritual journey began here where he met unremarkable individuals. This is completely a good read!! It will enlighten and inspire you in many ways...Highly recommend!!!^^
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annaken on 24 April 2012
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I picked this up in the library yesterday, read it in one sitting (yes, a long night it was) and then felt compelled to write a review because I enjoyed it so, so much. Anybody who has the slightest interest in the mystical, the magical, that which goes beyond our normal comprehension, will love this. The only tiny criticism that I have is that it would have been interesting to read about some European mystics and pilgrimage sites. Reading this book gives you the impression they only exist in India. But still, what a great book.
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