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O.R. Melling
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4 Nov 2013

Olwen Mellory is called away from her life as a writer of fairy tales to take part in a week-long retreat on a remote Scottish island. 'The Great Journey' promises to be full of magical wisdom and visionary experiences. It's an invitation she can't resist.

But within hours of arriving at the imposing Dunesfort House and meeting her companions in the circle, Olwen's adventure takes an unexpected turn. Before long, her daytime explorations of mystical practices are paired with night-time dreams and phantasms that blur the line between the real and the imaginary. As the enigmatic but vaguely sinister course director asserts his authority in a bid to create an act of modern alchemy, Olwen begins to wonder in whom she can trust.

After a shocking event in the circle Olwen flees across the moors to the Callanish Stones, only to find herself caught in an ancient moon rite. Will this final calling free her from her personal demons forever, or will it be the beginning of a new nightmare?


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1781802076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781802076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melling has the gift of a poet's tongue. (Charles de Lint, Winner of the World Fantasy Award)

Once again, O.R. Melling weaves her visionary web of soul-searching explorations, some of them credibly chilling. They will not disappoint her readers. (Eugene McCabe)

Innovative, ambitious and courageous. (Carlo Gebler)

An utterly compelling example of an esoteric testament destined to become a classic. (Herbie Brennan, author of The Faerie Wars Chronicles)

Praise for O R Melling's previously published works: The author's gift is in granting ordinary events extraordinary causes, cloaking them with the potent poetic licence of mysticism. (Los Angeles Times)

Praise for O R Melling's previously published works: Quirky evasnescent novel with passages of hallucinatory power. (Publisher's Weekly)

I found it mesmerising. (Michael Harding, bestselling author of Staring at Lakes)

About the Author

O.R. Melling was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada with her seven sisters and two brothers. Her home is Bray, Co. Wicklow, a small town by the sea, but at present she is helping to run a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the Irish countryside. This work has brought her to Outer Mongolia and across the Gobi Desert.

Melling has a BA in Philosophy and Celtic Studies and an MA in Mediaeval Irish History. Her award-winning books have been published worldwide and translated into many languages. www.ormelling.com


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite A Journey! 23 Nov 2013
By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE
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I have never read any of O.R. Melling's books, so wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one. To say that this kind of "mystic, new age, magical" book is not my genre of choice would be a huge understatement. Yet I found myself very quickly caught up with the characters and the beautiful style and prose in it's telling. This lady can weave a tale, and the proof of the pudding is in this enchanting book. Charming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted 10 April 2014
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a good novel, with clear characters and an interesting plot, with many twists and discoveries for its characters and its readers. It's a fascinating tale of a group of people coming to terms with themselves, who they are, what they are, and why they are here. It's set well in a dark castle on a remote Scottish Island, and the brooding presence and landscape matches the characters' changing states. It's a novel about self discovery and self actualisation. It has deliberate echoes of many philosophies and psychologies such as Jung's work on the Shadow. It's definitely set in a "New Age" context which worlds well for this particular story and gives it its flavour. Some will like this taste, and some won't. Some of the description of the workshop processes will seem arcane and a bit detailed for some readers- but they are also important to the narrative of this particular story and the development of the characters.

Overall this is a decent read, involving interesting characters in an interesting scenario. I enjoyed reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Beautifully written, almost poetic, and the concept of new age philosophy, spiritual growth, nicely evoked. The main character, Olwen an author of faerie tales, moves nicely between the real world and other less solid dimensions on her own, very personal, Great Journey. I particularly enjoyed O. R, Melling's scene setting. She brings the Isle of Lewis to life with some beautifully written imagery which is cleverly extended into the isolated character of Dunesfort House. The text abounds with themes of inner wisdom and new age philosophy offset against an uneasy relationship between Olwen and Rose, the Director, and the inner workings of a random group of strangers attempting to bond over a seven day course. I have no doubt this novel took a long, long time to compose. The quality of the writing is beautiful, insightful, and O. R. Melling has put so much of her own personality and spirit into her creation I found it hard to separate Olwen from the author. Lovely themes of folklore and faeries and a unique take on the business of retreats and the growing popularity of alternative belief systems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The main character in this exciting novel is Olwen Mellory, a published writer of faerie tales who has been invited to a remote Scottish Island (lsle of Lewis) for a week long retreat that will include different kinds of workshops being used to bring about mind altering states of consciousness and enhance self-knowledge.
There is also a strong message all the way through the experience that the power of the group is important. The actual individuals that have been invited by the mysterious Rose, the owner of Dunesfort House are meaningful to each other, even if they don't know that yet.
Olwen is wary and suspicious right from the start, and Rose the leader is a man she feels repelled by, yet she stays and magical events take place.
That the actual author is O R Melling and that she is a published writer of faerie tales does make you wonder how much is fiction and how much just might be based on her experiences.
Having experienced some interesting workshops in my younger days I could feel the authenticity and found that aspect believable.
The story also includes much of ancient legends and faerie knowledge that I have no opinion of other than it made for an interesting dimension to the plot.
This is a great story, managing to be both down to earth at times and completely "out there" in most of the other parts. So much is packed in I will need to reread it to take to absorb it all.
This is a book to enjoy, perfect for long dark winter evenings. Made me wish I had a remote Scottish Island to visit too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 15 Jan 2014
By Book Critic VINE VOICE
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This is an odd one. Is it a novel? It doesn't quite feel like it. It feels like a diary of a real event, subsequently embellished and novelised, right down to Olwen Mellory, the protagonist, who is a Mary Sue of such epic proportions it is hard to know where the author ends and the character begins - if there is any difference at all.

All of this doesn't make for a bad book, it's actually a very enjoyable book (if you have any interest at all in New Age doings and are open to the possibility of shamanistic practices and out of body stuff - if you are not, I suspect this book will make for a frustrating experience, but then, why would you be reading it at all?). There are moments when the prose soars, and moments when it crashes (and badly. For me, these included the oddly shoe-horned in affair, and the many moments of almost chic-litty obsession with clothes, shoes and interiors). The highlights though, make this novel of darkness and light, very well worth reading indeed. Rose, the course-leader, was particularly well-drawn: is he as sinister as he seems? What secrets in his past have made him what he is?
In short, I found People of the Great Journey a mixed reading experience, but a worthwhile one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating on many levels
A great story, brilliant descriptions of esoteric practices that ring true even though fictionalised. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Silver Moon Sailor
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystical, new-age and more than a little vague! ...
Mystical, new-age and more than a little vague! There is also a strong message all the way through the experience that the power of the group is important. Read more
Published 11 days ago by J. DOUGLAS
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange and beautiful.
I was really pleased to know that this type of book exists...it just meanders and it's difficult to see where it will lead. Even at the end, I wasn't sure what had just happened! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Lisa Maynard
3.0 out of 5 stars A magical journey for the reader
This is a somewhat New Age novel; if your natural home is Glastonbury, complete with crystal shops and crop circles, this could be a novel right up your street. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
2.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual
I found this difficult to stay with. At times I was quite intrigued but other times I felt a tad uncomfortable with where the story was going. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kehs
5.0 out of 5 stars decent ready, very intreguing!
I read a lot and this book appealed to me so I thought why not! It's not my usual genre but I really enjoyed it. Certainly captivated me! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jay Rainbow
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Journey
Olwen arrives at Dunesfort House, expectant and mildly excited at the prospect of attending a weeks residential course on the topic of "The Great Journey". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, heart breaking, and healing
Olwen Mellory, a writer, is invited to participate in a week long event which is effectively soul retrieval and healing for those who need it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mara Greenwood
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Spiritual Journey - Freedom or Nightmare?
Olwen Mellory a writer of fairy tales is called away from her life to take part in a week-long retreat on a remote Scottish island. Read more
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