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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2014
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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 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan 2014
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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 By Book Critic VINE VOICE on 15 Jan 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Rainbow VINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2014
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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! I have a list of friends who want to borrow it already
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mara Greenwood VINE VOICE on 29 Dec 2013
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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. She decides to attend, with a certain amount of trepidation, as the course leader, Rose, is a very sinister chap indeed. What follows is a series of shamanic practices designed to heal the soul and sing the missing parts back home, written about most lyrically indeed. You can feel all of Olwen's delight and fear of the events that then follow, in this delightfully written book.

The only thing that I will say is that for those who have suffered sexual abuse or rape, this book may open old wounds. I would only say that it is worth staying with the book if you can. Yes, it may open old wounds, but it just might give you the tools to help you heal them - it has certainly given me a few prods in the right direction!

All in all, 5 stars. I'm not a fan of the usual kind of self help book, but this is something else entirely, something strange and wonderful. I could not put it down, and will be rereading it in the near future.
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