Hilary Jane

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Writing Your Way by Manjusvara
Writing Your Way by Manjusvara
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This isn't the usual sort of writer's manual or self help book. For a start, there is very little about formal technique - that's not what it's about. It's about the process and not the result. The assertion here is that, in writing as well as in life, what you do isn't as important as how you do it. And how you do it is about change and transformation.

I hope that doesn't sound offputtingly abstract - there's plenty of practical advice here, although some of that may be a bit unexpected too. Among other things, we are shown how to lower our standards, forget about trying harder, and to borrow liberally and creatively from other writers. More challenging still, we are reminded… Read more
Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Michael Rosen
67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Carrying the Elephant is made up of 72 untitled, and mostly very short, prose poems, picking out vivid scenes from Michael Rosen's life so far, and then on to the next, which could be minutes or years later. The effect is a bit like shaking a kaleidoscope instead of turning it steadily.
Only around twenty of the pieces - embedded at the heart of the collection - deal directly with Rosen's son's sudden death from meningitis at the age of eighteen, but the pain and shock of that devastating event seem to spread outwards through the whole collection. Or maybe that's just how it seemed to me. I bought this book when I was desperately struggling with a very similar loss, frantically… Read more
Going Buddhist: Panic and Emptiness, the Buddha an&hellip by Peter J. Conradi
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Peter Conradi began to explore Buddhism when terrifying panic attacks started to take over his life. As he points out early on in Going Buddhist, these claustrophobic free-floating terrors are hardly uncommon in the West, and nor is it uncommon to set off on a spiritual search at times of acute psychological distress. So what follows is an impressionistic view of an intensely personal journey, quirky, humorous and irreverent, but also a deeply serious look at issues that can affect us all.
Conradi's spiritual search is a highly western one. Despite many references to the eastern masters he has learnt from over the years, the ideas and insights he returns to again and again are, rather… Read more