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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books (27 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782799885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782799887
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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A menopausal witch, magic and mayhem...fabulous book I could totally relate to! --Rachel Patterson, author of Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft

About the Author

Sheena Cundy is a witch, wife, mother, musician, teacher and Reiki Master. She teaches the Tarot, spiritual development, and horse riding, and sings and writes songs for her pagan band Morrigans Path. Sheena is author of the Magic of Nature Oracle, a card deck based on British wildlife.

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A delightfully engaging debut novel by Sheena Cundy. The plot, the characters and the beautifully crafted flirtations between a witches magic and the realities of life were a joy to read. If you are a woman of a certain age, a follower of modern witchcraft or just love a good book with a comedic overtone this is it. The Madness and the Magic is the perfect easy read to curl up with on a winters evening or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Be prepared to get lost in the mayhem and laugh out loud at the magical antics of Witch Minerva as she tries to overcome her menopausal challenges to win the attentions of the dishy new vicar.
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If you enjoy magic, madness, earthiness, tarot and paganism and are looking for a mischievous and fun read, then The Madness and the Magic will provide all, of this and more. A snapshot of a witch's developing romance with the new vicar set against the traumatic events in her daughters life provide the backdrop for not a little of Ms Cundy's own magic as a storyteller. I actually read this book cover to cover over the space of two days and was disappointed when it ended as I found myself wanting to know what happened next. A good place to leave the reader and one that certainly leaves this reader waiting for the next instalment.
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My children like asking me: am I a witch?! But no, that is not a title I feel can claim for myself. However, Sheena Cundy's delightful book arrived with a personal note on a postcard from The Museum of Witchcraft. Now that got my children's attention!! Had I just received a communication from a "true witch"?! Yes, I had! I will have you know that I instantly rose miles in their esteem. Thank you Sheena!

The Madness and the Magic is a lovely book. It is a novel and packs a good story with many laughs (plus some serious food for thought). Having said that, what makes it different from a regular "good read" is that it is about a Witch called Minerva (and her teenage daughter) so one actually finds out what happens in the household of a witch! Is the universe perceived a touch differently here? Even the new year starts on a different day of year, compared to most households!

The cosmology that forms the backdrop of this books follows sound spiritual principles. I am actually pretty sure this is what could or would well be happening in the house of a witch right now!

As a shamanic teacher I feel that the funniest scene in the whole book involves a set of dentures and a fire. I won't give the details away (buy the book!) but I laughed out loud.

So... if you are looking for a book that is intelligent and unusual - this is the book for you! And did you know that even a menopausal witch cannot escape hot flushes?! There just doesn't seem to be a spell to ward them off...

I am sure my three boys will now say: and what about a novel about what happens in the household of a shamanic practitioner?! But no, I doubt that it would be half as entertaining as this book...

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By Libby on 12 Feb. 2016
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I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down and I didn't want it to end. This debut novel by Sheena Cundy is a wonderful fast-paced romp. The publisher, Moon Books, produces books on all aspects of paganism and as such the book is largely directed at a pagan audience, but this is to pigeon-hole it in a far to restricted fashion – the book can be enjoyed by anyone with an open mind, an appreciation of the magic of life and a sense of humour, regardless of religious persuasion.

Although the book deals with serious issues it never takes itself or its paganism too seriously. The central character, Minerva, just happens to be a modern day witch who is struggling with the problems of single motherhood, menopause and a teenage daughter's accidental pregnancy while dealing with her own attraction to the new dishy, guitar-playing vicar. Her attempts to use magic to influence the outcome of events are hilarious, but the book also has its moment of sadness and this too is handled with a lightness of touch that ensures it never becomes maudlin. The characters are well drawn, from over-the-top Minerva herself to her insecure friend Isis, from Rhiannon, her daughter, trying to find her own place in the world to the refreshingly open-minded vicar.

Although written by a self-confessed modern day witch you don't need to be pagan to love this book. It is a very human but ultimately uplifting tale that will be enjoyed equally by all women of 'a certain age' and no doubt by their open-minded male partners too. I can't wait for the promised second instalment.
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A feisty, mature woman who puts her faith in the Goddess and the magic of tarot, and an independent young woman who is trying to find her way. This modern day story of witchcraft and magic is full of love and loss, and the longing of companionship. In The Madness and the Magic, Sheena Cundy has woven a tale of enchantment that has touched my heart. I was unable to put this delightful book down and stayed up way too late to finish it. As a matter of fact, I liked this book so much that I have read it twice and deeply hope that Sheena continues this story of love, loss, mayhem, and magic.
The characters were fun to get to know and I loved each one, including Mr. Marley and Lucifer. The relationship between Minerva and Rhiannon is like most mother daughter relationships. Full of ups and downs, one finds herself going through menopause (complete with hot flashes), and the other finds herself pregnant. The magic of friendships helps these two find their way through the trials of love and loss.
Interweaving the magic of tarot with the everyday happenings of life, makes this a fun, fast paced read. Though tragic at times, I found the way the characters surrounded each other with love and understanding, to be deeply uplifting. Sheena Cundy has written a beautiful story full of magic and adventure that will be sure to charm the reader. She knows her stuff in the real world of Witchcraft and it shows throughout this very enjoyable read.
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