Stuart France: The Living One

Living One Cover Final FrontThe Living One:

Contemplations on the Gospel of Thomas,

by Stuart France

Available for Kindle and in Paperback via Amazon and all good bookstores.

…Road…and more road…

We pass a long stretch of salt devoured bush. The bark of all the trees resembles baked clay. Their heat gnawed limbs offer stunted surrender to a barren sky…

…Road…and more road…

If Great Britain is the foetus for the first time straightening its curled spine, silently stretching freshly formed fingers and toes, then this country is the heart, sequestered in its rib-cage of hill…

…Road…and more road…

Jed wants to reach the Red Centre and perform his little dance. I just want to be away from the wet and cold, and the wind, and the dark…for a little while at least…

…Road…and more road…

A line of distant tree-clad mountains drifts by luxuriant beneath white cloud… ‘At last, a landscape big enough for the music,” says Jed. I smile at that…

…Road…and more road…

In the scrap-yard built on the side of a hill, the wire gates are rusting open…two tall, thin, pale-men whose enormous eyes shine brightly, move together unconsciously….

…Road…and more road…

 ‘Let’s play frogs instead, splay spinney pools and legs. Circumvent: big bulbous gullets…belching rain…’

…Road…and more road…

The cyclones, and there are now three of them, have been following us since our stop at Moree. They travel out at sea when we are on the road and then swirl in on us whenever we stop anywhere for any length of time….

…Road…and more road…

‘E cumin outta dem bushes shinin’, ‘e shinin; like sum black buff sun…Dat ear-ring glow hee’s a showin, talkin mantin dat moved to pierce dat ear. An dat finger-der tappin, tappin tall tales on da-bone of de stick. De walkin’ stick of de lizard man…

…Road…and more road…

…“Tell me, said Salome, “what are your followers like?”

Joshua said, “They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs, when the owners of the field return they will say, ‘give us back our field!’ And my followers will have to comply.”…

dragon

Join Jed and Josh as they take the journey of a life-time through a continent’s bright-red-heart. 

The strangest road trip you’ll ever read…

That’s a promise!

ISBN-13: 978-1492378051

ISBN-10: 1492378054

Crucible of the SunCOMING SOON from STUART FRANCE

Crucible of the Sun:The Mabinogion  Retold

The Mabinogion, a unique window into the ancient world of stories;  a lyrical and beautiful retelling from the author of The Living One, The Initiate and Heart of Albion.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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