Far Memory

Far Memory : The Autobiography of Joan Grant

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1geneal.table
  • 0552098531
  • 9780552098533

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A unique autobiography, which- in a sense- seems harder to compass than her first "novel", Winged Pharaoh, of which I wrote (then knowing nothing of her story) "I had a profound conviction that the writer had lived the experiences of the girl ruler of Egypt who tells her story, that the experiences.... had all been known at first hand." This and subsequent books recalled earlier lives- and now comes the story behind the story. Without the "novels" as evidence, it would be as difficult to accept Joan Grant's awareness of other lives she has lived, other times she has known, as is the acceptance of Bridey Murphy's world. But here is the year by year record of what must have been a disturbing, exhausting, baffling life, lived on many planes. From babyhood on Joan was not like other children. Over-serious, over-sensitive, uncomfortably aware that this life was only one of many she had known, constantly- or recurrently- in touch with the dead (her grandmother, Jenny, taught her to play the piano; her great love returned to explain the pistol shot that had killed him; strangers were encountered and told their tales). She dreamed strange dreams- dreamed "true"; she saw places in her other-world life that were uncannily recognizable; she could "psychometrise" physical objects; she had prevision (as her mother before her) of coming events. And much of this she was forced to hide, as her life was a full one, - intellectually, socially, romantically. It is an absorbing- often a disturbing- book. And it may well have a market in the field of those interested in extra-sensory perception, in occult philosophy, etc. (Kirkus Reviews)show more