Isobel Blackthorn

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Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of unique and engaging fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her groundbreaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

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Alice A. Bailey: Life and Legacy – Cover Reveal and Preorder!

Yesterday, Shooting Star Press acquired my biography of Alice Bailey. Today, I am revealing the new cover!


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About Alice A. Bailey: Life & Legacy

From tragic beginnings as an aristocratic orphan to becoming the mother of the New Age spiritual movement, Alice A. Bailey is one of the modern era’s most misunderstood occult figures.


Bailey’s journey is a story of faith, from orthodox Chris

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Of Aztecs and Conquistadors by Juan Pablo Jalisco
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This is a moving and evocative collection of poetry set in Mexico that sets out to paint a descriptive landscape as much as enlighten the reader of the ancient and magical ways of a place steeped in tradition. The author’s own passion and appreciatio ...more
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Tales from the Tombstone by S Ballinger & P Coombes
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Tales from the Tombstone is a feast of a book perfect for those interested in local history of the Cotswolds, tourists visiting the area and researchers alike. Filled with photos and a cauldron of primary source material including newspaper cuttings, ...more
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ISOBEL  by A.J. Griffiths-Jones
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I was drawn by the exquisite cover to read Isobel: A Mallery & Hobbs Murder Case, the first in a charming and fresh cosy mystery series. Set in Saint Margaux near Bordeaux in the French countryside, this mystery contains all the elements of a satisfy ...more
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Slow Down is a fast-paced thriller written as though memoir from the perspective of protagonist and wannabe writer and film director Noah Spaeth. He’s about twenty-six looking back on events of four years prior and how he came to create his debut fil ...more
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Purple Death by Brian L. Porter
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Set in Richmond-on-Thames, a part of London I am familiar with as it’s my maternal line’s old stomping ground, Purple Death is a gripping whodunnit featuring a spat of seemingly random deaths. All the victims died of Aconite poisoning, otherwise know ...more
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A Barrow Boy's Cadenza by Pete Adams
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Kind Hearts and Martinets is a police procedural series that majors in the camaraderie of the officers themselves as much as it does solving crimes, and A Barrow Boy's Cadenza is no exception. Adams also majors in interesting plots with enough comple ...more
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The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox
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This post-apocalyptic sci-fi offering opens in the bowels of the Arc, a failing underground community where electrical engineer Raven Wilder attempts to repair yet more decrepit wiring. It's an essential role and it's never ending. The Arc needs elec ...more
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Auxiliary opens with hard-boiled detective Carl Dremmler who arrives at the seen of a death in a London flat. The body is that of Shawn Ambrose, an unemployed roboticist and AltWorld addict who became so sucked into the virtual reality AltWorld affor ...more
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Amelie Trott and the Earth Watchers by Moyra Irving
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What a perfectly delightful book this is! We first meet Amelie as a feisty, confident and assertive ten-year old giving a public address, reminiscent of the Greta Thunbergs emerging among the youth of today. We are then taken back to when Amelie is a ...more
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“Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom.

But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood――establishing independence and intimacy――burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and in memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships.

She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the trauma.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

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“The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Lewis Herman
“Over time as most people fail the survivor's exacting test of trustworthiness, she tends to withdraw from relationships. The isolation of the survivor thus persists even after she is free.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Lewis Herman
“Combat and rape, the public and private forms of organized social violence, are primarily experiences of adolescent and early adult life. The United States Army enlists young men at seventeen; the average age of the Vietnam combat soldier was nineteen. In many other countries boys are conscripted for military service while barely in their teens. Similarly, the period of highest risk for rape is in late adolescence. Half of all victims are aged twenty or younger at the time they are raped; three-quarters are between the ages of thirteen and twenty-six. The period of greatest psychological vulnerability is also in reality the period of greatest traumatic exposure, for both young men and young women. Rape and combat might thus be considered complementary social rites of initiation into the coercive violence at the foundation of adult society. They are the paradigmatic forms of trauma for women and men.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Lewis Herman
“The ORDINARY RESPONSE TO ATROCITIES is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable.

Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Folk wisdom is filled with ghosts who refuse to rest in their graves until their stories are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims.

The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma. People who have survived atrocities often tell their stories in a highly emotional, contradictory, and fragmented manner that undermines their credibility and thereby serves the twin imperatives of truth-telling and secrecy. When the truth is finally recognized, survivors can begin their recovery. But far too often secrecy prevails, and the story of the traumatic event surfaces not as a verbal narrative but as a symptom.

The psychological distress symptoms of traumatized people simultaneously call attention to the existence of an unspeakable secret and deflect attention from it. This is most apparent in the way traumatized people alternate between feeling numb and reliving the event. The dialectic of trauma gives rise to complicated, sometimes uncanny alterations of consciousness, which George Orwell, one of the committed truth-tellers of our century, called "doublethink," and which mental health professionals, searching for calm, precise language, call "dissociation." It results in protean, dramatic, and often bizarre symptoms of hysteria which Freud recognized a century ago as disguised communications about sexual abuse in childhood. . . .”
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