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The Shaman in Stilettos

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  179 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
When celebrity journalist Anna Hunt takes a break from her glamorous, high-powered and fast-paced job to live in Peru for three months, none of her friends take her seriously. A burn-the-candle-at-both-ends 29-year-old with a love of stilettos, chocolate, fast cars and Sauvignon Blanc, she seems to have it all, including a wealthy boyfriend and a comfortable pad in Maryleb ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Penguin Books
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Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
By writing this review, I feel like a hypocrite, because my biggest issue with it was how judgemental the author appears to be. I simply don't understand a "healer" who has so little compassion for or understanding of people who don't fit her model of "cool". And I shudder to think how some of the people who are depicted so negatively in her book will feel when they read about themselves. If we assume that Ms Hunt is indeed a gifted shaman, I think it is incumbent on her to stop being so judgeme ...more
Alison Kennedy
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Worst book I've EVER had the misfortune of reading. I have to hold back my tirade here. I received this as part of my local library's reading relay. I was hoping it would make me read more varied novels and novels of a lighter genre than I tend to read. However, I honestly wanted to hurl the book at the wall on numerous ocassions.

It opens with "Every self-respecting young woman needs two essentials..." What would these essentials be? A secure job? loving family? Nope...chocolate and high heels.
Jo Halstead
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weirdie-books
Overall, I enjoyed this book. What kept me reading was wanting to understand how Anna Hunt developed her tools to become a shaman. At times, I struggled to ignore parts that just felt really shallow and judgemental - but then as I read on, began to realise that I think this is part of the point she is trying to make... that no one is perfect, that we should find ways of making peace with who we are and what our needs and preferences are, instead of feeling lost because we are led by a need to co ...more
Hugo Moss
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would say that this book is an absolute must for anyone who feels trapped in day to day minutiae and office politics and wants to believe that it is possible to break free.I was lent the Shaman in Stilettos by a friend who recommended it highly and found it completely engrossing. It wouldn't have been a normal choice for me but I am so glad I read it. Anna Hunt's journey from the rat race to the beautiful and exotic depths of Peru have taught me a lot about what is possible if you have the ne ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some parts of this book were incredibly beautiful and interesting - unfortunately other parts of it were unremittingly tedious.

I could have done without the pages where Anna Hunt bitches about almost every person she meets in Peru, her so-called friends or the obsessive label dropping in the London sections.

Inevitably Shaman in Stilettos is compared to Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love - but Hunt's book lacks the well-rounded characters, compassion and maturity of Gilbert's.

As other's have s
Cassy Simmonds
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

I would agree with most of the 5 star reviews on here, and believe respect should be given to everyone’s personal view, although I can’t help but think even the tiny minority of somewhat pessimistic views seemed to have misinterpreted the author’s honest inner dialogue and flow. It is a gracefully written portrayal of inner duality, and this is what makes it so relatable and candid.

The author’s journey really plays with the notion of battle between inner intuition and wisdom an
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, audio-book
I wanted to read this book for a long time. Maybe I had raised expectations but I found it disappointing. Anna seems to be a silly, self indulgent 30 something who goes to Peru to find herself and meets a Shaman. I found the prose was very simplistic and Anna asks the Shaman constant questions as to why this or why that. There is no subtlety or beauty to the prose, not even in the descriptions of the Peruvian jungle and Mayan ruins. I did enjoy the second half of the book better, as Anna seemed ...more
Claire Brayne
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel because of the sheer bare faced cheek of the main character! She is judgemental and the writing is clumsy at times but it kept me reading in a chick lit sort of way with the odd bit of wisdom thrown in.
What surprised me was that this was actually a memoir of sorts! It does not ring true to me and is still very much under fiction in my mind.
I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a good page turning read and didn't mind repetition and deviation.
Will Ms Hunt write m
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
What a judgemental, self-obsessed, materialist prick. So bad. So so bad. I should've stopped reading this book when I realised the author was a journalist for the Daily Heil. But I didn't.

Shame on you Anna Hunt. You shamelessly tried to commercialise Shamanism. And I bet my arse you had a plan like the reviewer below says:

"It's like Marketing 101: "my positioning is the Shaman with a sense of fashion, the person who merges SATC with ancient beliefs. My product is targeted towards 30-something si
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Loved the central idea of the book, but found almost every character hard to like. The writing was, at times, clumsy, and I found the author entirely unsympathetic. I also couldn't decide (and neither could the author, apparently) whether her shamanic guide was a charlatan or not, an issue which is never successfully resolved, so that the whole thing feels rather empty and pointless.
Fiona Robson
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
One of the best, most enjoyable books I have read this year. I loved the author's courage and I only wish I were so brave! It was absolutely fascinating and I love the way that Anna Hunt is spiritual without being down on material success. I only wish there had been photographs of Maximo!
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Shaman in Stilettos starts off as run of the mill chick-lit novel focusing on the glitz and glamour life of Anna Hunt, a celebrity journalist addicted to Green and Black's chocolate and shopping; she has a particular fondness of stylish stilettos.

However, the reader soon comes to realise that while Anna's life sounds very enticing, she is in fact bordering on the edge of a depression. Not her well-paid job, gorgeous boyfriend or her expensive flat in Marylebone can give her a feeling of sati
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Really loved this story and was very intrigued by it, amazed even but it was pretty poorly written. Very chick-lit-esque and even a bit tabloid but the author is a celeb-hack, so... She is also pretty pleased with herself!

Lots of cliches and crass expressions that made me cringe a tad! And lots of adjectives used in an odd way like 'after slinging on my bikini, I trot down the steps...', I dunno it all felt a bit shallow and basic in it's descriptions!

BUT putting that aside the self help junkie
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Giving 5 stars as I was so enchanted with this book that I am now sleep deprived and aching to experience more of the shamanic energy healing methods. Really grateful to Anna to share this inspiring experience. Thank you also for the author's honesty to describe and show herself as she was before and after Peru although her attitude from the beginning would annoy me. As she comes to Peru and starts growing, learning shamanism and also learning how to handle a delicious yet player type of a guy - ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
this book grabbed my attention from the very 1st page and for the first few chapters i couldnt put it down and was eager to follow anna's adventure..unfortunately it quickly became very predictive and i started to lose interest about half way through but i did keep with it as i hate not finishing a book..overall i was glad to have read it as i think it gives a light hearted glimpse into the shamanic way of life and for someone like myself who knew very little about this topic i feel ive learnt e ...more
Nancy Stringer
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
What it feels like to give up your job to become a shaman...

Unhappy and burnt out, Anna Hunt took a sabbatical in South America. After meeting and falling for a Peruvian medicine man, she decided to abandon her old life and train with him. "I learn to see and move energy using my bare hands. This enables me to relieve clients of physical pain. And I learn how to move energy into and through my body."

Shamans work on the principle that everything with form consists of energy, and if you can move e
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely a page turner for those who are interested in Shamanism from a different angle. It's message is about bringing 2 worlds together. The art of synchronising the first-world lifestyle with the magical world of true shamanism.
The main character has her moments of being 'a princess' but it all comes full circle towards the end of the book where she matures & develops into an inspiring healer. After all, personal growth is the most important thing & this book reflects
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
A big disappointment. Despite a promising title and suspiciously good reviews on Amazon (feels like lots of Sock-Puppet reviews ie writing one's own good reviews), the storyline didn't deliver. It's hard to like any of the main characters and the principal character still comes across as shallow and judgemental at the end of the book despite the whole Shamanic journey.
Imogen Harris
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've not finished this book yet . I think that some reviewers are under the impression that it is a novel ! It is not , and therefore the plot and characters are not fiction . It would be wrong to read this expecting romantic outcomes etc and far better to approach it more open mindedly . It is a biographic journey (forgive the word ) into the practise of Shamanism . And I am really enjoying it .
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book but don't know quite how much is based on truth and how much is fiction. I found parts of it didn't flow that well and was a little confusing.
It certainly was interesting as I'm a Reiki Master myself and could identify with some of the healing bits.
Nikki Turner
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book giving you insights to the world of Shamanism through the eyes of an 'girl about town, Londoner'. Really enjoyed the relationship she had with herself and how she grew into her power on her journey into herself through the wonders which are within... Peru xx
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolute complete & utter nonsense.
Kate Pogson
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so many things we can learn in the world
Alicia Davidson
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Terrible book could not finish! Only read halfway and I had enough, could have been an amazing story. But was WEIRDDDD! Weird type of writing also, hated it.
Natalie Fallon
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
A very readable combination of spirituality with a place for home comforts :-)
Sophie Younger
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
starts off a bit tedious but worth sticking with. overall a great read!
Jill Short
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Rubbish. Doesn't really go anywhere apart from lusting after the shaman teacher in every chapter. Tried to persevere with this book but ended up losing all interest three quarters of the way through.
Sherry Gewitzke
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book
Kindly lent to me by Bex xxx
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm really torn. Loved bits of it, trudged through others
I'm not sure she's fully embraced her transition and is still holding something back?
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this on a spa-break and it was a fun read to relax with. It had so much potential as a story but didn't quite live up to my expectations.
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