Welcome to the Dark Side: Occult London
I’ve always been fascinated by esoterica and the occult, so I leapt at the chance to contribute to this beautiful map of the capital. It documents the magickal side of the city, places where secret societies meet, shady basements where rituals took place and where you might make like Blake and spot a throng of angels. The illustrations by Brian Rau shimmer, and Tree Carr’s guide to tools for the aspiring occultist is a practical guide for any beginner witch.
Here’s what publishers Herb Lester have to say about it.
“All human life is in London. But within the city exists a shadow world of druids, mystics, magicians and witches. This is an introduction to that hidden realm.
Welcome To The Dark Side is a large-format map that charts centuries of occult activity including the headquarters of the Golden Dawn; Aleister Crowley’s temples; where William Blake saw angels and William Burroughs launched a psychic attack after eating an unsatisfactory cheesecake.
For the aspiring occultist, there are shops to buy spells and books on magic, and libraries and museums for further study. Also included is A Guide To Magickal Tools For The Aspiring Occultist, a checklist for those wishing to take their exploration of the subject beyond the physical realm.
This is London, but not as you know it: Welcome To The Dark Side!”
I Know A Woman
This biographical collection was published by Aurum on February 15. It’s all about the links between some of the most fascinating women of the last couple of hundred years; friendships, mentoring, influences and groups that served to inspire and strengthen their resolve.
There are mini biographies of 84 women; some you’ll know such as Amelia Earhart, Beyoncé and Katharine Hepburn, but others are more esoteric. I loved uncovering the stories of artist Claude Cahun, aviatrix Marie Marvingt, and maths genius Sofia Kovalevskaya.
The book is made by the incredible illustrations of Sarah Papworth; they’re vibrant, compelling and tell each woman’s story to great effect. The book is available in all good bookshops and online, and I can’t wait for you to see it in real life – it’s a beautiful thing.
This guide to the city’s green side was published in May 2017 by Michael O’Mara. They say:
“London is a wonderful city, but sometimes the hustle and bustle, noise and grime, can get too much and you feel the need for some peace and quiet, clean air and nature. But there’s no need to flee to the countryside, as London has so many surprisingly ‘rural’ areas and activities to offer.
With everything from beautiful gardens and country walks, to cosy pubs and nature reserves, Rural London will help you to discover a very unexpected side of the capital city. Discover the best farmers markets, watch some Morris dancing and visit a country show. Take a stroll around London’s villages, go bird-spotting and take some time out in a beautiful park.”
Find it on Amazon here.
London in an Hour
Published by Virgin in May 2016, this guide featured 120 bite-size ideas for things to do and places to visit in London in under an hour. Buy it from Amazon here.
Press for Little London
“The ultimate guide to entertaining little kids in the big city.” Stylist Magazine
“There is something here for all families, whatever your budget. And for those outside of London, it’s still worth a look for those special trips to the capital. A super useful must-have buy.” Sharon F. Jones
Little London in the Sunday Express
“Even mums who think they know it all are sure to find something new in Little London.” Mummy In The City