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The Finger And The Moon

The Finger And The Moon by Geoffrey Ashe

Unavail­able for a quar­ter of a cen­tu­ry and long sought-after by the author’s many enthu­si­as­tic read­ers, The Fin­ger and the Moon was orig­i­nal­ly con­ceived as non-fic­tion, and is the only nov­el to date writ­ten by lead­ing Arthuri­an schol­ar and Glas­ton­bury res­i­dent Geof­frey Ashe.

ISBN 0–9649553-2–6, 304pp, 5.5 x 8.5 in, soft­cov­er
SRP: UK £12.99, US $19.95, CAN $26.50
Pub­li­ca­tion date: June 21, 2004

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The Fin­ger and the Moon

“Do what you will – but be very sure you will it” is the mot­to over the entrance to All­hal­lows, a col­lege of mag­ic and mys­tery set deep in the Eng­lish coun­try­side, in the shad­ow of leg­endary Glas­ton­bury Tor. Here, under the guid­ance of for­mer psy­chol­o­gist Mar­tin Ellis, peo­ple come from all walks of life to study – what, exact­ly? – and leave with their lives deeply changed.

Free­lance jour­nal­ist Geof­frey is deter­mined to find out what is going on at All­hal­lows, and what makes Ellis – and his grad­u­ates – tick. But from his first moments in the time­less atmos­phere of the Geor­gian man­sion, the gar­den with its strange sculp­tures, the mys­te­ri­ous tem­ple and the enig­mat­ic maze, he feels sure that the answers to his ques­tions will not come eas­i­ly. To reach his goal, he will need a great deal more than the­o­ries on mag­ic and mys­ti­cism: he will need to expe­ri­ence these ancient forces and tra­di­tions him­self — a process that will lay bare his soul, cul­mi­nat­ing in a mind-expand­ing vision from the very heart of the leg­end of King Arthur and the Mat­ter of Britain. It’s an expe­ri­ence not to be missed.

Unavail­able for a quar­ter of a cen­tu­ry and long sought-after by the author’s many enthu­si­as­tic read­ers, The Fin­ger and the Moon was orig­i­nal­ly con­ceived as non-fic­tion, and is the only nov­el to date writ­ten by lead­ing Arthuri­an schol­ar and Glas­ton­bury res­i­dent Geof­frey Ashe.

This new edi­tion includes a spe­cial­ly-writ­ten intro­duc­tion and exten­sive anno­ta­tions by the author — unusu­al in a work of fic­tion. These new ele­ments answer many ques­tions and bring a new per­spec­tive to the book’s pow­er­ful themes of mag­ic and the nature of human­i­ty, plac­ing them in con­text with the author’s oth­er works.

Cov­er by Jan Billings. Designed by Richard Elen.

Reviews

Excerpts from reviews of ear­li­er edi­tions

‘An unusu­al­ly intel­li­gent sto­ry’ — Oxford Mail

‘Bizarre, excit­ing, sin­is­ter, with mag­i­cal hap­pen­ings galore… Mr Ashe’s author­i­ta­tive touch lends cre­dence to much that this dra­mat­ic and shiv­ery sto­ry implies’ — The Scots­man

‘A haunt­ing­ly mem­o­rable achieve­ment… and all the more so because Mr Ashe sees clear­ly, and states at every point, the case for the oppo­si­tion’ — Times Lit­er­ary Sup­ple­ment

‘A strik­ing­ly impres­sive vision’ — The Econ­o­mist

About Geof­frey Ashe

Geof­frey Ashe is wide­ly regard­ed as the world’s lead­ing expert on ancient mys­ter­ies and mythol­o­gy in gen­er­al, and the Arthuri­an Leg­ends and the Mat­ter of Britain in par­tic­u­lar.

Author of two dozen books on these and oth­er sub­jects, and con­trib­u­tor to a num­ber of learned jour­nals over a peri­od of many years, Geof­frey Ashe has held vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor­ships at sev­er­al uni­ver­si­ties in the Unit­ed States. He also lec­tures exten­sive­ly on both sides of the Atlantic and is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor and advi­sor to tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­taries and series on King Arthur and British his­to­ry and leg­end.

In the mid-Six­ties, Geof­frey Ashe co-found­ed the Camelot Research Com­mit­tee, which was respon­si­ble for the exca­va­tion of Cad­bury Cas­tle in Som­er­set, one of sev­er­al loca­tions to have a rea­son­able claim to being the site of King Arthur’s Camelot. He was also involved in exca­va­tions on Glas­ton­bury Tor.