An antiquarian’s widow discovers her husband’s lost journals and sets out on a journey of remembrance across 1920s England and France, retracing his steps in search of healing and independence. Along alignments of place and memory she meets mystic Dion Fortune, leyline-pioneer Alfred Watkins and a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle obsessed with the Cottingley Fairies. From Glastonbury to Carnac, she visits the ancient sites that obsessed her husband and, tested by both earthly and unearthly forces, she discovers a power within herself. The Long Woman is an exploration of the sacred landscapes of the past and the secret landscapes of the soul.
‘The Long Woman is a tender yet intimate journey of personal discovery, which the writer walks with his heroine, and any reader who would travel with them. Guided by the spirits of the land and the gods of nature, it takes us on the first steps towards understanding the ancient wisdom of sacred relationship with the land. Guided too by the spirits of the dead, it teaches of human courage and frailty. A beautiful book, filled with the quiet of dawn, and the first cool breaths of new life, it reveals how the poignance of real humanity is ever sprinkled with magic.’ Emma Restall Orr, author of Druid Priestess & Living Druidry
‘A compulsively readable, & beautifully written tale of love and loss. The interweaving of past and present, the earthly and the supernatural creates a poetic and haunting novel – one that is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. Maud’s determination and endurance is a great testament to the possibilities of the spirit. Her search for something permanent in a transient world is a journey we can all relate to. A great achievement…a beautiful book.’ Waterstones Recommends
‘The Long Woman is a beautiful novel. I devoured it on my flight back to Kansas. I admire how smoothly you wove the mystical elements of the store while maintaining a coherent plot, a beautifully melancholy mood, and expertly crafted prose. The character, Maud, will be in my head for quite some time.’ Larry Philips, Kansas
‘Skilfully crafted and brimming with knowledge about the period and its esoteric renaissance, the author offers a convincingly ordinary and genuine heroine as travel companion that might prove to be inspiration to explore one’s own places of loss and denial in relation to the deep healing that can be retrieved in nature. Combining a gentle yet evocative language with deep spiritual insight, The Long Woman is an inspiring journey into the heart of “all things” and a delightful read for anybody who explores the ways we are inseparably interwoven with each other and creation in order to face and master our own life’s lessons.’ Karola Muller, Bonn
‘A very, very good read… I thoroughly loved reading this book. The author blended the mystical elements of the story into the plot in a way that supported the story, without taking over. The melancholy mood of the book was lovely and comfortable to read. The main character Maude is interesting and easy to relate to. I’ll definitely check out more of Kevan’s writing. A very good read for a rainy day.’