Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

James Russell Lowell

Here is the beginning of a list which will be added to and elaborated on as I write reviews and include links for each title. My selections are not based on literary or academic merit but rather on intent and meaning. The result is an eclectic mix of works, some literary in their persuasion, others commercial fast-paced stories, some academic works, some practitioner-based non fiction, some books that explore the craft of writing, others that concentrate on the art of story and creativity. All of it, I hope, will be inspirational and illuminating. And of course, any suggestions are welcome.



Writing and Creativity

STORY, Robert McKee

Writing as a Sacred Path, Jill Jepson

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

The Artist’s Way, Julie Cameron

Letters to a Young Artist, Julie Cameron

Writing Your Life, Patti Miller

Writing the Story of your Life, Carmel Bird

The Way of Story, Catherine Ann Jones

On Writing, Stephen King

The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within, Osho

Tell me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories, Daniel Taylor

The Courage to Create, Rollo May

Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky


Writers on Writing

A Way of Being Free, Ben Okri

Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood

Testaments Betrayed, Milan Kundera

The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera



The Undiscovered Self, Carl Jung

Wild Mind, Bill Plotkin

Nature and the Human Soul, Bill Plotkin

The Magic of Everyday Life, Maria Szepes

Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Shadow and Evil in Fairytales, M.L. von Franz



The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

Transformations of Myth through Time, Joseph Campbell

Awakening the Heroes Within, Carol Pearson

The Heroine’s Journey, Maureen Murdock

The Mythic Journey, Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke

A Short History of Myth, Karen Armstrong


Metaphysical Knowledge

The Prophet, Kahil Gbran

The Sufis, Idries Shah

The Way of the Sufi, Idries Shah

A Perfumed Scorpion, Idries Shah

Meetings with Remarkable Men, G.I. Gurdjieff

The Fourth Way, P. D. Ouspensky

The Secret History, Jonathan Black

The Sacred History, Jonathan Black



The Gift, Hafiz (take a look at his other works too)

Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and the Silence of the Heart, Rumi (take a look at his other works too)

Mary Oliver, any of her works

Rainer Maria Rilke, try a selection of his poems



The Pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho

Meeting Monroe, Kingsley L. Dennis

Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Compassionate Rebel Revolution: Ordinary People Changing the World, Burt Berlowe



The Water Theatre, Lindsay Clarke

The Chymical Wedding, Lindsay Clarke

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (take a look at his other works too – The Zahir, Brida, The Witch of Portobello. . .)

Rumi’s Daughter, Muriel Maufroy

The Garden of Hafez, Muriel Maufroy

Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse

The Red Lion, Maria Szepes – An alchemical novel – difficult to get hold of and very expensive but you can read it on Scribd.

The Song of the Man Who Can Through, Douglas Lockhart – also called Sabazius: Teachings of a Greek Magus

Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami

The Magdalene Line Trilogy: The Expected One, The Book of Love, The Poet Prince, Kathleen McGowan.

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

MindField, Tim Dub


Fiction for Children 

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.  C S Lewis

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Mary Poppins, P L Travers

The Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum

The Chronicles of Narnia, C S Lewis