Saturday, 16 December 2017

Journey Out Returning

Journey Out Returning is a book by William Fell-Holding that recalls an interesting time in recent social history, the brief but influential flower power period of the 1967.

The book is told in diary form, for it is, essentially, the tale of the era as seen through the eyes of the author.

There's the amazing music scene, the fashions, a time of youthful bliss, of mind expansion and learning of new ways of living that supplanted the older order of things, of vibrant colours, of life and loves, of sexual awakenings and a veritable smorgasbord of new experiences that were all for the taking.

And yet, all is not well with our protagonist. He feels that his life, far from being at the zenith of the flower power year of 1967, is actually stagnating. That he is, emotionally, beginning to falter and collapse.

Can there be too much of a good thing, even in the realm of the expansion of the conscience? It would appear so and it is the simple arrival of a letter from his mother that set William off on the next part of the journey of his life.

And so it is that, perhaps a wiser man, he returns to Lancashire, his home county, in particular the Fylde coast,  where he is able to enter a new chapter in his life and renewal of his self, his own identity, aided by his mother, the community in which he had grown up and new friendships which all helped him to recuperate.

Eventually, a wiser and more fulfilled person, William returns to London.

I can't help thinking that there is much more to come from the author as he definitely leaves his readers wanting to learn more about his subsequent life. 

The book is published by Matador at £8.99 and can be obtained here

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