This astonishing, gripping book re-aligns and illuminates its characters and its readers. The brief, invisible return of the Taoist ninth century poet Han Shan brings a shimmering, healing dimension to the subtle, interwoven relationships of the past and present lives of its North London twenty first century characters, Barbara Brown’s writing generates and reflects the healing effect of Han’s ‘effortless effort.’ The exquisite detail of the unravelling of unresolved pain, somehow creates a more generous, loving world. My heart feels reminded of its imaginative potential for a greater whole. I felt guided, protected, nourished and softened by the brief presence and communion with the wise, poetic Han Shan.
ANNE GERAGHTY – author of IN THE DARK AND STILL MOVING
The flow of Barbara’s writing, like the Tao, carried me through London, ancient history and the cosmos. I was by turns enchanted, challenged and entertained. And I fell rather in love with Han!