“Windleroot was permanently a wasps’ nest of rumour and scandal. Gobbets of gossip continually dripped from the awnings of the establishments in Lowe Street. An innocent remark made at the top end became a slanderous accusation by the time it arrived at the horse trough at the bottom. Making the most trivial observation about anyone in the town was like playing hopscotch in a minefield.”
Dick Symes leads a cast of Dickensian characters in this rollicking magic-tinged tale. After cavorting with strange beings from the 27th Dimension and inheriting an empowering object, the hero leads a campy caper to the town of Windleroot and its various peculiar environs such as the Nob, the Isle of Teflon, and the Crumpled Horn. Gordon Strong, a multifarious author, delivers a sumptuous modern phantasmagoria full of dithering magi, musty grimoires, chortling gods and dodgy magic – sprinkled evenly with wit, irony, allegory and pastiche.
Born in the beautiful county of Somerset, Gordon Strong is an author, teacher, musician, poet and Tarot reader. In his writings he delights in aspects of myth, philosophy, esoteric history and various mystery traditions and sacred earth sites. He is also an avid speaker, appearing often in both the UK and USA to address a variety of topics. He appeared in Sean Martin’s 2010 documentary Druid’s Grove, which features Stanton Drew as a key druid location.
Along with his public talks on the subject he has written extensively on the Stanton Drew stone circles complex. Strong has visited the site hundreds of times, in the company of dowsers, psychics, Druids, clairvoyants and the plain curious, and he makes special pilgrimages to the circles on the old Celtic quarter days.