Of all the books on shamanism in this Review, this one is the most low-key, in a way. It’s not terribly autobiographical: sure, it has many anecdotes, but the author seems more to want to stay out of the limelight. The material is almost all Native American but Chris lives in Cornwall, so the teachings are all lit by the bracing fresh light of westernmost Britain. Shamanism is the fundamental teaching behind it all, but the text is very much focused on making our own lives better in simple ways, which don’t require walking the shaman’s path. It’s serious, yes, but it truly repays close reading.
384pp, 210 x 130 mm, Hardback, 2017