by: Paul Torday

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A fisheries expert in the civil service is approached to help manifest a sheikh's dream to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Leaving a drab, colourless life of paper-pushing behind him, he embarks on an upstream journey of faith to prove the impossible can be possible. There is an allegory at work in this uplifting tale, told with delicious political satire, and the spiritual symbolism of the Sufi faith.

The sheikh is man of vision and wisdom, with the very nature of a Sufi master. With his vast wealth he brings magic into people’s lives. He brings a girl who has a broken heart, into his project and mends her heart and then she can follow it. The metaphor is to live with your heart. This story has real magic and is filled with spiritual symbolism. The uplifting moral of the story is to follow your passion, follow your heart and follow your dream. Isn’t that what we are all being called to do in this momentous year 2012, to awaken to our calling, follow our heart, even if we must swim upstream as salmon do. To live our passion and do the work we realise we are ‘programmed’ to do, deep within our soul.

352pp, 128mm x 196mm, Paperback, 2012