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Simon Parke   Simon Parke

Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for twenty years, before leaving for fresh adventures. He worked for three years in a supermarket, stacking shelves and working on the till. He was also chair of the shop union. He has since left to go free lance, and now writes, leads retreats and offers consultancy.

He has written for The Independent and The Evening Standard, and is currently columnist with the Daily Mail. His weekly supermarket diary, Shelf Life, ran for 15 months in the Mail on Saturday, and he now contributes another weekly column called One-Minute Mystic. The book version of Shelf Life has recently been published by Rider. The book version of One-Minute Mystic was published by Hay House early in 2010.

Other books by Simon include Forsaking the Family, which is a refreshingly real look at family life. Our families made us; yet we understand very little of how our experiences as children still affects us. The book starts by contemplating Jesus’ ambivalence towards his own family, particularly his parents; reflects on how our family settings can both help and harm us; and suggests paths for freedom and authenticity.

The Beautiful Life, ‘10 new commandments because life could be better’, was published by Bloomsbury, and describes 10 skilful attitudes for life. Simon leads retreats around this book, and talks about it on this website.

Simon has been a teacher of the Enneagram for 20 years. The enneagram is an ancient and remarkable path of self-understanding, and Simon’s book on the subject, published by Lion, is called Enneagram: a private session with the world’s greatest psychologist.

Another Bloody Retreat is Simon’s desert novel, describing events at the monastery of St James-the-Less set in the sands of Middle Egypt. It follows the fortunes of Abbot Peter and the rest of the community, when the stillness of their sacred setting is rudely and irrevocably shattered.

Simon was born in Sussex, but has lived and worked in London for 25 years. He has written comedy and satire for TV and radio, picking up a Sony radio award. He has two grown up children and his hobbies include football, history and running. For more information, visit his website.

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