New book – Smoke Hole by Dr Martin Shaw is due out in May 2021

Smoke Hole:
Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass
This passionate call to arms is Dr Martin Shaw’s latest book, due to be released by Chelsea Green in May and available now for pre-order.
Smoke Hole, written over lockdown from Martin’s cottage on Dartmoor, gives us three stories, three navigational tools, to offer a different kind of perspective on the times we’re in.

And to mark the launch of the book and the planned ending of lockdown in the UK, Martin is scheduling three day courses in Devon UK, details to be announced very soon.

 “The reality is that many of us are lonely, disorientated, sometimes afraid,” Martin explains. “There was no ceremonial announcement for the experience we were falling into, but I want to offer us three navigational tools for moving forward.”

The book is in three sections:

Growing Your Hands Back –  we’ve been encouraged to touch nothing this last period of time. How do we move back out into the world in a new way?

Breaking Enchantments – many of us have spent far too long in our own head, stewing in fantasy not imagination. This has to stop.

And finally, Kicking The Robbers Out Of The House – apprehending social media and the internet not as an influencer or savior but as a tool.

Martin writes: “Three roads, three strands, three stories. I want to change the pitch, alter the register, offer a different kind of perspective on the times we’re in.

“Most of that gear shift won’t come from yet more conceptual hi-jinks from very ancient stories and philosophies.
 “Three stories in fact, stories you can slip in your pocket. May you set on on the most magnificent journey.
“I’ve always written for those at a crossroads, and I now find we’re all at one.
No more business as usual.

Endorsements for Smoke Hole
  ‘Strung between the urgency of heartbreak and the joyful ferocity of hope.’
Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom   ‘Seize this book.  It will be the deepest and most delightful reading you do this year.’
Sarah Chayes, author of Everybody Knows: Corruption in America and The Potomac River: An Invitation to Change Course

‘With potent, lyrical language and a profound knowledge of storytelling, Shaw encourages and illuminates the mythic in our own lives. He is a modern-day bard.’  Madeline Miller, author of Circe and The Song of Achilles.
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