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    Diary of a Soul Doctor from the Ashington Casebooks compiled by Dr. Jack Rivers, by Caitlín Matthews       HOLD FAST by Mark Ryan and John Matthews       Minotaur by Michael & Elizabeth Ayrton       Return of the Soul Doctor by Caitlín Matthews    
                         
   
Diary of a Soul Doctor from the Ashington Casebooks compiled by Dr. Jack Rivers, by Caitlín Matthews
     
HOLD FAST by Mark Ryan and John Matthews
     
Minotaur by Michael & Elizabeth Ayrton
     
Return of the Soul Doctor by Caitlín Matthews
   
                         
   
The Soul Doctor of this series of ten interlinked stories is Richard Ashington. Known to everyone as Ash, he is a healer and psychologist with a magical background. Calling upon a wide range of esoteric skills to track down and heal the cause of baffling conditions and mysterious situations, with his dependable, and sometimes sceptical assistant, Jack Rivers, Ash investigates cases that have baffled doctors, defying diagnosis or detection.
     
It would be virtually impossible to invent Mark Ryan. In his life, he has been a secret soldier, a West End leading man, a cult TV icon, a Hollywood actor, a licensed private investigator and an advisor to the L.A. Police Department. He has written two books about the history and psychology of tarot, taught intelligence officers how to uncover secrets and actors how to use a sword, as well as working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Here, in collaboration with New York Times bestselling author John Matthews, a long-time friend, Mark tells his amazing story.
     
 
Michael Ayrton was one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. He was also an accomplished writer, critic and biographer, who was obsessed with the myth of the Minotaur. Following his death in1975 John Matthews, who had known Ayrton well, obtained permission from the artist’s widow to create a memorial book. This story written by Elizabeth Ayrton, is a re-telling the myth of the Minotaur from the viewpoint of Ariadne, and an essay by Ayrton himself in which he explored his own work on the topic thorough a semi-fictionalized account. 
     

The second of the Soul Doctor books sees the return of Ash and another set of case histories recorded by his assistant Jack Rivers, involving mysterious psychic disturbances and unsolvable soul sicknesses. Set against the background of their residential nursing home on the South Downs, many stories play out: the unwary visitor to sacred sites who falls into a dangerous trance, the overshadowing of a young artist who paints like a Renaissance master, the deadly haunting of an army camp, the Jacobean play with a reputation worse than that of Macbeth, the man still being stalked by a prisoner put away for life, and the young woman trying to return from a life of abuse. Ash and Jack delve deeper into the human psyche, reaching into the timeless zones to bring healing to shattered lives. This time they face dangers that require them to seek sanctuary themselves.

   
                         
   
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    The Sword of Ice and Fire       Tittivulus or the Verbiage Collector by Michael Ayrton                    
                             
   
The Sword of Ice and Fire
     
Tittivulus or the Verbiage Collector by Michael Ayrton
     
 
     
 
   
                             
   
Sword of Ice and Fire tells the story of Arthur’s journey from childhood to kingship. Beginning with Arthur’s early days in the care of the mysterious Nine, to his meeting with Merlin and their subsequent adventures, it  follows the early life of Arthur in which he encounters many of the people who will become central characters in the Arthurian legends, as well as the supernatural beings who throng the world of Arthurian Britain. The first in Red Dragon Rising quartet sets out to follow happened to Arthur in the years when he was being brought up in ignorance of his true heritage, when Merlin taught him how to become a king? 

'The Sword of Ice and Fire bears all the marks of John Matthews’ great knowledge of the historical/mythical setting, the clarity of his prose, and a sure sense of narrative momentum. '        
            -   Philip Pullman, Author of the His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust trilogies
     
Tittivulus is the name of a minor Demon who, several hundred years ago, was given the thankless task of collecting in sacks all the negligences, pomposities, and vanities of utterance throughout the world. As civilization grew more complex, his duties increased and daily he delivered to Chaos thousands of sacks full of foolish words. These are quoted to the reader, and consist of actual selections from political speeches, arguments, metaphysical and otherwise, literary opinions and apologia of all kinds.
     
 
     
 
   
                             
   
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