The Book Vouch

Like a TV show where people sit on a couch and talk about their favourite books, except there’s no couch, no video, and no talking, just a list of books I can vouch for.

Not like one of these, though I can vouch that these book couches are very cool and they do actually work. [That’s an affiliate link, so if you buy a book seat through there I’ll get some money for a coffee, at no extra cost to you — most of the links on this page will do that.]

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Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness by Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, and Ralph Abraham, a series of trialogues between the authors, transcribed from recordings made at The Esalen Institute.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig is a classic of philosophical ficto-memoir that has inspired my own metaphysical adventures endlessly, and is one of the few books I’ve read more than once.


The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, a brilliant magic-realist novel about the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and “a family caught in the maelstrom of post-revolutionary chaos and brutality that sweeps across an ancient land and its people”. I have a review I wrote somewhere on another computer, which I will publish here soon.

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín, an almost literary genre-thriller about fairies seeking vengeance for being exiled from Ireland.