Simon Parke - Author

About the Author

Simon Parke has been a script writer for Spitting Image, a Sony award-winning radio writer and a weekly columnist for the Daily Mail. An Oxford graduate in history and a former priest in the Church of England, he is now CEO of the Mind Clinic and author of many books including the Abbot Peter murder mysteries, set in Seaford on the Sussex coast, where Simon now lives with the seagulls and his running shoes.

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Another Bloody Retreat Abbot Peter's Desert Years

Another Bloody Retreat Abbot Peter's Desert Years

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/01/2018

The Indecent Death of A Madam

The Indecent Death of A Madam

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

The Stormhaven Etiquette Society, a secretive affair, unafraid to name and shame those who transgress Model Services, the town's only brothel, a discreet but busy presence in Church Street Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over seven hundred mental patients prior to `care in the community' What brings these three together is a cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds. For lying dead in the empty asylum, tied to an old metal bed frame, is a pillar of the establishment. Or is she? Sleuthing couple DI Tamsin Shah and her remarkable cleric uncle join forces once again to solve a murder mystery that reveals dark secrets from Abbot Peter's tempestuous student years. `Do we ever leave anything behind?' he wonders as the killer swings the gun barrel towards him . . .

A (Very) Public School Murder

A (Very) Public School Murder

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2016

One-Minute Mindfulness How to Live in the Moment

One-Minute Mindfulness How to Live in the Moment

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2015

Sometimes we can lose touch with ourselves so much that we spend our days going through the motions, without really experiencing our lives. In today's world, we expend so much energy looking forward, rushing on to the next thing, or looking backwards, stressing and worrying about our perceived mistakes, that we rarely still ourselves and our minds enough to be truly in the present moment. In One-Minute Mindfulness, Simon Parke uses stories and simple thoughts to help us see how we can return to the present moment and remain there. This subtle change can be startlingly healing, bringing peace into every area of our lives, allowing us to live freely and fully and to honour what is true for each of us. Both inspiring and practical, this book is for anyone who wants to come home to themselves. This updated edition includes a new introduction and fresh insights for a new generation of mindfulness seekers.

A Director's, Cut

A Director's, Cut

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2014

`On stage, the light reveals a chair, on which the lone figure of a middle-aged lady sits. Bathed in creamy light, she gazes heavenwards, mouth open in motionless wonder. Her body pushed forward and her head yanked back, simultaneously, separating the vertebrae, as the pathologist would later say. And her throat cut, a mess of blood.' AN ABBOT PETER MYSTERY When the curtains of the Bell Theatre open for the second half of Mother's Day, a new play commissioned for the venue's thirtieth anniversary, the lifeless body of theatre director Hermione Bysshe-Urquhart MBE is revealed. Within the startled audience sit retired monk Abbot Peter and his guest for the evening, Detective Inspector Tamsin Shah. Tamsin and Peter undertake a new murder investigation among the cast and crew of the theatre, a struggling pro-am business operating from a converted church on the cliffs of the derelict seaside town of Stormhaven. Dark secrets from the past will be unearthed, some lying deeper than others.

One Minute Meditation

One Minute Meditation

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2014

A Psychiatrist, Screams

A Psychiatrist, Screams

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2013

`Although seven clowns started the evening alive, only six still breathed by the evening's end. And while everyone saw the murderer and knew the murderer, no one knew their name.' Henry House, an Elizabethan manor, is now occupied by Mind Gains, a new therapy centre in Stormhaven. But a Halloween party for staff and clients ends in gruesome and bloody murder. Once again, retired monk Abbot Peter and his niece Detective Inspector Tamsin Shah are called upon to solve the mystery. Who could have reason to kill the mild-mannered therapist, Barnabus Hope? What did he know that he shouldn't? As the Abbot and Detective enter the darkness, they find a therapy centre with much on its mind; and as staff and clients come under suspicion, Henry House proves reluctant to hand over its haunting secrets. Are there clues in the writings of a 14th century Persian poet? Maybe. But the psychology of horror must first have its day.

A Vicar, Crucified

A Vicar, Crucified

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2013

Abbot Peter has recently swapped his failing leadership of a remote monastery in the Sinai desert for retirement in the bleak and stormy English seaside town of Stormhaven. When the charismatic local vicar is discovered dead - crucified, naked, to a cross on the vestry wall - Abbot Peter is invited to act as a Special Witness investigator. He is assigned to work alongside Detective Inspector Tamsin Shah - young, pretty, brash, unsentimental and, by a peculiar quirk of fate, a niece that Abbot Peter never knew he had. A cast of suspects to the murder of Rev. Adam Fontaine is quickly revealed from within the church's own community - including the formidable flower-arranger, the egotistical bishop, the compassionate curate, the irascible youth worker and the frustrated treasurer. Nine people were at the meeting that immediately preceded the vicar's shocking death. Could the mystical nine-point Enneagram revered by the father he never knew help Abbot Peter uncover the murderer? More deaths will follow before he discovers the answer.

Pippa's Progress A Pilgrim's Journey to Heaven

Pippa's Progress A Pilgrim's Journey to Heaven

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2012

Times have changed since John Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim's Progress, telling of Pilgrim's journey up Hill Difficult and through the Slough of Despond to the Celestial City. Yet people in their millions still seek meaning in their lives and speak of journeying towards a goal. Everyone on earth seeks a heaven. This is the story of the journey of Pippa, a 21st-century Pilgrim. Simon Parke's witty and insightful modern-day re-telling of Pilgrim's Progress follows the original's premise of a pilgrim's journey to heaven, but this time through the trials and temptations of our secularised, multi-cultural society. Pippa's challenges along the way include the Rock of Subconscious, the Cliff of Hopelessness, the Fabulous Fame Game, the Sea of Identity and, of course, Heaven.

Solitude Recovering the Power of Alone

Solitude Recovering the Power of Alone

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2011

The Journey Home Ten New Commandments for Discovering Your True Self

The Journey Home Ten New Commandments for Discovering Your True Self

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2011

This book offers ten new commandments for coping with the stresses, strains and pressures of modern life. These ten new commandments are ten skilful attitudes for the attainment of your true self. 1. Be present 2. Observe yourself 3. Be nothing 4. Flee attachment 5. Transcend suffering 6. Drop your illusions 7. Prepare for truth 8. Cease separation 9. Know your soul 10. Fear nothing This handbook will set you on the path leading you back to who you really are. As Parke says, `When we become disconnected from who we are, however it happened, it is a long journey home. What follows is a consideration of that journey - the journey home to a beautiful life'.

One-Minute Mystic

One-Minute Mystic

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2010

Wake up your mind and soul with a mini meditation! Need a break from the mayhem of the modern world? Sometimes all you need is to give yourself permission to pause. You're not looking for easy answers or quick fixes; but you haven't given up on truth - truth that is deep enough to hold and transform the realities you live with every day. So why not try these simple steps? Simon Parke draws on his popular column in the Daily Mail to open you to wide doors of awareness and possibility. One-Minute Mystic gives meditations for those who like to pause , but who don't always know how to, or what to pause with. Just find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed, read through the meditation a few times, and allow its simple wisdom to inspire a shift within you. Wherever you are, and whatever your circumstances - it only takes a minute!

Shelf Life How I Found The Meaning of Life Stacking Supermarket Shelves

Shelf Life How I Found The Meaning of Life Stacking Supermarket Shelves

Author: Simon Parke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2009

The day I was appointed Chair of the shop union was the same day the Pope was elected. There the similarities end, however. For while his elevation took place beneath the fine art of the Sistine Chapel, with the mysterious white smoke rising, mine took place in the cold store, with nothing more mysterious than the bacon delivery and yesterday's waste... A vicar for twenty years, Simon Parke trades in his dog collar for a job on the tills in his local supermarket. Among the vegetable aisles and dairy produce he unpacks the meaning of life with his fellow workers, a colourful bunch. Sonny the security guard hates conflict; shelf-filler Winston knows he is destined for something better; and voluptuous Faith is generous with her wares - but sadly not with Simon. You don't have to be off your trolley to work there, but it helps... From checkout charlies to banana rage, from short-changed lows to cold store highs, Shelf Life is a pick-n-mix of wit and wisdom for anyone who loves life and hopes for more - no matter where they find themselves.

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