Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey by Isobel Blackthorn. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop on the blog tour. Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
Back in 1931, Alice is preparing to give a speech at a Swiss summer school. But how can she stave the tide of hatred and greed set to bring the world to its knees?
Soon after, Alice is put on Hitler’s blacklist. What she doesn’t realize is the enormity of her influence to the world, and the real enemies who are much closer than she thinks.
A dynamic and complex figure, Alice Bailey’s reach was huge. She was influential among people and organizations of global power, especially the United Nations, and is widely regarded as the Mother of the New Age.
Yet today she is maligned by fundamentalist Christians, Theosophists, Jews, academics and above all, by conspiracy theorists. Are any of these groups justified in rejecting the unlikely occultist?
“Blackthorn’s exploration of Alice Bailey’s life and work provides a unique and intimate insight into Bailey’s life and the times in which she lived. For anyone seeking to explore the roots of Bailey’s influence on the New Age movement as well as her unsought role as the bête noire of the conspiracy scene, there’s no better place to begin.”Aaron John Gulyas, associate professor and author of
I’ll be honest, The Unlikely Occultist isn’t a novel I’d typically reach for, however, when I see Isobel Blackthorn, I go for it. I’ve enjoyed her work in the past, so this was worthwhile to pick up and try.
This is a biographical story about Alice Bailey. Isobel Blackthorn proves once again, she has the ability to do the research necessary to make a novel like this feel authentic. While some of it is obviously fabricated for story purposes, it is very realistic feeling and true to what I imagine Alice Bailey’s personality and life was like.
This story alternates between the past and the present and the information presented is fascinating. I think for the type of novel this is, it was placed evenly and was enjoyable to read through.
If you enjoy history and historical fiction, The Unlikely Occultist is something worth checking out. Again, I enjoy Isobel Blackthorn’s writing, so while this might not have been a book I’d normally read, the writing is beautiful and I’m glad I took a leap.
Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.
Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.
Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.
Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs.
A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.
Let me know what you think!