The Christmas Love Bundle

The Christmas Love Bundle: A signed trio from Dr Martin Shaw   A special trio of love stories, each signed by the author, will mark the festive season at Cista Mystica this year. The Christmas Love Bundle, to include The Night Wages, Tristan & Isolde and the rarely glimpsed The Five Fathoms will make an ideal gift for romantics. Says Martin: "These three unearth my take on both the glories and despairs of Romantic love. They were rather hard-won books to write, but dipping in again I'm

The Hawk & the Holly: new audio + commentary

Gawain & the Green Knight Brand new audio and commentary An extra special audio telling and commentary of Gawain & the Green Knight has begun on Martin's online newsletter The House of Beasts & Vines, for paid subscribers only. The first of four episodes, which will run fortnightly up to Christmas, is now available, an ideal gift for the festive season at £6 ($7) per month. As well as full access to the latest writings, audio and drawings direct from Martin's desk, subscribers get exclusive access to everything

Stag Cult: latest book out now

Stag Cult: Dr Martin Shaw's latest book out now Dr Martin Shaw's latest book Stag Cult, just released on Saturday, is already number one on the London Review Bookshop's best sellers list. Published by Hazel Press, this latest work is described as a 'shamanistic bricolage' that lifts a lantern to a kind of haunting we can’t quite exorcize. Read more from the publisher here. Martin says: "All writers love to see London Review of Books, their book and number one bestseller in the same sentence. "Good cheer and

Book news, audio & upcoming events

Dr Martin Shaw: book news, audio and events Cista Mystica has just taken delivery of a new batch of Martin's books Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass and Courting the Wild Twin, published by Chelsea Green. All orders for the next three weeks from Cista Mystica (until Monday June 6) will be signed by Martin, who will be talking about Smoke Hole on May 26 when he is interviewed as part of the magazine The Idler's pub-style  'A Drink with the Idler'

Martin Shaw in Conversation with Poet Malcolm Guite + New Gilgamesh & Inanna Audio

The latest addition to Martin Shaw's subscription newsletter The House of Beasts & Vines is a freely-available conversation with the poet Malcolm Guite, who recently turned up at Martin's door at the scrag end of a storm with a bottle of Jura in hand. Their 25-minute conversation covers C.S. Lewis, the Gods and the Nuance of Animism, and joins the fortnightly treasury of offerings which includes the audio 'Sunday Stories', recorded direct from Martin's desk, down by the river, and out on the moor. Some free tasters are

Martin Shaw Reads His Underworld Essay

As both a mythologist and wilderness rites-of-passage guide I am frequently asked to comment on climate change, collapsing stories, and what on earth to say to our kids about the future. I am no kind of pundit, so choose my words sparingly and carefully. What follows is a few thoughts. Climate change isn’t a case to be made, it’s a sound to be heard. From a mythic perspective, seeing is often a form of identifying, but hearing is the locating of a much more personal message. Hearing creates


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