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Seeking the Source Seeking the Source (2005)
an earlier book of stories by Jan Arriens, brought back into print by Pronoun Press.
ISBN 978-0-9556183-2-1 180 pages £7.95

This is a wonderful collection of illustrated stories, set in the mythical town of Prithura in India. Memorable and uplifting, they will appeal to children and adults alike.

Here is a variety of colourful characters: Savitri the beautiful princess who has to choose a bridegroom, Vishnu the pancake seller at the Palace gates, a hermit who strangely takes a position in the town square and street hawkers based near a shrine where food offerings vanish. These gentle but often dramatic tales draw the reader into an inner place of great depth and mystery.

Jan Arriens wrote this book drawing on his time in Indonesia and Malaysia as a diplomat in the Australian foreign service. The stories reflect his interest in Quaker themes including non-violence and simplicity.

The stories are Illustrated by Margaret Mence Baker.

“A delightful change from the norm” –The Friend

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